Moving Us Closer To Osler
A Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Initiative

What’s on your nightstand, what are you excited about reading next?


Pull out your “must read ASAP” list and find your library card!

Lifelong Learning in Clinical Excellence | December 7, 2018 | <1 min read


Sam Kant, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center

Heart: A History,” by @sjauhar.

Elizabeth Gunderson, MD

My nightstand and my Kindle are full! I’m excited to read “Not Quite Dead,” by my amazing colleague !

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Rana Awdish, MD, Henry Ford Hospital

Never Let Me Go,” by Kazuo Ishiguru. Because only dystopian literature makes sense sometimes.

Scott Wright, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Just read “Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood,” by Trevor Noah. Fantastic book. Apparently the Canadian Prime Minister is also a big fan – having pledged $50M in a Tweet to support Noah’s charity. Up next, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Jessica Colburn, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Currently listening on audiobook to “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved”  written by for the second time. Beautiful memoir. Powerful takeaways for me as a doctor and as a mom of a child who has faced life threatening illness.

Paul O'Rourke, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Being the father of an almost three-year-old who loves books, most of the books I currently have around are children stories we can enjoy together.

I have to admit though I am enjoying reading Dr. Seuss again probably just as much as he does. It’s good for dad and son :).

Margaret Chisolm, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I keep three types of books on my nightstand:

1) The comforting re-read (in this case, Rebecca)

2) The must-finish-before-I-die long-read (War and Peace)

3) The mythical/historical fiction light-read (Circe)

Alyssa Burgart, MD, Stanford Health Care

The Children Act” (novel: transfusion in Jehovah’s Witness children) by Ian McEwan, “The Black Stork: Eugenics & the Death of ‘Defective’ Babies,” by Martin Pernick, “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You,” and “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong.”


I recently finished “The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic,” by Steven Johnson, and “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine,” by Deborah Blum.


Next up, “Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age if American Medicine,” by Naomi Rogers.

Rachel Salas, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Wolf Constellation,” by Lauren Small, and “How Not to Die,” by Michael Greger, MD.

David Neubauer, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Circadian Code,” by