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

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

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… Continue reading Anti-racism check-in

Staying put, for a change

Being on the Consultation-Liaison service feels like everything is in constant flux: a patient list that is different every morning, walking all over the hospital, encountering different clinical questions, and seeing patients with different attendings. Over the course of a day I put on hats ranging from psychopharmacology non-expert (who is nonetheless trying to offer… Continue reading Staying put, for a change


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About Me

I’m Cynthia, a psychiatry resident in San Francisco, CA. I studied biology and music in college and completed my MD and PhD at UCLA. I write about my experiences in physician and physician-scientist training, in the intersection of culture and psychiatry practice, and in seeking provider wellness.



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