In January of this year, I challenged myself and my Facebook friends to read 50 books. I created a Facebook group where we could share book reviews and recommendations and I posted my updates using the hashtag #50Books2015. Well, I didn’t quite complete the challenge but I’m motivated to give it another try next year. Here’s a nice little summary of my year in print courtesy of Emma and Jamie. Continue Reading
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I’m in Baltimore attending the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual meeting and this year’s meeting focus is social justice and racial inequity as contributors to health disparities. I just left an informative, timely, standing room only session on holistic review in admissions that revisited the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Fisher vs University of Texas case. Many schools are watching this case closely to better understand how to implement legally compliant recruitment strategies in order to matriculate medical school classes that meet their missions while reflecting the nation’s diversity.
The information shared was relevant and well-organized. Kudos to the presenters! But my take away from the session was not the importance of legally compliant recruitment strategies nor the evolution and effectiveness of holistic review in admissions. The most memorable moment in this session was when one of the presenters told a story about a student’s experience with bias in the classroom. Continue Reading
Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal is a brutally honest, but carefully crafted confrontation with mortality. None of us comes here to stay, but it is rare to spend time thinking strategically about earthly departure, until it seems near and inevitable. In the throws of terminal illnesses, Americans often choose costly medical procedures that don’t prolong life and that sometimes shorten and hinder the little bit of life that remains.
Gawande challenges us to begin to think critically about how we will spend our final days. He doesn’t just ask how we want to die, he’s more concerned with how we want to live. He asks the reader to consider what fulfills us. What is our purpose? What gives us a reason to live? Then he encourages us to build decisions about our medical care and end of life plans around our purpose, choosing options that enable us to continue fulfilling our purpose as effectively as possible for as long as we are able. But issues of purpose and fulfillment are not medical. Rather, they are spiritual. Continue Reading