A clinical observation was made where a women who was once tormented and traumatized by an incident sits in a warm room comforted by a nurse and therapist who sit side-by-side.

“Being forced to resign from my 11-year gymnastics career was incredibly life changing for better and for worse. I had countless discussions with healthcare providers telling me that my physical abilities would be limited as I had a high risk for trauma. However, I refused to acknowledge the limitations that were set before me.
By Ray
After reading Aaron Mattingly’s recently published Synapse article “Leadership or Lip Service?” about his disappointment in Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Daniel Lowenstein, Dr. Dan Lowenstein, during the Annual Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion, I’m compelled to weigh in. In last March’s article “Living the Dream,” I highlight the issue of perpetual fatigue caused by UCSF’s stressful work environment. I state that in truth, the dream of coming to UCSF can sometimes feel like a nightmare. Unexpectedly, I received a formal response to that article. And lo and behold, who did it come from? The same antagonist from Aaron’s article: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Daniel Lowenstein. This is what he wrote to me:
Most of us enter the health profession with idyllic views and goals of being able to treat all patients equally, reducing obstacles to provide for the underserved, and changing lives. However, many of us are met with the realities of debt and changes in the healthcare system. Scores of us travel across the country to lobby for changes, and sometimes it’s hard to see any headway or find stories that inspire us rather than make the task seem more daunting. Every year, the UCSF Dental Almuni Association awards a Medal of Honor, and the American College of Dentists awards a Distinguished Faculty Member.
Have you heard of UCSF Connect? UCSF Connect is the official online social networking platform for UCSF alumni, students, residents, fellows, postdocs, faculty and staff. Launched last month and co-sponsored by all the UCSF alumni associations, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD), UCSF Connect allows you to connect with classmates and colleagues, expand your network, and learn about UCSF events and opportunities. Here are five reasons to join UCSF Connect.
​What does it take to repair a broken heart? The Biomedical Sciences (BMS) graduate program at UCSF is instilling in us profound respect for medical practitioners, and the awareness that our daily work in the lab — monotonous hours of pipetting and repeatedly failing for the slim hope of success — eventually leads to better understanding, tools, and therapies to repair damage in the human body. To repair a broken heart, it takes doctors, researchers, and those bridging the gap between a test tube and human. Doctors and researchers alike share responsibility in building, supporting, and traversing this two-way bridge, from “bench to bedside” and back again, bringing better disease understanding to researchers and advances to therapies.
As your executive vice chancellor and provost, I facilitated the annual Chancellor’s Leadership Diversity Forum on April 27. During the Q&A, Engie Salama, second-year School of Pharmacy student, demonstrated her courage by describing the challenges she and others face in the rigorous learning environment at UCSF, the mental health consequences, and the question of what more could be done to provide support. Aaron Mattingly’s opinion piece, “Leadership or Lip Service,” in Synapse from two weeks ago, describes his reaction to my response, which I understand.
Rebekka Baiser

“I love running around with kids because I feel free to be the goofy person that I am. And as a goofy person, science is easier to learn in an interactive and silly way.

In a “Faculty-Student Meet and Greet” event hosted by UCSF’s Women in Life Sciences group, I was inspired by Carol Gross’s perspective towards participating in efforts to safeguard ideals in our community, especially those associated with promoting diversity. In her opinion when people have persevered for change, some change has followed. It hasn’t been easy. But voices make a difference. Then, why should it be different this time?
Image of a thumbs down.

On Thursday April 27 UCSF held the 10th Annual Chancellor’s Leadership Forum on Diversity and Inclusion, but I was not entirely convinced that all of the leadership were there to listen. In fact, one exchange in particular told me that when it comes to diversity at UCSF, lip service sometimes takes precedence over action.