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IMPACT Practice Common Reading

One of our goals is that you learn to be not only an evidence-based clinician, but also a high-performing member of a health care team.

As a kick-off to the theme of patient-centered care, before your arrival we ask you to read Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova, a novel that introduces the perspective of a Charlestown resident and his family as they grapple with the discovery of illness and subsequent decline. You will participate in a group discussion of its themes during orientation.

The language of the novel can be coarse, but that simply reflects the wrenching decisions that a genetic illness forces the O’Briens to confront. You are encouraged to consider what the O'Brien's experiences reveal about how clinicians can deliver patient-center care. In the first IMPACT Practice course, you will return to the themes of the novel as part of an interprofessional discussion of health care ethics.

A new way to learn. A better way to deliver care.

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Photo of the book cover for Inside the O'Briens