Resident Kudos–Elizabeth Epstein!

Amazing R1 (almost R2) Elizabeth Epstein has proven herself to be a champion of wellness. She has published a review paper reframing cardiac rehab as not only a means of increasing survival rates but also improving quality of life during those years!

That’s not all! She has also published an article giving us all a guide on how to maintain wellness in the COVID19 era. In the articles, she compares residency training to High Intensity Interval Training, and frames wellness as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read more here: She did this all while being an amazing co-resident and physician!

2019-2020 Six Word Stories

During the 2019-2020 academic year, our family of residents responded to three 6-word story prompts.

My pandemic silver lining is…

  • Zooming with friends, zoomies with doggies
  • gratitude for snail mail and amazonprime
  • Residents who inspire me every day!
  • A crisis without precedent or president
  • my dog loves me even more
  • relearning how to read leisure books.
  • wearing jammies and blankies to work.
  • online church any day, any time.
  • memes, online dance workouts, virtual concerts.
  • Innovative collaborative scientific medical staff worldwide
  • less plans, free time, slow down
  • Time to reconnect with support system
  • more snuggles with the best pup
  • Almost a PGY2; no more prerounding
  • no cars no traffic smooth drive
  • parents finally learned how to facetime 
  • the tiger king is outrageous and addicting

New Year, New Me- This year I am looking forward to…

  • finally getting around to PDSAs…maybe
  • Making new memories with old friends 
  • counting to six without making any errors
  • First job, long vacation, celebrating friends!
  • Finally achieving better work life fit
  • Vegas bod inspired by Jon Chung.
  • Being done with intern year yay
  • Starting fellowship, new city, mksap first!
  • Super seniors finally graduating from residency
  • The birth of my first baby!
  • Trying a new taco every month
  • Publishing my first author research paper!
  • Becoming an ultrasound guru, like Gary
  • Finally mastering the art of mealprep
  • Watching my baby learn to walk

Today I am grateful for….

  • Light rain, comfy sweaters, Jassal hugs.
  • The chance to serve through medicine.
  • My Family, My Patients, My Residents.
  • The last parking spot in Gilman
  • warm drinks, lights, things merry/bright
  • Not being a patient in hospital
  • F Words: Family, Friends, Food, Festivities
  • Compassionate co-workers who keep me sane.
  • EDIS is all green. I sleep
  • Rain in the desert, no fires
  • My amazing va interns and attending
  • No wards, no call, no problem 
  • A good night’s sleep without interruption
  • Happy hour after Friday School, yeah!
  • Turkey Turkey Gobble Gobble Yummy Tummy

Resilience related Grand Rounds 5/13

Please join us for a special Resilience related Grand Rounds this coming Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 7:30 – 8:30 am!

Grit and Grace of the Thai Boys Trapped In the Cave – Lessons for Our Own Resilience and Wellbeing

Mark Berelowitz, MD

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Please use this ZOOM Webinar link to view it remotely: 

The recommended article is attached here:

What Will We Remember?

A quiet street, a closed building, an empty parking lot, a sad voice, a missed connection.  Pride, anger, fear, compassion, remorse.
What will we remember from this time? How can we use language to understand this experience?
Let’s try to capture a moment together to do some directed narrative writing.  Like a photograph, a short narrative tells a story in a moment’s time but leaves a lasting impression.  We can’t un-see, and we can’t un-read.  Let’s make something that lasts.
We’ll do a couple short writing exercises and share them with each other.
-Dena Rifkin, MD

Dr. Rifkin, our awesome nephrology attending and medical humanities expert has kindly agreed to lead us through this exercise!

Please fill out this survey so that we may figure out the best time for a Zoom event for those interested! Narrative Medicine

Possible Resident Recharge/Golden Weekend Warrior Activities

Hi everyone,

We just wanted to make you aware of some fun activities happening in the San Diego areas that you can take advantage of during your downtime.

  1. Check out fabulous foodie spots at more affordable price points during SD Restaurant Week! It starts this Sunday Jan 19th through Jan 26th!
  2. If you have been wanting to check out some of SD’s amazing museums, you’ll be excited to know they are 1/2 off in February.

All of these activities would be great for submissions to our Golden Weekend Warrior Competition, so grab some of your co-residents and take some pictures!

Just a reminder:


How to play:

  • Do healthy and fun activities with your co-residents
  • Take photos (you must be in photo)
  • Email photo and description to
  • Winners announced at the end of the year (to win!)


  1. You must be in the photo
  2. 2.Please provide a description and identify all co-residents in the photo
  3. Bonus 1+ for each additional co-resident (UCSD-organized events excluded)
  4. Bonus 1+ for each activity in January and February
  5. There are limits to points earned in certain categories (eg. Running will have a cap)
  6. There will be monthly leaderboard updates

All Staff Holiday Meal & Gift

All health system team members are invited to this end-of-year thank you event. Please join us for a complimentary meal and special gift. Please select one meal that is most convenient for your schedule.

Hillcrest/UC San Diego Medical Center:

·         Tuesday, December 10 ­– Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Arbor Café)

·         Wednesday, December 11 – Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Arbor Café)

La Jolla/Thornton Pavilion in Jacobs Medical Center:

·         Thursday, December 12 – Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (The Cove Café)

·         Friday, December 13 – Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (The Cove Café)