Welcome to the Medic Mentor Book Club! 

We meet via Zoom three times every month to discuss a medical book:

  1. First Thursday: Book themes and general reflection
  2. Second Thursday: Guest speaker related to book
  3. Third Thursday: Debate meeting (members participate)

Books are voted on and originate from our Reading List.

For more information on the book club, please feel free to email, or use this link to join and sign up to our mailing list and Slack channel.

We have separate resources for members below, which include recordings of previous meetings, reflection templates, and Zoom links for upcoming meetings.

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: the next round of applications will be June 2021.

Committee Applications are now open, as of 15th June 2021 (deadline 27th June)!

Please use the link below to apply to join our committee from July.

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).

Current Reading

July: 'Turtles All the Way Down'

Turtles All the Way Down explores a compelling and realistic representation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, offering insight into the brain and psychiatric conditions.

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Discussion date: Thursday 8th July

June: 'Do No Harm'

Do No Harm is neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s memoir, with a particular focus on his mistakes and regrets.

Marsh admits that he grew up privileged. He began his college career studying English, but quit school due to an unrequited love. He took a job working in a mining town hospital, an experience that inspired him to become a surgeon. He returned to Oxford to finish his degree and then attended the Royal Free Medical School in London, the only medical school at the time that did not require him to have any scientific qualifications.  

As a medical student, Marsh worked as a nursing assistant on the psycho-geriatric ward of a long term psychiatric hospital. There he saw many patients who had been given lobectomies at the hospital where he would later train. Lobectomies were an accepted method of treating severe mental disorders, but would often leave the patient worse off than they were before…

Discussion date: Thursday 3rd June

2021 Meetings

Date Description Topic
Thursday 3rd June Themes Discussion ‘Do No Harm’ by Henry Marsh
Thursday 10th June Guest Speaker Q&A with a Junior Doctor
Thursday 24th June Debate Meeting Debate Motion: ‘This house believes that the 14-day rule imposed on embryo research should be extended.’
Thursday 8th July Themes Discussion ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ by John Green
Thursday 15th July Guest Speaker TBC
Thursday 22nd July Debate Meeting  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.