Ashley McMullen, MD

Ashley McMullen, MD


Ashley is originally from Houston, Texas, and attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio before venturing east to do HIV/AIDS vaccine research at the Ragon Institute of the Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard. After a few cold winters in Boston, she returned home to sunshine and humidity to earn her MD at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston. She went on to complete her Internal Medicine residency at University of California San Francisco and is a proud alumna of the San Francisco General Primary Care (SFPC) Track. She currently is the inaugural Ambulatory Chief Resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and plans to build a career in academic primary care for urban/underserved communities. In her spare time, you can find Ashley lamenting Houston sports teams while actively resisting the Golden State Warriors bandwagon, making Spotify playlists for all occasions, checking out vintage book stores, and biking the flat parts of San Francisco.

All posts by Ashley McMullen, MD

August 28th, 2019

Status: Post-Residency Syndrome

Today, I’m thinking about the end of residency. But first, let me tell you about the beginning of residency. My first day of clinic, my very first week of residency, I had a grand total of one patient scheduled. A seasoned outgoing resident had given me sign-out on this person, along with some big, knowledgeable […]

March 8th, 2019

The Oncology Service

I won’t forget Mr. H’s face that morning, my very first morning on the medical oncology service. I skirted into his room behind my attending as she was called in to see him on the fly. With a slight smile, he sat quietly in the corner of the exam room, a tall black male of […]

December 26th, 2018

Trapped – Chronic Pain and Opioids

“I feel like a caged animal” — My patient offered me this lens through which to view his life seeped in chronic pain. For him, pain dictated his entire sense of being — it was something that simply could not be distilled down to a single value on a 10-point scale. The cage represented the […]

October 25th, 2018

Part of the Equation, but Not Equal

Fall is finally here — the weather is changing, good TV shows are back on, and, for residency programs, interview season is fast approaching. That means it is time, once again, to choose the next class of interns to take the formative next step in their careers. In this process of selecting a few from […]

September 12th, 2018

Good Things Take Time

My Patient The day I met you was early in my second year of Internal Medicine residency. After much of my internship had been spent on arduous inpatient rotations, I was finally ready to lead my own team of young doctors and students on a high-acuity wards service. Yet, in my continuity clinic, I was […]

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