This election cycle, the top of the ticket is in the spotlight, and for good reason. However, California voters will also be considering a sizeable list of ballot propositions. Some of this year’s ballot measures address pressing public health issues like prescription drug prices, funding for healthcare programs, legalizing marijuana, tobacco taxes, and even the adult film industry. To help inform the UCSF community, the Health Policy Interest Group hosted a Know Your Ballot event featuring lively discussion and nonpartisan presentations on selected state and city-level ballot measures.
UCSF students and health care workers are campaigning to provide a free medical clinic for Native Americans facing violence while protesting a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota. “Upon invitation by the Standing Rock Nation, we are partnering with tribal leadership and local health workers to provide health care at a time where many people have limited access to health care due to geographic location, limited resources at local hospitals, and are subject to a strong police presence in the area.”
Marybeth Gasman, in a recent article for the Washington Post, describes obstacles many professionals of color, mainly African Americans, face when applying for faculty positions in the U.S. Sadly, this article points out how our current higher education system is far from reaching equity. Nevertheless, Gasman acknowledges that “ensuring that African Americans have opportunity and equity means interacting with them daily, having to listen their voices and perspective,” and this holds true for all minority groups.
This election cycle has been a ride, hasn’t it? Donald Trump is grabbing everything but Republican endorsements, Hillary Clinton is proving that the permanent problems are the ones you delete, Gary Johnson is still figuring out what Aleppo is, and Jill Stein – well, her lack of media attention has probably bolstered her credibility more than anything.

On Friday, April 24, Point-of-Care UltraSound (POCUS), invites all UCSF students and faculty to attend a student-led Ultrasound Conference and Exposition in the Millberry Union Conference Center.

“How do you make a movement sustainable with drastic change?”
Despite uncertainty over eligibility, students seem excited about the new Cost of Living Supplement (COLS) introduced by UCSF earlier this year to help offset San Francisco’s steep housing cost. Around two dozen students filed into a lecture hall on the Parnassus campus on Wednesday, May 10, to get answers during a town hall held by UCSF administrators, including Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Watkins and Interim Director of Financial Aid, Ron James.
When the “Frisco Five” embarked on a hunger strike to protest police violence, students and faculty from UCSF stood by their side to care for them through the effects of starvation.
The UC postdoctoral union is determined to eradicate the unique challenges international postdoctoral scholars face while working at UC campuses — challenges that can include getting stranded in a foreign country while awaiting a potentially lengthy visa renewal process and getting laid off due to delays.
When healthcare providers and insurance companies disagree on a “fair” price for a service, patients can get caught in the crossfire. A UCSF student learned that the hard way when she received a surprise $10,000 bill after an ER visit at SFGH. What aspects of our healthcare system allow this to happen, and what is being done about it?