UCSF Blogs

From students documenting their first year at the University and student groups offering updates on campus events, to UCSF-trained nurses and physicians recording their experiences in such far-flung locations as Malawi and Swaziland, UCSF faculty, staff and students have joined the blogging revolution in force.

If you maintain a UCSF-related blog not on this list, and would like to see it included here, please let us know.


We provide links to these blogs as a courtesy to our readers. The views and beliefs expressed in these blogs are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the University of California, San Francisco or the Regents of the University of California. UCSF Public Affairs reserves the right to add or remove links to this list at any time, for any reason.

Ongoing Blogs - Students:

Reports From The Pharm
A blog for prospective PharmD students from the School of Pharmacy Admissions Director

Life According To Jed 
Jed is a med student who also writes for Synapse.

The One Year Nurse 
Done by a student in his first year of the Master’s Entrance Program of Nursing (MEPN) at UCSF.

The next several student blogs listed below are a service of Synapse, the UCSF student newspaper; more information about these blogs and their authors is available on the Synapse blogs page.

Craig Chen, second-year student, UCSF School of Medicine

Eisha’z Inner World
Eisha, first-year student, UCSF School of Medicine

Medical Musings: An Inside Look from UCSF Medical Students
Jason Hom, third-year student, UCSF School of Medicine

UCSF Pharmacy Experience
Justine, first-year student, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Be the Change You Wish to See
Shirley, second-year student, UCSF School of Pharmacy

UCSF Synapse Med1: The Life of a Second-Year UCSF Medical Student
Stephanie, second-year student, UCSF School of Medicine

Year One of UCSF Pharmacy School
Tina, first-year student, UCSF School of Pharmacy

Nursing Zen
An anonymous student in her first year of the Master’s Entry Program of Nursing (MEPN) at the USCF School of Nursing

Ongoing Blogs - Faculty and Staff:

GeriPal (Geriatrics and Palliative care) is a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary. Our objectives are:
1) to create an online community of interdisciplinary providers interested in geriatrics or palliative care;
2) to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and disruptive commentary that changes clinical practice and health care policy; and
3) to change the world.

Emotional Brain Training – EBT
A blog demystifying the power of emotional brain states by Laurel Mellin, MA, RD

Balitang Pascual
ICC Nurse Jonathan Pascual. Pascual’s blog includes his thoughts and experiences after his diagnosis, Jan. 27, 2007, of a brain tumor.

On the Brain
Michael Merzenich, PhD, the Francis A. Sooy, M.D., Chair in Otolaryngology; Professor, departments of Otolaryngology and Physiology; and a member of the Keck Center for Integrative Neuroscience at UCSF

Wachter’s World
“Lively and iconoclastic ruminations on hospitals, hospitalists, quality, safety and more…” by Robert Wachter, MD, professor of medicine and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at UCSF, and chief of the medical service at UCSF Medical Center.

Ongoing Blogs - Alumni:

Joanne Jorissen, nurse-midwife, Lilongwe, Malawi

Kevin Clarke, MD, graduate of the UCSF pediatrics residency program. Kevin currently is a physician working with the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Pediatrician in Swaziland
Ryan Phelps, MD, former UCSF pediatrics resident, Swaziland

Ongoing Blogs - Campus Organizations

The Campus Compass
Campus Christian Fellowship at UCSF

Snooping on Sonrise
Sonrise Christian Fellowship at UCSF

UCSF’s Native American Health Alliance
Native American Health Alliance (NAHA) at UCSF

Concluded Blogs:

Synapse student blog: A Tooth to Grind
Jeremy, first-year student, UCSF School of Dentistry

Volunteer Expeditions
Rebecca S. Yu, MD, clinical instructor in hand surgery, UCSF/SFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Center, volunteer in Wenzhou, March-April 2007

Chile: Julie and Nate’s Adventures in Chile
Science and Friendship: the North Meets the South Symposium, October-November 2006

T Cells in Space
Tammy Chang, Millie Hughes-Fulford, Chai-Fei Li, Lab of Cell Growth, September 2006

Christie Robinson, September 2005-January 2006

DeRisi Lab in Uganda
May-August 2005

Last Updated: February 1, 2010