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  Dr. Bryn Boslett and Virginia Schuler are selected as recipients of the 2015 UCSF Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Medical Education Awards
Jun 15, 2015 The Excellence and Innovation in GME Awards recognize program coordinators and other staff, faculty, and residents and fellows who show exemplary efforts in improving graduate medical education at UCSF. These individuals have demonstrated a commitment to advancing GME through educational and clinical quality improvement, service excellence, and innovation.

  Dr. Joanne Engel finishes her fourth AIDS/Lifecycle (ALC)
Jun 19, 2015

Dr. Joanne Engel, Chief of the ID division, recently completed her fourth AIDS/Lifecycle (ALC), a fundraising event in which bicyclists ride 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money to provide free health service to individuals living with HIV. This year, the ride raised over 16.3 million dollars. Dr. Engel, together with her spouse Dr. Ellen Haller (also a UCSF faculty member), were invited by Neil Guiliano, the CEO of the San Francisco Aids Foundation, to speak before the 3000 participants to explain their reason for participating in the ALC.

Noted Engel, “The AIDS epidemic has framed my medical training; as a 3rd year student in 1981 at Stanford, I remember caring for my first patient with HIV. We called it Gay Bowel Disease. He died. I remember housekeepers who, through ignorance, were scared to empty the trash or clean the rooms of patients whose door carried a sign of "caution, HIV". We emptied the trash for them. As an Infectious Disease fellow, I worked at Ward 86, the first HIV clinic in the US. These patients were a bit luckier—they were amongst the first to receive AZT, then an experimental drug.

In 2010, I traded out my 55 year old knee for a better functioning titanium one and I replaced out my 20 year old bike with a new carbon one. My local bike shop suggested I should ride ALC. I thought “me? I can’t ride 7 days in row”. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be doing it for a FOURTH year in a row or that I would have raised almost $40,000 for this important cause. Why do I do it? Because I am an Infectious Disease Physician who cares deeply about the AIDS epidemic. Because, I’ve gained an entirely new perspective from the ALC, from each of you, about what it means to be touched or living with HIV. And because I LOVE to bike."


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