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News Links June 2017

A Monthly Digest for Faculty and Staff at UCSF School of Medicine

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At commencement, the 19th Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, PhD, delivered a passionate speech on moral leadership, reflecting shared values with the Class of 2017 (watch entire speech on YouTube).


STAR Achievement Awards We are very pleased to announce 154 staff members in 31 departments from across the School of Medicine as the inaugural recipients of a STAR Achievement Award for their efforts and impact. The Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (the “STAR Plan”) cash recognition awards are discretionary and may be awarded to eligible employees for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding excellence in University service, significant achievements and contributions, and outstanding performance. A STAR Work Group of Department Administrators developed an equitable selection process to compare accomplishments for staff across functional areas, and gave significant consideration to the diversity of roles, classification levels and departments represented among both selection committee members and Achievement Award winners (more information and recipient list).

Call for Chancellor's Diversity Award nominations: recognize outstanding efforts of individuals or teams who are advancing an inclusive campus climate. Deadline: June 13.

UCSF has funded five new projects that use the Electronic Medical Record platform to improve care. The 2017 UCSF Learning Healthcare System Project Awardees are Rebecca Sudore, MD, Deborah Franzon, MD, Valerie Flaherman, MD, Sajan Patel, MD, and Ralph Wang, MD.


Leadership News



Thomas Hall, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist and global health pioneer, has passed away.

John Rouse, MD, a psychiatrist who was a tireless advocate for the mentally ill, has passed away.

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