UC San Francisco
My name is Annie Chang, a graduate of the University of California Berkeley – University of California San Francisco Joint Medical Program. A five-year graduate and medical degree program which cultivates our scientific, clinical, and humanistic inquiry as interwoven strands of practice.
As a medical student, I completed my Master’s of Health and Medical Sciences (MS) at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health in global health research, examining the intersection of HIV and socioeconomic factors amongst a rural Kenyan community on Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria. As a continuation of my research in Kenya, I participated in the process evaluation of a multisectoral agricultural intervention led by UCSF, Shamba Maisha, that addressed the interrelated linkages of food insecurity, poverty, health, and women's empowerment. This endeavor culminated as my UCSF Pathway to Discovery Global Health project, and paved way for my current advocacy in climate, sustainability and health.
During our third year clinical clerkships at UCSF, I chose to participate in the longitudinal clerkship program, Model SFGH, in order to spend 6 months at the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) caring for urban underserved patients. During Model SFGH, I worked collaboratively on a refugee mental health quality improvement project to enhance the mental health screening and referral process in partnership with the SFGH Newcomers Health Program and Survivors International, a part of the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center. Through a team-based approach, clinicians, behavioral health teams, and community partners learned how to better identify patients in need, increase retention in care, and enhance care coordination across services.
More than ever in our times, there is an urgency for social transformation to support collective health at all levels of society – personal to the patient and family as well as addressing ecological determinants at the community, local, global, and now planetary level as the sustainability of our world is now at risk. We are tasked to achieve the highest standard of care for all our fellow human beings and the health of our future generations. We work to promote health and well-being, prevent disease and disability, eliminate health inequities, and to cultivate resilience that strengthens our interdependence and interconnectedness. Family medicine embodies these universal values and aspirations by embracing each encounter with meaning as a part of an interdependent, interwoven tapestry of human experience – from birth to death, from the personal to the universal, the universal to the personal. For the next three years in family medicine residency, I hope to advance my clinical training that cultivates healing that is personal to each patient, as well as broadening my perspective to understand the social context that shapes the lives of our communities to achieve a more just, inclusive, and equitable world.