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Book Program

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), formerly known as the Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity (OCED), Book Program began in 2000 to exemplify our commitment to your highest educational and personal growth as medical students here in the School of Medicine. We want all students who join our family of learners to value and appreciate diversity, the impact of cultural differences on health and healthcare, and to remember to continue to pursue other aspects of themselves outside medicine and continue to read broadly.

The books we have sent in the past were selected as stories about culture in general and the culture of medicine as practiced in America, and how they impact our patients’ health outcomes and the health experiences. Below is a list of books previously presented to newly admitted students:


2000 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
2001 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
2002 The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Arviso Alvord, MD and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt
2003 If I Get to Five: What Children Can Teach Us about Courage and Character by Fred Epstein, MD, and Joshua Horwitz
2004 Far From Home: Shattering the Myth of the Model Minority by Mary Chung Hayashi, Founder of the National Asian Women’s Health Organization
2005 Creative Healers: A Collection of Essays, Reviews, and Poems from The Pharos, 1938-1998 compiled and edited by Edward Day Harris, Jr., MD
2006 Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
2007 Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
2008 Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen
2009 The Soul of a Doctor: Harvard Medical Students Face Life and Death by Susan Pories, Sachin H. Jain, Gordon Harper, and Jerome E. Groopan
2010 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
2012  A Waiting Room of One's Own: Contexts for The Waiting Room Project, complied and edited by Sarah Smarsh, Washburn University
2013 Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
2014 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg (e-book)

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Last modified: Sep 28, 2018