STLCOP Summer Reading Program (SSRP)

The current SSRP (2014), can be found here.

The STLCOP Summer Reading Program (SSRP) welcomes new students to the College’s intellectual community through the thoughtful exploration of meaningful questions in the medical humanities. Together with faculty, staff, and student volunteers, all future STLCOP graduates commence their formal preparations for careers in health care by reading and personally responding to a common text chosen specifically to engage the human side of medicine.

SSRP 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 the new students will use to record their responses to the text. During Pre-Orientation in June, the new students learn how to use the college’s academic management software to archive their journal responses together with the rest of the incoming students. 
During First Year Orientation, new students meet with their orientation leaders, along with faculty and staff volunteers to edit their responses for inclusion in the SSRP digest, the composite record of the new class’s response to the medical humanities questions raised by the text. The new students also share their creative responses in their SSRP projects.  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 college’s annual Convocations series. Students can look forward to subsequent Convocations and possible course assignments that continue to engage the SSRP themes. Anne Fadiman
SSRP '13 Digest Implemented in 2012 at the personal request of College President John A. Pieper, the STLCOP Summer Reading Program has quickly become one of the most comprehensive efforts in the college’s academic mission, enlisting all of the College’s constituencies to renew and pursue one of the defining goals of STLCOP 20/20: to foster personal development among all members of the college community by encouraging “continuous/lifelong learning/inquisitiveness/curiosity.”