|Tong||Greetings department faculty, staff, trainees, and friends,|
Did you know that since July of this year, the department website pages have received over 120,000 hits from over 30,000 unique users EACH month? I ask that all faculty check their online bios at http://psych.ucsf.edu//faculty.aspx on the department website. Please send bio updates to: webmaster Gina Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past month I held faculty meetings at our principal clinical sites. Thanks to all who attended, and based on your input, I am tailoring agendas and frequency to make each site-based faculty meeting as relevant as possible. I am in the process of scheduling meetings with our Mission Bay colleagues, as well as with many of our volunteer faculty.
Last week a number of UCSF faculty and alums attended the memorial service for our colleague Maria Pease. Carol Mathews spoke eloquently and included very touching quotes written by colleagues from psychiatry and neurosurgery departments. I knew Maria even before she went to medical school; she was my swim coach when I joined the US Masters Swim Team SF Tsunamis back in the late 1980s and led us to many medals at the 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver. I expressed condolences on behalf of our entire department to Maria’s family. I also just learned this week from our former chair Robert Wallerstein that our retired department colleague and SFVAMC chief of psychiatry Charles Kaufman passed away recently. Craig Van Dyke writes about Dr. Kaufman in this month’s update.
Once again I am pleased to share this month’s update on our department’s recent accomplishments and milestones, locally and beyond. Please send in updates of your own awards, leadership, scholarship and research. This way, we all get a collective glimpse of our department’s impact upon the world.
Lowell Tong, MD