Take me back to the sunshine in the Dominican Republic, where I can read outside and enjoy the views.
I always told myself I would read more once I had time. When finals are done, when CK/CS are over, during weekends on rotations…yeah right. I am still on the same page 22 in Lean In as I was when I started medical school. About a month ago, I decided enough was enough and started looking for things to read. Here are some of my recent picks!
1. The Presidential Address from the Association for Academic Surgery: Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings
A good read for anyone in medicine but a must-read for women wish to pursue surgery. Dr. Greenberg does a great job identifying the issue and then making recommendations about how to improve, for males and females alike. She goes into detail about gender schemas and how they play a role in the implicit bias that’s been created, diving into how she is taking steps to rectify her actions. My favorite part is below:
“If you take away only one lesson today, it is this: none of us are bad people, and none of us explicitly decide that men and women should be treated differently, but we all think this way-all of us. We all have implicit bias. Until we recognize this, embrace it, and identify the tools that we need to mitigate the impact of our biases, we are never going to be able to solve these problems.”
I’ve also linked the video to her speech here.
2. House of God
I started this after my surgery rotation after it was highly recommended by my attendings. I finally got more into during my trip to Punta Cana (pictured above)! The writing style is definitely different and takes getting used to, but now that I’m a few chapters in I appreciate the satire and am looking forward finishing it. As someone still 1.5 years away from residency, I was really intrigued by the reviews and suggestions for it! Will give more thorough commentary once I’m done!
3. Jamie Katuna’s blog post
Jamie is a first year medical student who is one of the most creative people on Instagram. She recently asked women for submissions about comments they’ve heard as female students in medicine, and unfortunately I felt myself nodding along as I read them. On the brighter side, she includes hilarious responses underneath!
An easy-to-read ebook about improving communication with patients, written by Stephen, with the tagline of how to be the clinician everyone loves. He has a lot of knowledge and information to share both as a patient and a medical speech-language pathologist, covered in this 64-page ebook.
Medical school teaches you a lot, but one area that could be improved is communication with patients. Sure, we have standardized patients and we’re taught to shake hands, make eye contact, but what’s lacking is how to respond in uncomfortable situations or how to form a genuine connection with a patient while on a time crunch.
I really enjoyed reading this because it was 1) practical and not overly wordy, 2) evidence-based using statistics to back up the information, and 3) gave examples of difficult situations and how to react appropriately to them.
Check out the book here!*
*This book was given to me for my review. If you choose to purchase, I make no commission. I highly recommend it for all medical professionals – it’s a quick read and packed with so many helpful tips!
That’s all this week. Stay warm, and let me know what you guys have been reading 🙂