About the entry
UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, transitional and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals—UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland—and other partner and affiliated hospitals and health care providers throughout the Bay Area. UCSF has more than 3,300 students enrolled in degree programs, 1,500 clinical residents or fellows and 1,000 postdoctoral scholars.
From the Judges' Report
Since UCSF as a professional med school and grad school does not have a university’s typical alumni base of support and camaraderie, they geared the magazine toward its patients (who often become their donors through simply gratitude). It’s a brilliant idea. As a result, the magazine is fun to read for anyone. You don’t have to know a thing about medicine or UCSF to enjoy it. That’s the key to any good publication—getting people to read it. They did a great job with content, covers and photography without being superfluous.