Campus Read 2015 - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

About Campus Read 2015

Formally established in 2009 by Chancellor Michael Collins, the Campus Read Program is an academic enrichment initiative designed to provide campus-wide engagement through the reading of a book relevant to health care and health sciences education. The book discussion promotes academic discourse and critical thinking on a topic that is both timely and important for our campus community and our mission areas. For the past several years, the Campus Read Committee has chosen a book that has been aligned with our goal of increasing cultural competence. Prior to this event, members of our academic medical community come together in small and large discussion groups for critical analysis of the topic. The campus read 2015 selection is:

 Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Frontline Video about the book called "Being Mortal"
link to Frontline video "on being mortal"

Diversity Campus Read launches with
conversation about palliative care and 
end-of-life planning
 
by Sandra Gray

picture of speakers 

 

 

Book Graphic for Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Reviews:

“A deeply affecting, urgently important book – one not just about dying and the limits of medicine but about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy.” – Katherine Boo

“We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However, it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life – a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.” – Oliver Sacks

“American medicine, Being Mortal reminds us, has prepared itself for life but not for death. This is Atul Gawande’s most powerful – and moving – book.” – Malcolm Gladwell

 

Campus Read 2015

The Main Event

The campus read 2015 selection is: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Dr Susan Block image

Discussion Facilitation by: 

Susan D. Block, MD 

Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
Professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School
Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs

Dr. Block is a national leader in the development of palliative medicine and an expert in medical education, faculty development, and palliative care. She has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and health systems change.

This event is cosponsored by The Diversity & Inclusion Office, Division of Palliative Care-UMMHC and the Mature Workforce Committee or the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity- UMMS

Tuesday October 13th 2015

12-1:00 pm ,
AS2-2102 Auditorium (Lecture Hall)
Albert Sherman Center


(Boxed lunch provided at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm)

 

email: Fernanda.gama@umassmed.edu

A Conversation about Being Mortal: South Street Discussion

 

All are welcome to this Campus Read event! Join this South Street conversation and bring a friend!

Monday, October 5, 2015

12-1:00 pm, South Street Amphitheater

 

Facilitated by:

Jennifer Tjia, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences and Medicine, UMMS
Palliative Medicine, UMMHC

And

Jennifer A. Reidy, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMMS Co-Chief Palliative Medicine, UMMHC

Moderated by:

David Polakoff, MD, M.Sc.
Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean Commonwealth Medicine
Director, Center for Health Policy and Research

Sponsors Include:
Diversity & Inclusion Office,
Commonwealth Medicine Cultural Diversity Sub-Committee (of the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity ) -,
Division of Palliative Care-UMMHC

 

A Student Discussion

Students join the entire UMMS and UMMHC community in reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

"A needed call to action, a cautionary tale of what can go wrong, and often does, when a society fails to engage in a sustained discussion about aging and dying. "
~San Francisco Chronicle

Facilitated by: Jennifer A. Reidy, MD, MS and Ravna Trietsch, SOM 2017

Please join us for a student discussion on

Monday, October 5th 2015
1:30pm, ASC AS6.2072

regarding this book and the many issues that it brings to light (Food will be provided!)

By attending the discussion you will earn House Cup points for your house

 

 email: Fernanda.gama@umassmed.edu

 

 

Conversation about Being Mortal: MassBiologics

Being Mortal Book graphic

 

Suzana E. Makowski, MD, MMM
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Director, Palliative Care, Cancer Center of Excellence, UMMHC
Co-Chief Palliative Medicine

And

Deborah C. Molrine, MD
Deputy Director,
Clinical Affairs Professor of Pediatrics Director,
Center for Health Policy and Research MassBiologics, UMMS

 

(Past) Thursday, September 17, 2015

 9:00 – 10:00 am
MassBiologics

Sponsored by

Diversity & Inclusion Office (DIO),

Division of Palliative Care-UMMHC,

the  MassBiologics Diversity Committee (of the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity ) - UMMS

Conversation with …

Being Mortal Book graphicSuzana E. Makowski, MD, MMM
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UMMS
Associate Director, Palliative Care, Cancer Center of Excellence, UMMHC
Co-Chief Palliative Medicine

And

Jennifer A. Reidy, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMMS 
Co-Chief Palliative Medicine, UMMHC

Moderated by
Patrick Muldoon, FACHE
President
UMass Memorial Medical Center

 

(past) Tuesday, August 4, 2015
 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Faculty Conference Room
University Campus

Sponsored by

Diversity & Inclusion Office (DIO),

Division of Palliative Care-UMMHC,

the Mature Workforce Committee (of the Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity ) - UMMS

About the Campus Read 

Formally established in 2009 by Chancellor Michael Collins, the Campus Read Program is an academic enrichment initiative designed to provide campus-wide engagement through the reading of a book relevant to health care and health sciences education. The book discussion promotes academic discourse and critical thinking on a topic that is both timely and important for our campus community and our mission areas. For the past several years, the Campus Read Committee has chosen a book that has been aligned with our goal of increasing cultural competence. Prior to this event, members of our academic medical community come together in small and large discussion groups for critical analysis of the topic.

Planning for the campus read occurs year-round.