Palliative Care Book Club

We are dedicated to books that make us reflect deeply on the human condition.

Our goal is to create a safe, open space for everyone to reconnect with the patient perspective, as well as to reflect on our own thoughts and feelings. 


Faculty sponsor is Jessica Simon MD

In collaboration with the Health Humanities Group. To make this book club more accessible, our Living Library is dedicated to stocking a copy of each book we read together.


We welcome learners and practitioners from departments related to:

  • Healthcare
  • Arts, Literature and Humanities

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For more information, please contact.

Current Book

Being Mortal

This moving book addresses different aspects of aging and end-of-life care, and it contains Gawande's personal stories as a surgeon. He suggests that medical care should focus on well-being rather than survival.


Reading progress. Please come having completed the book.


Meeting date & time. 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 10


Location or Zoom link.  (Meeting ID: 968 531 5385; Passcode: Palliative)


Recommended drink of the month.  With new years' resolutions and health on everyone's minds, let's go for the most universally wholesome drink - clean water! Stay hydrated!


Events of interest. None this month.

Past Readings

When Breath Becomes Air 

This moving and beautiful book is the memoir of Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer shortly before completing his training as a neurosurgeon. Through his story, Kalanithi explores mortality, legacy, and the meaning of life.