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About Me

Why OB/GYN?

OBGYN encompasses the patients, the issues, and the colleagues that drive me. In OBGYN, I can care for my patients while simultaneously standing up for gender equity, reproductive justice, and ending violence against women. For example, harnessing the same energy that drives me when coaching a patient who is pushing on Labor and Delivery, I can research and advocate for best practices for maternal mental health support surrounding pregnancy. Empowering women is a mission I wake up every single day ready to work toward, and being able do this longitudinally through the one-on-one interactions with my patients over the course of a lifetime of care is exhilarating. To me, OBGYN is a phenomenal opportunity to simultaneously show up for both the health and human rights of my patients.

Why UCSF?

UCSF's work for women's health and empowerment has captivated me for years, and I ardently sought a residency community steeped in the tenets of reproductive justice, intersectional identities, and physicians as advocates. The program’s commitment to healthy equity and the role of a clinician as a leader for social justice is truly energizing. It is a dream to be part of a residency where we are not only learning how to be excellent surgeons and clinicians each day, but able to engage in the fight for autonomy and dignity for all as an integral part of our practice.

What do I do outside of residency?

I try to keep my pack ready to head for the nearest hiking and backpacking trail whenever possible! My favorite trail thus far has been the Lost Coast Trail up north, but you can also find me in Big Sur and Point Reyes. When not exploring the outdoors, I enjoy playing endless Disney music on the piano, Latin dancing, listening to The Moth or Radiolab, or reading multigenerational fiction.

Isabelle Wijangco, MD, MPP
Resident Physician - PGY 1

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Main Address

UCSF OB/GYN&RS Residency Program
490 Illinois Street
10th Floor, Box 0132
San Francisco, CA 94143

Location Office Phone Fax
Mission Bay (415) 476 - 5192 (415) 476 - 1811
Mount Zion (415) 353 - 9240 (415) 353 - 9509
San Francisco General Hospital (628) 206 - 3061 (628) 206 - 3112

Research/Clinical Interests: Health policy, reproductive justice, health equity, gender equity, maternal mental health, medical education

Education/Training

Year

Institution Degree Field of Study
current University of California, San Francisco Residency Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
2021 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA MD Medicine
2021 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA MPP Public Policy
2015 Mills College, Oakland, CA   Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Sciences Certificate
2012 Stanford University, Stanford, CA BA Human Biology

Research & Professional Experience

Year  
2020-2021 Researcher, Gender and Sexual Harassment in Medical Training, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, Boston, MA
2019-2021 Researcher, Microaggressions in Graduate Medical Education, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2019-2021 Researcher, Women’s Mental Health and Traumatic Birth, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
2020-2021 Admissions Committee Member, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2020 Teaching Assistant, Transition to the Principle Clinical Experience, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
2015-2016 Research Analyst, Long-Acting Reversible Contraception, University of California, San Francisco Bixby Center, San Francisco, CA
2014 Project Manager, Medical Practices and Informed Consent, Stanford School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford, CA
2012-2013 Stanford Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy, United Nations Foundation, New York, NY
2011-2012 Research Assistant, USAID Disbursement of Development Assistance for Health, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford, CA
2011 Teaching Assistant, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford, CA
2011 Global Health Operations Intern, Office of the Surgeon General, Washington, D.C.

Achievements & Recognition

Year Major Honors
2021 HMS Presidential Scholars Public Service Initiative Awardee, Harvard Medical School
2021 Graduation Speaker, Harvard Medical School
2021 Semi-Finalist, Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge
2019 Knowles Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School
2017 Delegate, United Nations Youth Forum at the 61st Commission on the Status of Women
2012 Tom Ford Fellow in Philanthropy, Stanford Haas Center for Public Service
2012 Graduation Speaker, Stanford Human Biology Department Ceremony
2012 Award of Excellence, Stanford Alumni Association
2011 Keynote Speaker, Stanford Office of Development
2010 Public Service Leadership Fellow, Stanford Haas Center for Public Service

Poster Presentations

Wijangco I, Fisher H, Chatterjee P, Yialamas MA. Analyzing resident experiences of microaggressions to inform intervention training. American Medical Association Research Symposium; Virtual. December, 2020

Wijangco I, Fisher H, Chatterjee P, Yialamas MA. “I want to have the courage”: Analyzing resident experiences of microaggressions to inform intervention training. American Medical Women’s Association Leadership Development Conference for Women Physicians; Virtual. March, 2020

Gurel A, Schroeder R, Blum M, El Ayadi A, Folse C, Harper C, Cabral M, Wijangco I. Contraception and community colleges: How do we ensure high-quality, comprehensive, and accessible birth control education to meet student needs? American Public Health Association Conference. Denver, CO. October 2016

Oral Presentations

Wijangco I moderator, Rosenfeld D, Wald S. Rising Together to End Sexual Harassment. Women in Power Conference at Harvard Kennedy School; Virtual. March 2021

Latham K, Wijangco I, Baecher-Lind L, Royce C. Self-Defense for Sexual Harassment: Empowering Learners and Cultivating Culture Change. APGO Faculty Development Seminar; Virtual. January, 2021

Amanuel H*, Radford K*, Schwartz L*, Wijangco I*, Ojo T, Singer M, Meadows A, Mateo C, Molina R, Bartz D. Reproductive Justice Case Examples of How Healthcare Systems and Policies Contribute to Health Inequity: Racism and Reproductive Health. Harvard Medical School Essentials of the Profession Course; Virtual. October, 2020

Wijangco I, Fisher H, Chatterjee P, Yialamas MA. “Please don't call me honeyʺ: Analyzing Internal Medicine Resident Experiences of Gender Microaggressions to Inform Intervention Training. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment Public Summit; Virtual. October 2020

Publications

Kelley M, James C, Alessi Kraft S, Korngiebel D, Wijangco I, Joffe S, Cho MK, Wilfond B, Lee SS. The Role of Patient Perspectives in Clinical Research Ethics and Policy: Response to Open Peer Commentaries on "Patient Perspectives on the Learning Health System". American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 16, pp. W7-9. Feb 2016.

Kelley M, James C, Alessi Kraft S, Korngiebel D, Wijangco I, Rosenthal E, Joffe S, Cho MK, Wilfond B, Lee SS. Patient Perspectives on the Learning Health System: The Importance of Trust and Shared Decision Making. American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 15, pp. 4-17. Sept 2015.

Advocacy

Medical Student Section Representative, AMA Women Physicians Section Governing Council, Boston, MA - 2020-2021

Liaison for Medical Students, Harvard Medical School Title IX, Boston, MA - 2019-2021

Liaison for HKS Students, Harvard Kennedy School Title IX, Boston, MA - 2019-2021

Curriculum Design Working Group, Reproductive Justice Task Force, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA - 2020-2021

Student Lobbyist, American Medical Association, Washington, D.C. - 2020

Student Lobbyist, #ProtectOurPatients, Boston, MA - 2016-2017