The UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery PA Residency Program is affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  We offer a 13 month post graduate program for 2 PA orthopedic surgery residents per year.  Graduates who successfully complete the residency will receive a certificate of completion from UCSF. Orthopaedic Surgery PA residents will learn and work alongside physician residents during their clinical and didactic training. The program will feature a strong emphasis on clinical teaching, surgical skills and hands-on learning. The goal of our PA residency is to provide extensive orthopaedic surgery patient management skills that will help propel graduates into successful future careers in both academic and private practice settings.

UCSF Fresno recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with the opening of a center for medical education and research. This thirty million dollar facility is an indicator of the support from the University of California. This new state-of-the-art facility located on the Community Regional Medical Center campus has a library, an auditorium and multiple conference rooms with full audiovisual support, a clinical research center, and a simulation lab. CRMC campus also includes a 641 bed Level 1 Trauma Center, medical office buildings, outpatient clinics, and a brand new workout facility. Approximately 300 residents and fellows are currently obtaining postgraduate training on the UCSF Fresno campus.  There are nearly 200 full time faculty members representing all specialties. The CRMC emergency department has over 110,000 patient visits per year, making it one of the busiest in the state. The sister facility, 208 bed Clovis Community Medical Center, has approximately 50,000 annual ED patient visits.




The orthopaedic surgery PA residency curriculum will entail a full-time 13 month program consisting of an intensive didactic portion and structured clinical rotation experience within the various subspecialties of orthopaedics. Amongst other things, residents will receive training in the use of electronic medical records (EMR), emergency management of the orthopaedic trauma patients, operating room set-up and procedures, surgical assisting skills, inpatient and ambulatory patient care. PA residents will be working side-by-side with faculty, experienced orthopaedic Physician Assistants and orthopedic surgery residents.

The graduate is expected to be a proficient first-assistant in the operating room and will have extensive experience in the triage, evaluation and management of both inpatient and outpatient orthopaedic conditions in the various subspecialties of trauma, joint reconstruction, hand and upper extremity surgery, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, spine, foot and ankle.


Orthopedic summer boot-camp:

Documentation, common ER calls, pain management, splinting, casting, skeletal traction, pre-op planning, OR table set-up

Orthopaedic sub-specialty lectures:

Hand & upper extremity, foot & ankle, trauma, tumor, sports, spine, joint reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics, morbidity & mortality conferences, journal club

Weekly Conferences:

Monday: Hand Conference (Every other Monday)

Tuesday: Fracture Conference

Wednesday: Arthroplasty Conference (Every other Wednesday)

Friday: Grand Rounds

Clinical Rotations:

2 months equivalent: Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery / Spine

2 months equivalent: Hand and Upper Extremity

2 months equivalent: Adult Reconstructive Surgery / Sports

6 months equivalent: Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery


Cognitive and procedural experiences will include (but not limited to):

  • Proficiency in focused musculoskeletal history & physical exam
  • X-ray / CT / MRI imaging indications for ordering & interpretation
  • Casting and splinting techniques
  • Joint and tendon injections
  • Joint aspirations
  • Abscess / infection drainage and management
  • Wound evaluation and management
  • Fracture/ dislocation reduction techniques
  • Fracture care
  • Skeletal traction placement and management
  • Surgical first assisting skills
  • Surgical wound closure skills


The UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery PA Residency Program is affiliated with UCSF School of Medicine.  The selected candidate would become an employee of Central California Faculty Medical Group (CCFMG) during the 13 month program.



Application Requirements
Completed application
Graduate of ARC-PA accredited PA program
Baccalaureate degree or higher
Current NCCPA certification
California state licensure
DEA licensure
Official PA school transcripts
Three professional letters of recommendation
Personal statement
Curriculum vitae
Personal interview


A rolling admission process allows for year-round applications.

Interviews are required and will be held through the year and applicants will be notified soon after regarding their status.

Summer Start Date:  June 27, 2016.

However, we will be offering rolling admissions through the year for accepted applicants who have a later graduation date.

Credentials awarded following completion of our program include a certificate of completion from UCSF.


The following outlines the stipend provided along with the list of benefits:

  • 13 month stipend: $50,000
  • Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation (3 weeks) & CME time (1 week): 4 weeks total.
  • Membership in the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS) Society
  • UCSF Fresno email account
  • Each Orthopedic surgery PA will receive a textbook in orthopaedic surgery and a pair of trauma shears
  • Access to the Physician Resource Center (lunch, computers)
  • Access to the UCSF Fresno Medical Education and Research Center (medical library, auditorium, conference rooms, clinical research center, simulation lab)
  • Malpractice coverage will be full occurrence coverage through UCSF



Housing will be at the expense and the responsibility of the applicant.