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Staff Appreciation

The UCSF School of Medicine would not be among the top five in the nation without the everyday dedication of its staff. Our employees deserve recognition for their hard work, and not just during Staff Appreciation Month. If you work for the school, do you know how you can help to recognize a co-worker? Do you know about all the opportunities you may have to advance your career and to reward yourself? Following are some awards, events and resources school employees — including faculty — can utilize for themselves, or to reward others:


Staff Appreciation Events

This year, the School of Medicine will be hosting two Salute to Excellence receptions: one at Parnassus on May 22, 2018, and one at Mission Bay on May 15, 2018. These informal receptions are an opportunity for you to come together with your colleagues and the school’s leadership to celebrate. The winners of the 2018 Holly Smith Awards will be recognized at this event.  We know you are busy, so feel free to drop in for only a few minutes - or for the entire event - for a late afternoon Ben & Jerry's ice cream treat!


School of Medicine Staff Awards

Human Resources has announced a redesigned FY17 Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan (called the “STAR Program”) which has been approved by the UC Office of the President. Campus policy-covered staff and represented staff in the clerical (CX) bargaining unit are eligible for the new STAR Program. The STAR Program has been designed  to recognize individual employees for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments.  The new STAR Program will recognize contributions through SPOT and STAR Awards.  For more information about this program, please see our SOM STAR Program webpage.

The annual Holly Smith Awards for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine recognize one faculty and two staff members who have exhibited exceptional career service that has resulted in broad and long-lasting benefit to the School of Medicine.  The award comes with a cash prize of $5,000.


Wings Employee Development Program

The WINGS program provides financial assistance for the professional development of the School’s career staff employees. The program's goal is to aid in developing skills that prepare employees for career growth within the University. Last year the Wings program awarded grants to 300 SOM employees, a number that has doubled in the last four years. Check out the guidelines and start planning for your development today.


Useful Staff Resources

Both the School of Medicine and the UCSF campus offer a wide range of resources to staff and faculty. The University's Living Well initiative is dedicated to stimulating and supporting comprehensive wellness programs and resources designed to promote mental, physical, social and cultural balance.

A comprehensive list of useful links for all employees can be found on the UCSF Faculty & Staff main page. 



The systemwide At Your Service website gives all UCSF employees access to their benefits, including your health benefits and retirement accounts. The Total Compensation Calculator provides you with an estimate of the value of your UC employment beyond your salary.

Questions? Find more information about and assistance with the benefits and opportunities available to UCSF School of Medicine employees by visiting the UCSF HR website.