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New Physicians Train at Selma Clinic


SELMA – Four new University of California San Francisco – Fresno residents began their family medicine training at the Adventist Health / Community Care – Selma clinic on July 31.

The UCSF – Fresno program is unique because it exposes residents, or physicians in training, to rural areas and not just urban areas. They will also be exposed to obstetrics and deliver babies.

The residents were hand-selected by doctors to receive three years of training.

Dr. Sheena Edmonds is from Visalia. She’s a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and earned her medical degree from Western University of Health Science in Ponoma, Calif. “I wanted to become a doctor because I really liked science and math.” As a former waitress, Dr. Edmonds had great experiences with the community so she feels a strong connection with the people here.

Dr. Jihan Mandilawi is from Claremont, Calif. She graduated from Boston College and earned her medical degree from Ross University. “I really enjoy interacting with different people, backgrounds and ages. I want to help people get healthy and stay healthy.”

Dr. Sarah Nasir lived in Bangladesh until she was 11 years old. Her family then moved to the Bay Area. She graduated from University of California at Davis and earned her medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. “My mom is a doctor, so I saw the difference a doctor can make in someone’s life,” she says. Dr. Nasir speaks English, Bangla, Spanish, Hindi and Urdu.

Dr. Patrick Polach was born in Fresno, but grew up in Humboldt County. He moved to the Sacramento area to attend University of California at Davis. He has a medical degree from Midwestern, University – AZCOM. “I was exposed to poverty at a young age when I visited the Philippines, and had a desire to help people,” he says. Dr. Polach speaks both English and Spanish.

The Selma clinic is at 1041 Rose Ave. with a phone number of (559) 856-6090.