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Finding my way toward wholeness

(A.k.a., how I developed even more admiration for event planners) I had heard rumors about residents “living the dream” during the fourth year (PGY-4) of residency, but this sounded facetious when I was a junior resident. I was decidedly skeptical given how my PGY-3 year unfolded, and how heavy it eventually felt. In my residency…

Starting telehealth, and some thoughts on tasks vs. “thinking big thoughts”

After three months working on the inpatient psychiatry unit at UCSF (August – December), I switched to my six-month block of outpatient psychiatry at the SF VA hospital.  I still take call shifts at all three hospitals (UCSF, San Francisco General, and the VA), but now the bulk of my time is spent doing psychiatry…

Some thoughts on C/L, performance vs. growth, and “pager anxiety”

At the start of October I switched from my three-month Consultation/Liaison (C/L) rotation to the Adult Inpatient Program rotation, which will run through the end of December.  I found the C/L rotation challenging in multiple ways.  There was so much interesting psychiatry that I got to see and learn, with many clinical situations I hadn’t…

Anti-racism check-in

A case vignette I wrote back in the spring, “A Racial Enactment Amid COVID-Focused Anxiety and Mania,” was published this month in Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  The vignette focused on some racially charged interactions and I and a colleague (who is also of Chinese descent) had with a Black patient, “Iris,” in the inpatient setting. The full vignette is…

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About Me

I’m Cynthia, a psychiatry resident in San Francisco, CA. I write about my experiences as a physician and trainee, about the intersection of culture and my psychiatry practice, and about physician wellness.

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