Good Reads

The UBC department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology values good reads. For this reason, we’d like to share some of the Wellness-related books we’ve come across.

1.  What Doctor’s Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine – Danielle Ofri

This is a heartfelt piece that explores the connection between physician emotions and their every day professional practice. Dr. Ofri does an excellent job describing each case, by highlighting the individual challenges faced by both physicians and their patients.


2. GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

An excellent read that provides an evidence-based approach to why, even in highly adverse moments, we should not give up on tasks, goals, and our own self development.


3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life – Charles DuhiggThe Power of Habit explains the science behind habit, including how we form and change them. Charles Duhigg conveys the potential for human transformation through his findings, and explains why organizations and people may resist change.


4. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy – Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, recounts a tragic tale in Option B of how her and her family overcame adversity by engaging in resilience. Sandberg explains the resilience processes and strategies that she used to bounce back through a difficult time, and also provides the reader with a great deal of cross-cultural research to support her findings.


5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain

Quiet discusses the advantages and disadvantages of being either an introvert or extrovert, and how our world focuses and is structured on extroverted personalities. Author Susan Cain urges change within organizations, schools, and in parenting, where she emphasizes the normalcy of introversion, and the need to embrace this personality, instead of reject it. Cain also offers advice to introverts who are living through a dominantly extroverted culture.


6. The Gifts of Imperfection – Brené Brown

Brené Brown does an excellent job explaining the pressures that society and the media impose on our lives, along with offering advice on how to work through this pressure. Brown puts forth a powerful notion on how to strengthen our courage and compassion for ourselves, in order to accept our imperfections and how to move forward with this in a positive manner.


7. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery – Henry Marsh

Do No Harm gives its audience a glimpse of the life of a brain surgeon, where readers are able to further understand the agonizing decisions that surgeons make under great urgency and uncertainty. This piece offers an opportunity to consider the surgeon’s professional and personal position, and the interplay between them. In addition, Marsh discusses the risks that surgeons must take when operating, and the adversity experienced if things were to go wrong.


8. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long – David Rock

David Rock offers an neuroscience approach of explaining how we think in specific situations, particularly in the workplace. Rock allows us to further understand our minds, which grants us the ability to strengthen our efficiency, focus, and interactions with others in our every day lives.


9. Faculty Health in Academic Medicine – Physicians, Scientists, and the Pressures of Success – Larry D. Gruppen, PhD

Larry Gruppen discusses the challenges and difficulties faced by faculty members, including scientists, physicians and other staff that are contributing to academic medicine by helping improve patient care, teaching, and facilitating research.