Happy Spring! We are so excited to announce that the UCSD IM Book Club is starting up again with the fabulous book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot. This non-fiction book tells the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks whose cervical cancer cells were the first to be grown in culture and are still being propagated today. These cells, known as HeLa cells by scientists, have been essential to many medical advancements from the polio vaccine to gene mapping. During the author’s research, she became close with Henrietta Lacks’ remaining family members uncovering an extraordinary history of human experimentation and medical ethics. Check out this link for a full review: https://bloom-obgyn.com/book-review-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-by-rebecca-skloot/
UCSD’s book club strives to encourage reading and foster rewarding discussions in a very laid-back setting. We invite anyone and everyone (including family and friends) to join us whether you have time to read the whole book or even just the first page! This book has also been made into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey, which is a great option to check out, if you aren’t able to pick up the book! The movie is available for streaming on HBO max.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30pm
Location: Mission Bay Park–2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. SD, CA 92109
Save the Date! Our next hike is EASY and great for the whole family! It’s my FAVORITE spot in San Diego–Torrey Pines State Reserve. It will be Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9am. Stay tuned for more details. For questions, email Danielle Munce firstname.lastname@example.org. We will meet and park (free) on Callan Road (see red circle on map below), near the Lodge at Torrey Pines. More details to follow!
SAVE THE DATE! If you have the day off next Sunday, March 7, meet us at 9am at the trailhead at Lake Poway. 14644 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064. $10 for parking (consider carpooling). 8 miles round trip; 2,000 feet of elevation gain, no shade, great views and photo op! Bring your mask and plenty of water! For more details, contact Christine Sonners (email@example.com).
Amazing R1 (almost R2) Elizabeth Epstein has proven herself to be a champion of wellness. She has published a review paper reframing cardiac rehab as not only a means of increasing survival rates but also improving quality of life during those years! https://rdcu.be/b4KgR
That’s not all! She has also published an article giving us all a guide on how to maintain wellness in the COVID19 era. In the articles, she compares residency training to High Intensity Interval Training, and frames wellness as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read more here: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/covid-19-as-a-threat-to-wellness.html She did this all while being an amazing co-resident and physician!
A quiet street, a closed building, an empty parking lot, a sad voice, a missed connection. Pride, anger, fear, compassion, remorse.
What will we remember from this time? How can we use language to understand this experience?
Let’s try to capture a moment together to do some directed narrative writing. Like a photograph, a short narrative tells a story in a moment’s time but leaves a lasting impression. We can’t un-see, and we can’t un-read. Let’s make something that lasts.
We’ll do a couple short writing exercises and share them with each other.
-Dena Rifkin, MD
Dr. Rifkin, our awesome nephrology attending and medical humanities expert has kindly agreed to lead us through this exercise!
Please fill out this survey so that we may figure out the best time for a Zoom event for those interested! Narrative Medicine