A Summer in Boston

With the conclusion of the MIT Hacking Medicine hackathon, I have taken the few weeks of time off to reconnect with family and friends, hike, and have also taken some time to do some personal work.

Among this work, I have set myself some summer goals for my return to Boston since my Optum internship, unlike my engineering education, will leave me with a small amount of personal time. Along side my work with innovateEDU, BU Entrepreneurship Club, and the MIT Hackathon project this summer, I am hoping to take the well-received Stanford Machine Learning open courseware class. I have also developed a good plan to keep my coding chops up (HackerRank, Cracking the Coding Interview, Kaggle). Along with blogs such as the Kaggle blog, TechCrunch, and The Health Care Blog, I have also sought out friends to give me some good books to pool over in my spare time, and have compiled the list below. Hopefully this list gives you some inspiration for your summer reads:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

This book is one many of my friends and mentors have recommended me, and was one that helps teach some soft skills and helps you think twice about how to effectively engage people.

2. The Hard Thing About Hard Things

I was able to seek this book out from a fellow innovateEDU team member, and am excited to read the book. It’s written by Ben Horowitz, a famous entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and covers his experience in the tech industry as a CEO, and I am excited to hear his perspective.

3. The Health Care Handbook 

A quick internet search led me to this read, and seems like a great way for me to get to know the ins and outs of the healthcare industry. I am excited for this book as well, given the fact that I have focused a lot on learning about the technology behind my role and haven’t yet spent enough time learning about the environment healthcare technologies enter into.

4. The Healing of America 

This book is an extension off the previous list, and offers a more opinionated account of the healthcare climate in the US and across the world. I think this book will give a more 3-dimensional view of the healthcare industry, and new perspectives on how I can use my technical skills to help with future improvements.

5. The Patient Will See You Now

Last but not least, this book offers insight from a renowned medical professional, Eric Topol, into how digital innovation can positively impact the medical field in the coming years. This book is one I have to say I am the most excited to read, since it seems to be right up my alley of interests and experience.

6. The Lean Startup 

Although this will be a re-read, I always like refreshing myself on the awesome work methodologies presented here by Ries, which apply to nearly any individual working on risky or new projects.

If you have any suggestions on any additional books or blogs that you read regularly, or any other programming resources, I welcome your suggestions in the comment section below.

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