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Every weekday morning, psychiatrist Aislinn Bird packs her bag with basic necessities like clean socks and granola bars, as well as medications to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD, before she sets out to hit the streets of Oakland with her team of doctors and social workers.
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Bird and her team are part of the LifeLong Medical TRUST Clinic with the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless, providing physical and mental health care to the most vulnerable in Oakland. Having graduated from UCSF’s Fellowship program at the Department of Psychiatry at ZSFGH, Bird gained first-hand experience in working with underserved populations such as the homeless or children in foster care.
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Bird and many of the public psychiatry fellows are driven to help the underserved because they believe that health care, including mental health, is everybody’s right. But public psychiatry is not an easy job.
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“It is hard on my heart,” said Bird. “It’s hard to go home to my warm house knowing so many of the patients I care about are out on the street when it’s cold and rainy and they don’t have anyone.”
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To learn more about UCSF’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship, click on the link in our bio ⬆️.
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#UCSF #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #Psychiatry #Health #publicpsychiatry #streetmedicineAsk a UCSF student, “What’s your stress management secret?” and you might be surprised by the answer. .

@loreen_atallah , a UCSF pharmacy student, uses her post as the president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association to host events that help students de-stress and connect, like Llama Therapy Day in the Mission Bay quad. @mariozeats spends his days studying neuroscience and his nights baking Food Network-worthy macarons, tarts, cream puffs, and cakes. .

UCSF students are never alone when it comes to coping with stress and other mental health issues. Our Student Health & Counseling office offers free and confidential counseling services to help students managing the stress of graduate and professional studies and the challenges of taking on a new professional identity, as well as support for students and recent graduates struggling with grief and loss, drugs and alcohol, food, eating, and exercise, issues related to gender, cultural, and/or sexual identities, and much, much more.
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Learn more about the resources available to students (and faculty and staff): http://tiny.ucsf.edu/fbresources
#MentalHealthAwareness #RealConvoThis spring-like cell protein is shedding new light on how the sense of touch works. UCSF researchers mapped the protein in incredible detail for the first time.
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A protein complex called NOMPC acts as a mechanoreceptor in animals from fruit flies to fish and frogs. The structure reveals a machine that depends on a quartet of tiny springs that tether the complex to the cell’s “skeleton” and react to its movement.
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#UCSF #science #research #frogs #scicomm #biology“You like white coats? Gee, thanks, just got it.”
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UCSF students have it all - the brains, the energy, the creativity and the moves. A group of UCSF MS1 students wrote, directed and produced this video from scratch for the incoming class of students at Accepted Students Weekend for the UCSF School of Medicine.
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Directors: Christopher Anigwe, Avery Thompson, and Sandra Perez
Filming and Editing: Michael Crocker
Choreography Leads: Oliver Cervantes, Ivie Tokunboh, and Madelynn Taylor
Singers: Sara D’Souza, Pooja Lalchandani, Victoria Chi, Lina Kheour, Kara Lau, Ivie Tokunboh, Jazzmin Williams, Leena Yin
Music Producer: Ramon Bustos
Songwriters: Andrew Gomez, Kara Lau, Oliver Cervantes, Alan Kong and Christopher Anigwe
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#UCSF #medschool #highered #futuredoctor #scrubs #arianagrande #7rings #medicine #womeninmedicineGREAT NEWS! A new $30 million gift from Marc and Lynne Benioff will support and expand UCSF research into the causes and potential solutions to homelessness.
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This first-of-its-kind program, part of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, will study the root causes of homelessness, develop new solutions, study real-world outcomes, and provide resources for policy-makers on what works (and what doesn’t).
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Funds will also help train a new generation of researchers and empower individuals who have personally experienced homelessness to challenge misconceptions and elevate the conversation about causes and solutions.
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Check the link in our bio for more!
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📷: Tina Nixon, a patient at the Richard Fine People's Clinic, has a check-up with her doctor and new director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness & Housing Initiative, Margot Kushel. Photo by Susan Merrell.
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#UCSF #homelessness #healthequity #SDOH #poverty #homeless #socialdeterminantsofhealth #philanthropy #sanfranciscoIMMORTAL CELLS: This is a photograph of real HeLa cells, made from the famous cell line belonging to Henrietta Lacks.
These "immortal" cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, as well as a symbol of the murky ethics of ownership around human biological material, the historical legacy of discrimination against people of color in healthcare and exploitation of black Americans in scientific research.
#ucsf #science #cells #cellfie #research #scicomm #microscopyTHE HELPERS: Every month, UCSF students, residents and physicians volunteer their evenings to offer health care to people who are homeless or transiently housed. The UCSF Student-Run Homeless Clinic, located in San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter, provides urgent care, screenings, referrals and more. Thank you to all who contribute to this important community clinic, your dedication and compassion makes us #UCSFProud.
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📷: Clinic director and nurse practitioner student Katie Machado (right) and 1st-year med student Francis Wright chat during the evening clinic operation.
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#UCSF #UCSFProud #health #volunteering #clinic #SanFrancisco #homeless #homelessness #housing #studentclinic #medstudent #nursing #nursingstudents #meded #medicaleducation #higheredHUGE NEWS: “For the first time, this study demonstrates that we can generate entire spoken sentences based on an individual’s brain activity."
- UCSF professor of neurological surgery Edward Chang.
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The technology could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage.
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Learn more at the link in our bio!
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#science #UCSF #neuroscience #neuro #speechprosthesis #brainmachineinterface #technologyThis is a human immune cell. Scientists are engineering cells like these to hunt down and destroy cancer inside the body. But we're not stopping there. The promise of cell programming could extend to dementia, congenital heart disease and spinal injury.
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This type of medicine is called immunotherapy. Here’s how it’s done:
1. Scientists remove T cells from a patient’s body with a simple blood draw.
2. Then they use a neutered virus to modify the DNA of the T cell to produce receptors that will recognize cancer cells.
3. Once modified, the cells are put back into the patient.
4. Now able to detect cancer cells as pathogens, the modified T cells hunt them down and kill them.
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