Student Life

The voices of UCSF stretch across all backgrounds and walks of life, and they are calling out to be heard.

On November 8, 2018, I woke up to 65 text message notifications. One was from my close friend in New York City. It read, “Holy shit the news about TO [Thousand Oaks].”

Originally published in Synapse - The UCSF student newspaper, Feb. 18, 1999. Fourth-year medical student Todd Whitehurst recently drafted “Patient Safety Initiative” would limit the number of hours that interns, residents, and medical students work to 72 per week.

I slowly indulge

in the warm whispers

and tingling waves

that travel up and down

from around outside

 

Deep within

an impulse arises

bubbling my

cold red blood

November 17, 2017 — Two weeks ago, I volunteered in the student-run homeless clinic in downtown San Francisco. Having arrived early, my classmates and I practiced taking blood pressures on each other.

I am not exactly sure what setting nor what city I will end up in after I graduate from UCSF/SFSU.

Imagine a time when work hour limits did not exist, medical providers worked full days immediately after being on call every second or third night, and errors were made, sometimes with acknowledgement, but mostly without.

“Last year, I was doing this exercise where I would leave lab and then I would put a little tick every time I saw a black person and there were days when I would put only one and that was me in the mirror in the morning.”

UC San Francisco health professional students and White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) joined trainees, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members for a teach-in, featuring the

Something I always admired about my dad is his ability to talk at length on any subject. Even as I pursued my PhD, he would call me up to talk about an article he read on CRISPR or cancer therapy or he would email me links to journal articles he had read.