Welcome to the Medic Mentor Book Club! 

 We meet via Zoom on Tuesdays at 7:45pm to discuss a medical book. Every month follows the same structure:

Week 1: Independent reading week

Week 2: Themes discussion

Week 3: Guest speaker

Week 4: Debate meeting (member participation)

Books are voted on in meetings by our members, and originate from our Reading List.

Time to get reading!

We have compiled a book list from recommendations from our Doctors and Medical Student Scholars.

For updates and to join our meetings, please sign up for a Medic Mentor Student Portal.

The Medic Mentor Book Club is run by our committee, which changes every 6 months: applications for new committee members closed in January 2022 and will reopen in August 2022.

Current Reading

April: This Is Going Hurt by Adam Kay

 

In April, we will be discussing the famous ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ by British comedy writer and former doctor Adam Kay.

It is a well-known non-fiction book, and has recently been turned in to a series. It is a collection of diaries entries between 2004-2010, written by Kay during his medical training as a junior doctor on the obstetrics and gynaecology ward in a National Health Service Hospital.

Kay writes about the political aspect of the healthcare system and some of the misunderstandings from the general society about doctors. In a mix of both gut-wrenching and hilarious, Kay encapsulates a brutally honest depiction of life for the 1.4 million people working on the frontline of the NHS every day.

Discussion dates: 5th/12th/26th April 2022

May: Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon

In May, we will be discussing the well-known book ‘Breaking and Mending’ by Joanna Cannon, award-winning British doctor and author.

This book depicts a frank account of the mental health side of medicine as well as the more physical aspect of it. Cannon, a best-selling author of three other books, writes it based on her own experiences of working as a doctor on a psychiatric ward.

Starting medical school in her thirties, Cannon provides a unique insight into medical school and working as a junior doctor. She also beautifully shows readers the fact that is often forgotten or disregarded by the general public: that doctors too, under the stethoscope and white coat, are human.

Discussion dates: 10th/17th/24th May 2022

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Dr Emma Poynton-Smith

Dr Emma Poynton-Smith

Academic Foundation Year 2 Doctor in Nottingham

I studied Graduate Entry Medicine (previously did Psychology) in Nottingham. I am enthusiastic about all kinds of reading, both fiction and non-fiction, and love to get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, such as Medical Societies, research, knitting, swimming, and choir, as well as spending a lot of my free time baking!

Chief Mentor, Book Club Lead

Student Committee

Scholar

Feb – Aug 2022

Lucy Pringle

President

Feb – Aug 2022

Isabella Koren

Co-ordinator

Feb – Aug 2022

Kareena Cooper

Debate Lead

Feb – Aug 2022

Eseoghene Okitikpi

Engagement/Publicity Lead

Feb – Aug 2022

Areeba Ahmad

Widening Access Lead

Feb – Aug 2022

Abiodun Abidoye

Secretary/Engagement

Feb – Aug 2022

Hayley Gilfillan

Co-ordinator

Feb – Aug 2022

Zubaidha Mohamed

Debate Lead

Feb – Aug 2022

Zahra Manji

Engagement/Publicity Lead

Feb – Aug 2022

Conor McCann

Secretary

Feb – Aug 2022

Varnikha Sivasothy