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“We could work through this illness together instead of being so isolated. It gave me something to look forward to,” said one participant.

The accreditation from WSCUC ensures rigorous standards of quality and integrity and allows students to receive Title IV federal financial aid. 

A panel of experts, moderated by Bob Wachter, MD, debated the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, silver linings and lessons learned.

Chin-Hong, MD, talked about his multicultural Caribbean upbringing and finding his voice during COVID-19, backed, of course, by a calypso soundtrack.

Keep up to date on the national data security breach affecting the University of California, including FAQs and resources available to the UCSF community.

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Yoshiko Stowell receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine at a drive-through pop-up community vaccination site held by Umoja Health in a BART station parking lot. Umoja Health is a partnership between UCSF, the Alameda County Public Health Department, and the City of Oakland.
Nominate a Diversity Champion: Nominations are open for the 2021 Chancellor Awards for Diversity, which are bestowed each year to deserving UCSF faculty, staff, and students/residents/postdoctoral scholars. This year we want to especially highlight candidates whose contributions are aligned with our Anti-racism Initiative. Submit a nomination by May 7 »

New Emergency Sick Leave for Employees: The UC Office of the President announced a new bank of Emergency Paid Sick Leave available for use between March 29, 2021, through September 30, 2021. This is a new bank of leave, separate from the COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave and the EPSL bank that expired on December 31, 2020. Learn more »

Vaccine PSAs in Six Languages: We’ve published a series of COVID-19 vaccine PSAs, featuring UCSF health care providers and staff sharing their experiences in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese and Tagalog. View the full playlist »

Mission Bay Construction: Work will begin this month and continue through August 2024 for a new UCSF clinical facility and parking garage in Mission Bay. The Block 34 project is located south of the new UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, and is bounded by Illinois, Mariposa and Third Streets. Bookmark this page for updates »
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Wellness Corner
April is Earth Month! Did you know producing one quarter-pound beef burger uses 425 gallons of water – enough water to fill 10 bathtubs? Commit to a Meatless Monday next week to help reduce your carbon footprint and conserve environmental resources. Visit for more information on the Earth Month Challenge and other wellness tips.
Virtual Events
UCSF Alumni Weekend sessions will include expert presentations and new ways for the UCSF community to connect and celebrate. Visit to view the schedule and to tune-in to any of the events.
Opening Session 
Thursday, April 15, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pacific time

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, will host a conversation with UC President Michael V. Drake, MD ’75, on becoming the leader of the University of California during an unprecedented year.