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Name (pronouns): Reiri Sono, MD

Department/Division: Anatomical Pathology; Medicine / Hospital Medicine

Years at UCSF: 1.5

Role in technology: Clinical Informatics Fellow

Reiri Sono

What technology project(s) have you worked on that you are most proud of?

The APeX Workbench Reports on inpatient deaths and autopsies have been helping Pathology residents and faculties plan the day, follow up on cases, and hand them off. In addition, they have sparked ideas for similar case trackers on many other branches of Anatomical Pathology and helped build a foundation for dashboard apps.

How has technology helped you achieve a goal within your role or department?

Proficiency in Epic database applications has opened many doors to QI and academic projects that bridge Pathology and Internal Medicine, setting up my career as a physician-researcher with a great start.

What’s your favorite aspect of your role at UCSF and why?

It is incredibly satisfying to realize that I fit in because I stand out: I am impacting patient care quality through what I enjoy doing that few clinical staff have the bandwidth to do.

What’s one ‘fun fact’ about you that not many people know?

I made my own prom dress. (I can't wait for the UCSF Makers Lab to reopen for the sewing machine!)

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

Whenever I take a walk, I like snapping photos of plants and animals and checking out their scientific names, namesakes, and genealogies with the help of image classifier apps. Even the "wrong answers / differential diagnoses" enrich my understanding of the natural world. This hobby grew out of a coping mechanism to memorize seemingly arbitrary names of bugs and drugs in med school.

If you could learn anything what would that be?

Other people's lived perspectives. Seriously, 99% of the world's problems come from each of us believing that we've "seen it all" while lurking in our own blind spots each the size of a sunspot.