If vying for universal healthcare is the third rail of American politics, then attempting to combine prayer and science is the third rail of academic medicine. For better or worse, I expected this when I started medical school.

Editor's note: Kelly Crotty is the third place winner if the Synapse Storytelling Contest creative writing category.

Insectum is the second place winner in the Synapse Storytelling Contest's creative writing category. Comments from Synapse editor in chief and category judge Ariane Panzer: This poem had a consistent and very original theme.

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper October 24, 1985

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded its 1985 Peace Prize on Oct. 11 to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Striking UCSF union workers are walking city streets in front of the Parnassus and Mission Bay campuses for three days this week to protest allegations of union interference.

Medical Students Make the Worst Patients: The Tragicomedy of an MS1 is the third place winner of the Synapse Storytelling Contest's personal essay category.

Where is the XX in immunology? Less than 30% of faculty in the UCSF Immunology department are women. That’s 13% less female representation than the UCSF-wide faculty demographic, where men still hold the majority.

It’s common to see seuxally diverse populations in liberal cities like San Francisco. However, how well does academia represent these different groups?

Originally published on Oct. 18, 1982 in Synapse – UCSF Student Voices. On Oct. 1 to 5, 200 North American health workers, armed with medical supplies, books, lecture outlines and clinical experience, travelled to Nicaragua to participate in the second U.S.-Nicaragua Colloquium on Health. We went to provide updated medical information on a broad range of topics and to observe first hand the health conditions in the country.

The Crucial Third is the second place winner of the Synapse Storytelling Contest's science writing category.