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Ucsf Fresno Ob/Gyn Residency Personal Statement

The UCSF Fresno Family Medicine residency program is a three-year ACGME-accredited program. The program matches 12 PGY-1 residents each year.

The UCSF Fresno Family Medicine residency program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Arlin Venturina, MD, Program Director
Catherine Dunlap, Residency/Fellowship Supervisor
Family Medicine Residency Program

For information about our application requirements please see below. For answers to specific questions, please contact:

Catherine Dunlap, Residency/Fellowship Supervisor
Family Medicine Residency Program
UCSF Fresno Center
155 N Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93701
Telephone: (559) 499 -6450
FAX: (559) 499-6451
Web address:
UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program web address:

Application Requirements:

UCSF Fresno Family Medicine reviews every application. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted via the ERAS program. The following information is considered when deciding whether to invite an applicant for an interview:

1. Common Application Form
2. Personal Statement
3. Three Letters of Recommendation dated within the last 3 years; recommendations from family physicians are especially encouraged
4. Medical School Performance Evaluation (Dean’s Letter)
5. Medical School Transcripts
6. Standardized Test Scores (USMLE or NBOME)

When complete, the Residency Director and a Resident Selection Committee will review each application and select individuals who will be invited for an interview.

If you are selected for a personal interview, our Recruiting Coordinator will contact you by email to schedule a date. Our interview days begin at 7:30am and end at about 3:30pm. Informal gatherings hosted by residents are held the evening prior to interviews.

Interview dates for 2016-2017 are: TBD

Minimum Employment Requirements
To be eligible for an appointment contract for residency training with “The University of California” all current or expected trainees must possess one of the following for the duration of all anticipated years of training:
  • be a United States citizen
  • be in possession of a green card
  • be in possession of an EAD (work permit)
  • possess an ECFMG –sponsored J-1 visa


The University does not sponsor H-1B visas. Please contact individual programs regarding their policy on sponsoring H-1B visas.

California Medical License
The State of California requires housestaff who meet the following criteria to have a license in order to continue training:

US Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 25th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training
Foreign/International Graduate- must possess a license by the 1st day of the 37th month of (all) US ACGME Accredited Post Graduate Training

Background Checks
UCSF Fresno is committed to selecting and hiring the most capable housestaff in order to pursue its strategic goals of excellence in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity and service to the community. All offers of appointment to UCSF Fresno sponsored GME programs are specifically conditioned upon a criminal background investigation. Background checks will be carried out by an agency on behalf of UCSF Fresno Graduate Medical Education Office. By signing the background check release form, prospective trainees are consenting to a background investigation

Additional Information for Foreign Medical Graduates
The State of California requires that graduates of schools outside the U.S. or Canada obtain a “Postgraduate Training Authorization” letter authorizing residency training in California. The letter is valid for entry into a training program for one year. The expected start date for residency training must be before the letter expires (one year from issue date).

You must be in possession of an ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certificate in order to commence residency training in the United States. Please visit the ECFMG website at for additional information on how to obtain certification.

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The UCSF Fresno OBGYN Department is staffed with three MFM faculty who provide perinatal services throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. In addition to providing services in a rural health clinic located in Visalia, our department operates two local perinatology practices: University Women’s Specialty Center and University Perinatal Associates.  We accept outpatient referrals and maternal transports from more than fifteen hospitals in the region resulting in one of the largest perinatal practices and inpatient services in the San Joaquin Valley. The perinatal practice and hospital serve as the hub of a growing regional perinatology and transport program serving six counties with a combined delivery volume of approximately 50,000 deliveries per year.

Through the University Women’s Specialty Center and the inpatient service, residents fully participate in the care of our high risk patients and receive hands-on training in cervical cerclage, external cephalic version, amniocentesis and other high-risk procedures. As a California approved prenatal diagnostic center, we receive a large volume of genetic screening and nuchal translucency referrals. Consultations are provided for medical complications of pregnancy, preconception counseling, diabetes in pregnancy, fetal medicine, isoimmunization, and fetal and genetic abnormalities.

Under the direct supervision of the faculty and sonographers, Residents receive ultrasound training during their 1st and 4th program year at two locations: University Women’s Specialty Center and the University Perinatal Associates.  This experience includes training in cervical length, nuchal translucency, basic and targeted transabdominal, Doppler, and 3-D assessment as well as fetal echocardiography. The University Women’s Specialty Center is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in both obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography and performs more than 500 non-stress tests and 2500 ultrasound procedures per month.

OBGYN residents rotate through the 84 bed NICU during their intern year to develop knowledge and skills that will assist in the management of our high risk OB patients. Monthly, we collaborate with neonatology and genetics faculty to provide a Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality Conference which covers a wide variety of topics including state-of-the art reviews of evidence-based care.

Through this diverse high risk obstetric population, numerous ongoing research projects in preterm labor, diabetes, ultrasound, and other aspects of maternal and fetal medicine are available.