UCSF School of Medicine Celebrates 2012 Commencement

The UCSF School of Medicine graduated the Class of 2012 on May 11 at a festive ceremony at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Among the newly minted doctors this year are Angela Echiverri and Chelsea Bowman, both of whom tell a little bit about themselves in these videos.

Bowman says she came to UCSF to find her passion, whether it's conducting bench side, clinical or translational research, advancing community or global health, or driving improvements in health care or health policy. Among the highlights of her experience at UCSF is the interaction with her classmates.

Bowman recently told UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, a new acronym for UCSF: You can stay forever. In fact, Bowman will do that at least for another three years serving her residency in internal medicine and focusing on quality improvement and patient safety.

UCSF School of Medicine Facts

  • Founded as Toland Medical College in 1864
  • Affiliated with University of California in 1873
  • Occupyies seven major sites in San Francisco and Fresno with: 28 academic departments, nine organized research units and seven interdisciplinary research centers
  • Ranked by US News & World Report fifth in quality of research training and third in quality of primary care training. UCSF is the only medical school listed in the top 5 in both categories.
  • Ranked first among US public medical schools in dollars awarded by the National Institutes of Health.

Echiverri is a graduate of the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), which provides skills and support to medical students with demonstrated interest in working with urban underserved communities. A champion for diversity and health equity, Echiverri was honored with the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards.

She will serve her residency in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UCSF-affiliated San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. After that, Echiverri says she will pursue a career in academic medicine, practicing primary care, addressing health disparities and strengthening the pipeline of disadvantaged students in the medical profession.

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