I’m Cynthia, a psychiatry resident in San Francisco. I grew up in a Chinese immigrant family in a Northern California college town, studied biology and music in college, and completed my MD and PhD (in Neuroscience) at UCLA. I started blogging in 2010 about food, baking, and travel, and eventually began writing about my physician-scientist training. These days I write about my experiences as a psychiatrist and medical trainee, about the intersection of culture and psychiatry practice (including publications in JAMA and Pulse Voices), and about clinician wellness.

When not working, reading, or writing, I also enjoy optimizing breakfast, sampling desserts, playing the piano, obsessing over my houseplants, running, and exploring the greater Bay Area. I think of myself as a careful explorer who aspires to become a wise woman.

All views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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