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 the previous month and originate from our Reading List.

For more information on the book club, please 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 at the top of the page.

The Medic Mentor Book Club is run by our committee, which changes every 6 months: the next round of applications will be June 2021.

Current Reading

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

October: 'Better'

Better by Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable. Gawande’s gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing. And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. .  

Discussion dates: Thursday 7th/14th/21st October

November: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

The Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks is a classic medical/psychology book aimed to be accessible to all. Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities, and yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents. If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales illuminate what it means to be human. 

Discussion dates: 4th/11th/18th November

If you’re interested in medical reading, please feel free to join the Book Club here: it can take a week or two for you to be added to the mailing list, but in the meantime you can explore our past meetings in the Members’ Area!

Any further questions may be addressed in the FAQs, or feel free to email us!