Summer Reading Program
The Summer Reading Program (SSRP) welcomes new students to the University’s learning community through the thoughtful exploration of meaningful questions in the health humanities.
Together with faculty, staff and student volunteers, new students begin their formal preparations for careers in health care by reading and responding personally and thoughtfully to a common text chosen specifically to engage the human side of medicine.
The work for each summer’s program begins many months before as faculty, staff and current students prepare the journal prompts, video commentaries and other resources that new students will use to record their responses to the text.
During the summer, incoming students learn how to use the University’s academic management software to archive their journal responses.
In August, during New Student Orientation, first-year students meet with their orientation leaders as well as faculty and staff volunteers to edit their completed journals for inclusion in the SSRP digest, the composite record of the new class’s response to the health humanities questions raised by the text.
These multifaceted efforts culminate early in the academic year with a talk about the SSRP text that simultaneously concludes the summer reading program and kicks off the University's annual Liberal Arts Convocations (LAC) series. Students can look forward to subsequent convocations and possible course assignments that continue to engage the SSRP themes.