Welcome to the Medic Mentor Book Club! 

We meet several times a month to discuss a medically-themed book via Zoom.

Books are voted on and originate from our Reading List.

For more information on the book club, please feel free to email, or use the link below to sign up to our mailing list. We also have an active Slack channel!

Book Club Members

Recommended Books

Committee Members

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 join the Book Club using the link on the right!

The Medic Mentor Book Club is run by our committee, which changes every 6 months: applications for January 2021 are now closed, and the new committee will be announced shortly!

Members’ Area

Previous meeting recordings and this month’s Zoom links are accessible to Book Club Members only.

To access, please use the password found in the footer of all Book Club emails (and in your confirmation message on sign up).


Competition winners will be announced shortly both in this month’s meetings and via email.

Current Reading

Have a say in the next book by attending the discussion at the start of each month!

March: 'Breathtaking'

How does it feel to confront a pandemic from the inside, one patient at a time? To bridge the gulf between a perilously unwell patient in quarantine and their distraught family outside? To be uncertain whether the protective equipment you wear fits the science or the size of the government stockpile? To strive your utmost to maintain your humanity even while barricaded behind visors and masks?

Rachel is a palliative care doctor who looked after the most gravely unwell patients on the Covid-19 wards of her hospital. Amid the tensions, fatigue and rising death toll, she witnessed the courage of patients and NHS staff alike in conditions of unprecedented adversity. For all the bleakness and fear, she found that moments that could stop you in your tracks abounded. People who rose to their best, upon facing the worst, as a microbe laid waste to the population.

Discussion date: Thursday 4th March

April: 'Bad Science'

Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of Bad Science. When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an ‘Aqua Detox’ footbath, releasing her toxins into the water, turning it brown, he thought he’d try the same at home. ‘Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’, using his girlfriend’s Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: ‘before my very eyes, the world’s first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend’s immorality.’ Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the Bad Science column in the Guardian. His book is about all the ‘bad science’ we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own ‘bad science’ moments from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word ‘visibly’ in cosmetics ads.

                     Discussion date: Thursday 8th April

2021 Meetings

Date Description Topic
Thursday 4th March Book Discussion ‘Breathtaking’ by Rachel Clarke
Thursday 11th March Guest Speaker Q&A with consultant psychiatrist, Dr Keerthi Sundar
Thursday 18th March Debate Meeting 

“This house believes that to be a policy maker in healthcare, one must be an expert in the field of health.”

Thursday 8th April Book Discussion ‘Bad Science’ by Ben Goldacre
Thursday 15th April Guest Speaker Q&A with a guest speaker
Thursday 22nd April Debate Meeting Opportunity for members to get involved – motion TBC
Previous meetings
Previous meeting recordings (and this month’s Zoom links) are accessible to Book Club Members only using the emailed password here.