As members of the faculty of the University of California San Francisco-Fresno Pediatric Residency Program, my colleagues and I are reeling from the recent announcement by Valley Children’s Hospital that it will create its own pediatric residency training program, dissolving a 40-year partnership with the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program (“Valley Children’s Hospital to train pediatricians,” Jan. 9).
Since 1975, the UCSF Fresno program has trained over 300 pediatricians, over 40% of whom have stayed in the Valley. Many ultimately became members of the faculty, further contributing to the process of “growing our own.”
Perhaps the greatest strength of our program is the unique opportunity that residents have to train at two very different, yet complementary sites, Community Regional Medical Center and Valley Children’s Hospital. The educational experiences of the residents would be incomplete and inadequate if they were limited to one site or the other.
This latest move by Valley Children’s to establish a separate, duplicate program would single-handedly destroy what decades of hard work, commitment and resources have built: a strong academic program that creates well-rounded, compassionate and knowledgeable pediatricians who serve the children of our community and beyond.
Aimee Abu-Shamsieh, M.D.