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  • Character and Caring: Book I and Book II

Character and Caring: Book I and Book II


Two-Book Set | Special savings when you buy both books at once!


Character & Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education AND

Character & Caring: Medical Education Emerges From the Pandemic

edited by Adina Kalet, Bruce H. Campbell, Wendy Peltier, Kathlyn Fletcher, Julia Schmitt, Erin Weileder, and Rachel Keane



Paperback (*Both Books)

Nonfiction - Medical - Social Justice - Personal Narratives

ISBN Book I: 9781645383758

ISBN Book II: 9781645385639




Character & Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education (Book I)

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.




Character & Caring: Medical Eduation Emerges From the Pandemic (Book II)

Medical students, residents, physicians, and caregivers have struggled during the pandemic. The times in which we live will transform medicine. These essays, drawn from the Kern Institute’s Transformational Times newsletter, offer glimpses into what we have experienced and what might yet come.


In these pages, readers engage with unsettling realities unmasked by COVID-19, including workplace biases, inattention to wellness, residency-related stress, the loneliness of military responsibility, the inequity of the world around us, reproductive healthcare uncertainty, new educational realities, and the imperitive for flourishing and practical wisdom in physicians.


Each essay reveals remarkable insights and reflects the interplay of the world we inhabit with the present and future of medicine and healthcare.




Character & Caring: Medical Education Emerges From the Pandemic


“[This book] provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring one’s best self to the bedside and looks for the unexpected opportunities to impact the world.”

-Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH


“…a ready-made syllabus to embrace social, psychological, spiritual, and humanistic dimensions of medical education.”

-Louis N. Pangaro, MD, MACP


“…the art, as well as the science, of medicine are eloquently delivered, provoking the reader to reflect and see the world from new perspectives.”

-J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD


“Incredibly timely.”

-Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS

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