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Health Career Center Book Events

Sermo: A Health Topics Book Club - New opportunity!
Tuesday, November 27 @ 5:00pm
2-565 Moos Tower  (Health Careers Center)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Do you like to read? Do you enjoy having stimulating conversations on health related topics? Then come join The Health Career Center on Tuesday, November 27th at 5pm for the first meeting of a health topics book club! We will be discussing the book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and will be joined by Dr. Stephen Nelson, adjunct faculty in the U of M Department of Pediatrics. If you don't have the book - check your local library, or you can stop at the U of M Bookstore and receive 20% off the purchase of it (when mentioning the book club).
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" is the story of a poor tobacco farmer and how her cells have been used in experiments since the 1950s to study disease. The book is an exploration of medical and journalistic ethics, African-American history, social justice and the leaps forward in scientific knowledge that came from HeLa cells.
Learn more about the book, and hear what the author had to say during an MPR interview earlier in the year:
Contact us at 612-624-6767 or with any questions! Everyone is welcome!
Confessions of a Sin Eater: A Doctor's Reflections
University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health faculty Therese Zink, MD, MPH, will read from her new book, Confessions of a Sin Eater: A Doctor’s Reflections, exploring the burden, mystery, and privilege of doctoring.
When: Thursday, November 15 @ 7:00pm
Where: Subtext Bookstore, 165 N Western Avenue (below Nina's Coffee Cafe), St Paul, MN, 55102
The diversity of Zink’s stories and her honest reflection illuminates the moral quandaries of doctoring. She examines the burdens of knowing too much about the lives of her patients and bearing witness to the darker side of humanity (violence, abuse, neglect) as well as celebrating the joys. She explores the limits and uncertainties of treatments and medications for healing, the reality that some of her actions cause pain and that her mistakes can harm patients. She also recognizes the unexpected gifts her patients give her, reflecting on her own human foibles and how ministering to patients brings her healing.
Confessions of a Sin Eater is more than an opportunity for Zink to bare her soul and share her stories. “It’s about the privilege of walking along side patients and helping them manage and make sense of the challenges life dishes out,” Zink said. She wants her book to serve as a tool for the next generation of health professionals to learn the importance of reflection to avoid burnout. The book includes discussion questions. It is available in print and digital form and can be ordered through, bookstores, and ebook outlets. Learn more at