Health Tech Reads: In Shock by Dr. Rana Awdish

This week we are discussing and previewing "In shock" by Dr. Rana Awdish. We will discuss the book Tuesday night, December 5 at 9:30 PM EST. This will include questions about the topic and book. If you haven't read the book you can get it here. We don't ask that you finish every book before a chat, you can use this as a preview for great books in Healthcare. Please be respectful and interact with great content by following the twitter handle @healthtechreads and searching the hashtag #htreads. 

Our review this week was written by the very kind Grace Cordovano. Please follow her on Twitter. 


Review: In Shock


Dr. Awdish tears down the walls housing her personal experiences as a doctor turned patient. She masterfully guides the reader through multiple vantage points: as a doctor expecting a child, to the loss of a child and her own “death”, to miraculous survival, painful yet determined recoveries, multiple set backs, surgeries, and medical emergencies, with victories and profound revelations throughout. The story captivates the with a raw authenticity, transporting the reader through a broad spectrum of emotions the reader couldn’t possibly be prepared to experience: disbelief, grief, devastation, sadness, victory, joy, and true hope.  Dr. Awdish’s deep inner reflections are juxtaposed with her seemingly endless battle for life, providing a thought-provoking framework for redefining the terms patient experience, patient engagement, doctor satisfaction, and the meaning of true healthcare. There is no doubt that medical education must be refreshed after experiencing this harrowing account.


Readers will undoubtedly leave this book permanently changed and rocked to the core. In Shock professes a convincing perspective on the need for compassion and human connection in medicine.  Dr. Awdish makes a clear case for the need for more empathy for doctors, patients, and their care partners. She is a visionary enlightened by her profound experiences as a patient. This should be required reading by every medical and nursing student, every hospital administrator, technician, and staff member. There isn’t a single person who wouldn’t benefit from reading In Shock and experiencing the consequent opening of the soul first-hand.


Questions for #HTReads In Shock

Q1) According to In Shock, what are the qualities of care that would enhance and elevate the practice of medicine?

Q2) In Shock presents the need for a change in the culture of medicine from disease and treatment focused to one that is more holistic, acknowledges imperfection, and embraces suffering. Do you agree that this cultural change is needed?

Q3) When a physician labels a patient, i.e., difficult, non-adherent, hysterical, what gets overlooked or missed?

Q4) What are the risks/benefits of physicians taking the time to listen to patient stories in the context of a stressful schedule and environment?