UCSF Establishes UCSF Fresno as a ‘Branch Campus’ of the UCSF School of Medicine

July 10, 2018 | By Laura Kurtzman
UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research.

UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research.

UCSF School of Medicine is establishing a "branch campus" at UCSF Fresno, to lead the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME), a training program designed to prepare medical students to address the unique health needs of the region’s diverse and underserved populations. UCSF students enrolled in the program will spend 18 months at UCSF in San Francisco and then move to Fresno for the remainder of their medical school training.

Up to six students will be accepted in the fall of 2019, with the goal of achieving an incoming SJV PRIME class of 12 students. 

The program, previously based at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was recently transferred to UCSF with the approval of the national medical school accrediting body, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, paving the way for the branch campus at UCSF Fresno. The campus is distinct from, but operates under, the accreditation of the UCSF School of Medicine. 

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