Greetings and Book Recommendations from the Health Professions Team

Hi everyone,

We hope you’re doing well as you settle into this spring semester.

As you all know, reading is an essential pre-health activity: no matter the book and no matter the reason. To take time to slowly immerse ourselves in the words and perspectives of other people can be healing for us personally, but moreover it also helps develop the empathy needed to be compassionate, open, holistic health professionals. So, we wanted to use the space of today’s newsletter’s greeting to get some books on your future reading lists—perhaps as things to read in the summer, or whenever you have a moment. This is of course a very limited list! But some titles that come immediately to mind, as perennial favorites of ours or new books we have on our reading lists too, are:

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, and

Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine by Dr. Uché Blackstock (you can read an excerpt here)

Are there any books you can recommend, that have been meaningful to you in your pre-health journey? Please write to us and let us know!

By Richard Aronson
Richard Aronson Program Director, Careers in Health Professions