Character & Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education
edited by Adina Kalet, Bruce H. Campbell, Wendy Peltier, Kathlyn Fletcher, Julia Schmitt, Erin Weileder, and Rachel Keane
Nonfiction - Medical - Social Justice - Personal Narratives
ABOUT THE BOOK
When classrooms and clinical rotations shut down in March 2020, medical school faculty, staff, and students craved connection, comfort, and guidance. Out of that need, the Kern Institute created a weekly newsletter, the Transformational Times, to gather and amplify the voices of those rushing to the front lines and those who supported them. The nascent community shared its reactions over the summer to racial injustice, in the fall to the COVID-19 surges and the return to school, and in the winter and spring to the continued societal discord and slow adjustment to the new normal.
This collection of essays, stories, and creative responses shares the voices of diverse members of the medical community and beyond through a year of disconnection and reconnection. With honesty and creativity, each contributor tries to discern what medical education–and our world–might look like on the other side.