Leslie Sheu, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed medical school and residency at UCSF, and served as a chief resident at Moffitt-Long Hospital prior to joining faculty as a clinician educator (Profiles.ucsf.edu/leslie.sheu)
WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
Since graduating from Cal in 2008, I have been at UCSF - first for medical school, then residency and chief residency in internal medicine, and am now assistant clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. My clinic is right across the street from where the old SFHBC Mount Zion Hep B Clinic was, so it feels like the perfect place for me to be practicing! I think I have the best job in the world, because I get to spend time seeing my own patients in primary care clinic (including many non-English speaking patients as well as a handful of patients who have chronic hepatitis B), work in urgent care and the hospital, and also teach medical students and residents -- all alongside the most inspiring colleagues.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR TIME IN VHIO (SFHBC)?
I can't believe that it has been a full decade since Amy Shen and I co-founded SFHBC! I still remember so well that I was in my third year at Cal, I had just come back from a summer abroad in Beijing learning about public health, and I received an email through the MBC listserv about an opportunity to apply to work with UCSF medical students to start SFHBC at Cal. The role would be for us to partner with UCSF to provide interpreters in various Asian/Pacific Islander languages for hepatitis B screening and vaccination clinics in SF. Having this opportunity to create SFHBC from scratch was one of the most incredible opportunities I had during my time at Cal -- from developing leadership and organizational skills, to meeting wonderful friends and colleagues at Berkeley, to engaging in our community and confirming my desire to pursue a career in medicine. To current VHIO members, thank you for keeping the spirit of SFHBC alive! I hope that I will one day have the opportunity to meet you. My best advice for you in your time at Berkeley is to enjoy the journey -- explore your interests and discover your passions, and get to know your classmates who may become your lifelong friends.
This spotlight was first prepared in honor of our ten year anniversary.