We doctors spend countless hours in training and beyond with our bookworm brains buried in books. We read to develop a foundational knowledge of medicine, we read to stay apprised of the latest research in our respective fields, and we read line after line of computer-screen text as we review and update our patient’s medical records.
However, before our lives became overwhelmed with medicine, we used to read for fun. Books were an escape, allowing us to enter another world of fantasy. Reading was not a requirement, but a hobby, one where time escaped us as we turned the pages into the early hours of the morning. But somewhere along the way, life became more important, and the pile of books to read grew larger as our hobby was forgotten.
The time has come for us doctors to rekindle our past – to a time when we loved to read.
DoctorsBookClub is a book club for doctors – an out-of- hospital hobby.
Designed primarily for physicians but welcome to all, DoctorsBookClub is an online, blog and social-media based book club for doctors who love to read.
Every other month we will read a non-textbook which we hope will enrich us a doctors and as humans, and enhance and our practice of medicine. These books will have a medical theme or a message pertinent to our broader practice. We hope that by discussing the books together, we will collectively gain new insights that will help us in our work and with our patients.
How it Works:
The book we are currently reading will be listed here on doctorsbookclub.com
Over the last weekend of the month, we will discuss the book on Twitter with that month’s hashtag (e.g. #dbcJune)
Each day questions will be posted by guest moderators to lead the discussion with colleagues around the world.
Following the discussion we will post the Twitter conversation here as a Storify summary of the comments.