|Tong||Greetings psychiatry department colleagues, |
My first three months as your interim department chair has been an extraordinary experience - I’ve deepened my understanding about our rich and successful clinical, education and research portfolios, as well as our campus, school and department governance and administrative operations; developed new relations with school, site and campus leadership; and met current and new department supporters. Many thanks to all who have met and advised me. I’ve asked quite a few of you to take on new roles and activities, and I greatly appreciate all who stepped up to help the department and school.
At year’s end I would like to acknowledge our volunteer faculty, whose teaching roles range from co-leading the women’s support group at the UCSF Medical Student Homeless Clinic and facilitating medical student small groups in our doctoring and neurosciences courses, to serving as clinical advisors and consultants to our many psychiatry and psychology graduate trainees, particularly in developing psychotherapy skills. Our volunteer faculty receive invitations to all eight of our departmental Grand Rounds series; which are also posted on our website http://psych.ucsf.edu/events.aspx . Our current Affiliate Faculty and Volunteer Clinical Faculty are now listed publicly on our website http://psych.ucsf.edu/ucsf-default.aspx?id=6923 .
Looking ahead to 2012, please mark your calendars for two events:
- Department Education Retreat for paid and volunteer faculty: Friday, May 18, 2012, morning through mid-afternoon. The focus this year moves onwards from last year’s Professionalism theme to another core competency, Medical Knowledge.
- Department Commencement: Friday morning, June 22, 2012.
And while not yet scheduled, be on the look-out for announcements of public-round meetings with and presentations by finalist candidates for our next department chair.
It was a pleasure to join many of you at the annual department holiday party, which this year was a Tuesday breakfast, to which many staff, trainees, faculty and friends came from our many sites and the community. It was so great to put faces to names. The timing of the event allowed us to greet colleagues at the end of their night shift, those on their way via shuttles to different sites, and the surprisingly many who like me are early birds.
Travel safely if you’re off to visit family, friends or a change in scenery. Many thanks to those who are staying, covering our administrative and building operations, patient and clinical activities, and research efforts (including caring for all everything from animals, biosamples, cell cultures to yellow lasers and zeptoseconds). Good Holidays and see you in 2012.
Lowell Tong, MD