August 2020 Reading Roundup

I’m quietly sitting here wondering how it got to be the end of August, but somehow it is. So, what’s caught my eye this month?

I don’t want anyone to miss this PNAS article showing that physician-patient racial concordance and disparities in newborn mortality. Take home? It’s another take-home for supporting DEI in healthcare since Black babies do better with Black doctors, particularly if they are a difficult birth. Let’s keep doing better in terms of expanding who we’re inviting to the “table” in medical school, and let’s also look at other racial/ethnic groups.

Colleagues at Northwestern did some terrific work that confirms what we all have long “known”/ suspected that patient outcomes are impacted by surgeon technical skills. I’m biased as the interviewer, but the author interview was a lot of fun as well.

I have a notorious soft spot for trying to improve rural/ urban disparities in healthcare, and I found this JAMA Network Open article looking at postacute care to be particularly interesting.

HBR (I know, I know, I’m not sponsored…) had an article on the importance of having friendships at work. The accompanying podcast is also worth a listen, and was a real reminder to the impact of work friends on job satisfaction and engagement. Stay tuned for another post next week on work friends.

And my other reading right now?

Fiction- lyrically written, and the story just wraps you in

Current nonfiction, which has been nothing short of fascinating:

And for our Antiracist Reading Group, the August book (which I have learned a great deal from was:

Happy end of August, all, and I hope you’ll all get a brief break for the holiday weekend.

Oh, and register to vote if you haven’t, okay?!?