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Dear UCSF Community,

As we approach the end of 2022, I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to each member of our UCSF community for your continued engagement in making UCSF the trailblazing institution it is today.

This has been another productive year. We celebrated a number of successes, including national honors for pioneering research and care and extraordinary University and public service. We also navigated the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening our efforts to provide safe and equitable access to care. Some of these special moments are captured here in this year-end video.

I am inspired by your leadership and commitment to fulfilling our mission in patient care, research, education, and public service. Your dedication is all the more remarkable considering the scale of the challenges we have faced together.

I look forward to the opportunities ahead as we work to improve health for all. From my home to yours, and on behalf of my leadership team, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

We glance back at 2022 with grace and gratefulness. We regained a sense of normalcy. We reconnected in person. We uncovered our smiles again. Let us appreciate how we got here with some special moments from around the University and our most popular health and science stories.

UCSF’s COVID Health Equity Report highlights strategies for developing an equity-first response in the pandemic and the progress we, along with numerous community partners, have made to address health disparities and inequities.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland was one of 12 pediatric hospitals across the nation recognized by The Leapfrog Group for quality and safety.

Patients at UCSF Health and UCSF Dentistry will find their medical and oral health records integrated into one electronic medical record system – providing a more complete picture of their health.

Thirty-six UCSF researchers rank in the top 1 percent for making an impact in their field based on citations to their published articles by researchers over the past decade.

Bivalent Booster Shots and Flu Vaccines Available: Take steps to protect yourself and others by staying current with your vaccinations. You can find updated information on eligibility and where to get a booster shot at UCSF on the UCSF Health website. Information on flu vaccination information is available on the Occupational Health Program website. 

Women Life Freedom Movement Roundtable Discussion: UCSF leaders and scholars discuss the current protests in Iran and the Women Life Freedom movement during a forum sponsored by the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach. Watch the video recording on YouTube »
UCSF Kalmanovitz Library and Hearst Room Winter Closure: The student only space of the library at Parnassus Heights will be closed to all students, staff, faculty and visitors from Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, to Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. The Mission Bay Hub and The Hideout are still accessible 24 hours a day to students via their UCSF ID badge. Learn more » 
2022 Staff Appreciation Events: If you haven’t attended a Staff Appreciation Breakfast, you still have a few more chances to do so: 
  • UCSF Fresno: Catered lunch in UCSF Fresno Room 136 and Amphitheater, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 
  • Mount Zion: Mount Zion Café, Thursday, Dec. 15, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.  
  • Oakland: Redwood Café, Friday, Dec. 16, 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
Dan Lowenstein’s Final Issue of Expresso: Lowenstein reflects on his seven years and 10 months serving as UCSF’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Read “Our Steadfast Commitment to Hope” in the December 2022 issue of Expresso »

Phishing Scams Are Worse Than Ever: In the last year, cyber criminals delivered a wave of cyber-attacks that were not just highly coordinated, but far more frequent and advanced than ever before seen. Learn about the latest phishing scams and what to do » 
Healthy Beverage Initiative – All of the Fun, None of the Sugar: If you are planning a party this season, be mindful of our Healthy Beverage Initiative and serve zero-calorie beverages or non-sweetened drinks. Better yet, bring a water bottle and fill it up at one of the hydration stations. Here are three reasons and fourteen proof points to drink tap water. Learn about the initiative » 

Wellness Zoom Backgrounds: Campus Life Services has partnered with UCSF Documents and Media to develop wellness-specific Zoom backgrounds. Download today »
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Wellness Corner: Schedule time in your calendar for reflection and recharging as we near the end of the year. What are you thankful for this year? What lessons did you learn? How are you doing in each of your wellness pillars? Visit for wellbeing resources to help support your 7 pillars of wellness »
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