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Beth Stewart
Clinical Fellow

Beth Stewart

Can you describe your personality in three adjectives?

Funny, because I always try to lighten the mood and make the atmosphere comfortable for people. Even-keeled, because I don't get flustered easily. Adventurous, as I have traveled a lot by myself with absolutely no plans and no place to stay; I just figured things out as I went. I lived in Granada, Spain, for three months and have traveled to Morocco, Southeast Asia, India, Brazil and East Africa where, other than climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I had nothing planned ahead of time.

Who is important in your life?

My brother and I drove each other crazy when we were younger but, as we've gotten older, we have gotten closer. It is nice to have somebody who understands where you're coming from and you don't have to explain yourself. He will be going to law school at USF. Also, my best friend since high school, who is so much more free-spirited than anyone else I know. She has been the inspiration for some of our trips, like when we went camping in the Amazon. She is someone I like to emulate.

Would you like to be a contestant on a reality show? Is there a current show that you think you would easily nail?

I don't own a TV and haven't since med school, so I really don't know what is current. I have seen those Japanese reality shows that are like obstacle courses. I don't know if I would nail them but I would really enjoy them. I've been wanting for a couple of years to sign up for a Tough Mudder course, a crazy, long course where with a team you must do all kinds of things, like crawling through mud with mildly electric livewires. I haven't done one yet but my goal at some point is to be in good enough shape that I could do one of these races. It would be better to do one of these on a reality show and win a big prize!

What movie or book did you recently see that you enjoyed?

I recently re-read the Ender’s Game a couple of months ago in anticipation of the movie release. The last movie I really enjoyed was the first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I ferociously read the New York Times and the BBC, which has a really great science and environment section.

Who might star as you in a biopic? Would it be a comedy or drama?

Someone once told me that I looked like Scarlett Johansson but I had no idea who she was. The first thing that popped up when I googled her was, "the most beautiful woman in the world," and I thought that was nice! My biopic would have to be a comedy adventure.

On what do you spend too much time or money?

I have a membership to a climbing gym but since I've been on service, that's been too much money because I haven't used it. In general, I spend too much time and money going out to dinner because it is just so easy to go out in San Francisco, and I live in the Mission where there are too many choices.

Thank you Beth!

- by Oralia Schatzman

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