The annual storytelling slam event, Social Histories, reminds us all of the importance of trust in healthcare, in patients, and in each other.

In 2017, I skied for the first time. In 2018, I slipped on ice and broke my collarbone. My classmates got me through the next months, and we crowned my recovery by returning to the slope that started it all.

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper on April 23, 1981.

Nuclear war is a medical issue, not a political issue. If such a war occurs, it will create the final medical epidemic for which there is no cure.

Synapse Storytelling Contest

If you have an eye for great photography or a talent for the written word, you can win part of nearly $2,000 in prizes that’s up for grabs for talented UCSF students. The Synapse Storytelling Contest invites writers and photographers to submit their best work for a chance to win a dozen prizes each valued between $50 and $250. The deadline for entry is Friday, July 19.

Check out last year's entries here.

During the Cambodian genocide, everything was taken away from the people, including color. After nearly 4 years under the Khmer Rouge regime, my mother received a green sarong from her mother. Freedom.

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper, April 13, 1973.

I am greeted by a cool morning’s energy

carried in the brisk air breaking on my back.

Refreshed, I approach the towering sanctum.

Its spire rends the sky, providing a lofty perch

for a lone gargoyle.

Physician advocacy on global climate change may be the greatest public health intervention of our lifetime, Dr. Sheri Weiser said at the April 2 event “Confronting the Link Between Climate Change, Migration, and Human Health.”

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper on April 7, 1983.

When you promised to make my brain sing color,

I jumped at the chance.

You were a painter of vibrancies,

inking trails to collect on debts for every

sunset stolen from your palette.