I shouldn't admit this, but I started medical school mainly because I wasn't sure what else to do. What I really wanted was to be a writer, but I knew it was hard and impractical, and I figured I could just do it on the side while making a living as a physician. I've been doing a bit of freelance and having some success. It's getting harder and harder to convince myself to stick with medicine in light of that. What do you think? Should I stay or should I go?

Less than one month after I started dental school in 2004, my father suffered a heart attack, and it was determined he would need quadruple bypass surgery to treat the impaired blood flow through his coronary arteries.

UCSF students are currently in the thick of qualifying exam season, a time both of stress and of celebration when it is all over.  Looking back at when I took my exam at Parnassus, it would have been nice to have a place to grab a quick beer on ca

1. Watching people walk, and critiquing every possible gait deviation. 2. Noticing someone’s posture before the color of his or her eyes. 3. Exuberance over finding pants that are professional enough, but allow full range of movement and bending. Same goes for shoes. 4. Working out during lunch, and eating during class. 5. Demanding a stretch break every hour, as part of our professional values.

Welcome to UCaSeFiles, a column in which short case vignettes are submitted by UCSF medical students, residents and attendings based on the stories of real patients seen on the wards, with eac

San Francisco General Hospital record keeping remains fragmented

Mount Sutro is a rare, under-appreciated gem in UCSF’s backyard. Recent debates about UCSF’s long-term plan for this wild urban park have focused on how to manage the eucalyptus and other plants.

I started a rotation at San Francisco General Hospital at the beginning of February—my first one there since the summer of 2011.

I am a student in the School of Nursing. I guess I don’t have a lot of self-confidence in general, but I know I am in the right place. The thing that I don’t understand is how other people seem so much more confident than me, especially the medical students with whom we occasionally share teaching sessions. It seems like they are so much more confident, and that they might even feel superior to nursing students. Or is it that I feel inferior to them?

In last week’s issue of Synapse (February 6), Winnie Chan described a struggle many professional students experience: the effort to maintain the qualities they have always valued in themselves while working to keep up with the furious pac