Student Life

Oral health is crucial to systemic health—and prevention begins at a much earlier age than most of us realize.

One of my favorite things about UCSF is that it’s a pass/fail system, so it’s not like undergrad. I can spend more time learning the material conceptually and have more time to get involved with the things I’m passionate about—community outreach, research and clinical services. My peers are extremely intelligent and I’m proud to have them as my future colleagues. The location is also amazing … it’s California; you can’t complain.

The associated students of the school of nursing hosted the winter social January 14, and it was a huge success!  Muffins, croissants, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa were served to the 81 nursing students in attendance.

As health care providers at a premier research campus, many of us contribute to cutting-edge developments in our respective fields.

San Francisco is an expensive city, and the UCSF students and administration knows it.


Finding affordable housing is a struggle for many in the Bay Area, and UCSF students are no exception. Over the next few issues, Synapse will be exploring the present and future of student housing at UCSF.

All good things in life come with a price. Children are not exception.

Overall, I’ve had a really positive experience at UCSF so far. I have found inspiring mentors and role models to guide me in becoming the welcoming, thorough, passionate dentist I want to become. I loved anatomy lab and simulation lab because I love working with my hands and seeing my skills develop. The hardest part of my first quarter was actually homesickness because I’m a crybaby!
Every year the student body nominates two to three faculty for the honor of giving a lecture to answer the question “What would you say if it was the last lecture you were to ever give?” Students will vote in February for the faculty they would like to hear. To allow for adequate planning time, nominations must be made by Feb. 2. GPSA looks forward to the address of our voted mentor in the year 2015.

Throwback to the origin of the Synapse student newspaper in 1957, when a College of Dentistry newsletter evolved into a campus-wide paper "designed to provide a much needed source of communication on this campus."