Success Stories

Garrett Chan
Garrett Chan
PhD
Class of 2005
“We knew of health disparities before, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed them to a greater level. We can’t make little changes anymore. Now, we have to transform the health care system.”
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Katy Basnett at Commencement 2019
Kaitlyn Basnett
Master's Entry Program in Nursing
Class of 2019
“I think my connection with my culture and how it has shaped me has helped me to be considerate of the cultural upbringings of others.”
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Lourdes Moldre
Lourdes Moldre
Master of Science Program
Class of 2008
“To be able to be around high caliber students not only from California but from all over the world, it really pushed me.”
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Greg Roussett
Greg Roussett
PhD
Class of 2023
“There is a collaborative philosophy here. It’s wonderful to work with such a talented multidisciplinary team.”
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Ariel Baria
Ariel Baria
PhD
Class of 2021
“I want to show people I can do this. If people see that you can do it, it’s easier for them to try. That’s important for our profession.”
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Angelita Barrios
Angelita Barrios
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Class of 2019
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to spread what I know, to teach students how to critically think and how to advocate for their patients.”
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Frank Molina
Frank Molina
Master's Entry Program in Nursing
Class of 2021
“I think that first-gen students have so much to offer, from our resourcefulness and tenacity coming from having to do so much on our own to the fresh and different ways that we look at societal issues.”
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Tinney Leong
Tinney Leong
Master of Science Program
Class of 2020
“UCSF has given me the tools to critically think, to not necessarily take things at face value, and to challenge results in a professional way.”
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Arnold Fosah
Arnold Fosah
Master of Science Program
Class of 2014
“I really believe more emphasis needs to be placed on more NPs in this field and training them to the full extent of their scope of practice. I’m very fortunate and proud to be in this position.”
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Victoria Michalchuk
Victoria Michalchuk
PhD
Class of 2021
“I began to think about what we eat, what we’re exposed to and all the other things compounding to affect our health. I like to think I could have been a great heart surgeon, but my passion lies before that. How do we get people healthier so they’re not coming in here in the first place?”
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Hardeep Aulakh
Hardeep Aulakh
Master of Science Program
Class of 2016
“Nursing is a profession that requires lifelong practice. UCSF and the SFVA have given me the tools to be the best nurse practitioner I can be.”
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Mary Massella
Mary Massella
Master of Science Program
Class of 2017
“I will always be grateful to UCSF and my mentor, Maureen McGrath, for giving me the tools I needed to enable me to give back to my community.”
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