UCSF Radiology Residents Give Back to the Bay Area Community

UCSF Radiology residents are the faces of the future of radiology. As radiology trainees, they take part in a varied radiology practice, gaining leadership experience in teaching, patient-focused research, and clinical care. But they also take the time to give back to their community through public service.

A group of residents recently began organizing volunteer opportunities within the community in which interested residents can participate. Joelle Harwin, MD, 2021-22 chief resident, Christopher Murphy, MD and Katherine Cecil, MD, radiology residents, recently traded in their scrubs for hard hats and volunteered with a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.

"It seemed like a great way to engage with the community we serve in addition to allowing us to connect with co-residents over shared interests," says Dr. Murphy who leads these outreach efforts along with Eric Mastria, MD, PhD and Kali Xu, MD, fellow residents.  

 "Habitat for Humanity is just one of a few activities we've participated in.  We have arranged several others, and we have more coming up," says Dr. Murphy.

Such volunteer efforts make Diagnostic Radiology Residency leadership very proud. "I can see the kindness, intensity, and humanity in all of your eyes," says Soonmee Cha, MD, vice chair for education and program director. "Public service is a key part of our residency program. I am grateful to our residents for participating in these opportunities and advancing this important community work together."

Living in the Bay Area offers residents an exciting, diverse experience filled with different cultures, amazing sites, and adventures along with cutting edge, world-class radiology and imaging science happening here at UCSF. Learn more about our Diagnostic Radiology Residency program.  

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