This Book Club series led by Dr. Nikita Joshi (@NJoshi8) and Dr. Jordana Haber (@JoJoHaber), introduces you to books that are pertinent to medical practice and the culture of medical education. Discussion will be held every other month. The goal is to share books, both nonfiction and fiction, medical and not, that can deepen our clinical practice and commitment to delivering great medical education to learners. Whether you are a physician, nurse, paramedic, or allied health care provider, we would love for you to join in on the discussion on this blog.

ALiEM Book Club: Beyond the ED Series

The ALiEM Book Club’s Beyond the ED Series headed by Dr. Taku Taira (@TakuTaira) is meant to be a way to share books that leaders within the medical community love and treasure without having the usual bookclub discussion associated with it. These books are sure to challenge and enrich the reader.

Suggestions

There are so many great books out there and not enough time to get to them. Please let us know if you come across any book that you feel would be worthwhile reading as a part of our book club!

Previous books

Date Book Author Book Discussion and Commentary
December 2016 Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations Dan Roam
November 20, 2016 Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All David and Tom Kelley Blog Link
October 16, 2016 On the Move: A Life Oliver Sacks Blog Link
August 14, 2016 A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back Kevin Hazzard Blog Link
June 10, 2016 The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age Robert Wachter Blog Link
May 13, 2016 Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg Blog Link
April 8, 2016 When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi Blog Link
March 12, 2016 Steal Like An Artist Austin Kleon Blog Link
February 12, 2016 Bouncebacks! Emergency Department Cases: ED Returns Michael B. Weinstock, Ryan Longstreth, Gregory L. Henry Blog Link
January 15, 2016 Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Svetlana Alexievich Blog Link
January 8, 2016 A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories John Murray Blog Link
November 17, 2015 Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine
Kenneth Ludmerer Blog Link
October 9, 2015 Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Sam Quinones Blog Link
August 14, 2015 The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide To Personal Finance And Investing
James M. Dahle Blog Link
July 10, 2015 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander Blog Link
June 12, 2015 How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking Jordan Ellenberg Blog Link
May 8, 2015 We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver Blog Link
April 10, 2015 The Art of Choosing Sheena Iyengar Blog Link
March 21, 2015 Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Atul Gawande Blog Link
February 13, 2015 The Emperor of all Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee Blog Link
January 16, 2015 Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Susannah Cahalan Blog Link
December 12, 2014 Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions Gerd Gigerenzer Blog Link
November 21, 2014 Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling Edgar Schein Blog Link
October 10, 2014 When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky Blog Link
September 19, 2014 A History of Present Illness: Stories Louise Aronson Blog Link
July 11, 2014 David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell Blog Link
May 12, 2014 How We Die Sherwin Nuland Blog Link
March 14, 2014 What Doctors Feel Danielle Ofri Blog Link
February 14, 2014 Drive Daniel Pink Blog Link
January 10, 2014 One Room School House Salman Khan Blog Link
December 13, 2013 Five Days at Memorial Sheri Fink Blog Link
Google Hangout on Air
November 8, 2013 Interpreter of Maladies – A short story “Temporary Matter”
Jhumpa Lahiri Blog Link
Podcast Wrap Up
October 11, 2013 The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work Shawn Achor Blog Link
Google Hangout on Air video
September 13, 2012 House of God Samuel Shem Blog Link
August 9, 2013 The Checklist Manifesto Atul Gawande Blog Link
Curated Commentary
July 19, 2013 Difficult Conversations
D Stone, B Patton, S Heen Blog Link
June 28, 2013 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot Blog Link

Past Book Club Leadership

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD)
Dr. Brent Thoma (@Brent_Thoma)

* Disclaimer: We have no affiliations financial or otherwise with the authors, the books, hyperlinks, videos or Amazon.

The Leader’s Library: Dare To Lead | Curated Summary of the Discussion

Dare to Lead summary | The Leader's Library - a professional development book clubIn April 2019, a group of intrepid readers embarked on an adventure together: the debut session of The Leader’s Library, ALiEM’s new career development book club. Learners and instructors from around the world read and discussed Dr. Brené Brown’s newest book, Dare to Lead, on a 5 day journey via Slack. Each day had its own theme (Rumbling with Vulnerability, Values, Empathy and Shame, Learning to Rise, and Toolkit), and the asynchronous discussion was robust. A day-by-day breakdown of our conversation, along with tangible takeaways and recommendations for further reading, is summarized below.

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The Leader’s Library | Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

dare to lead book

We proudly introduce ALiEM’s newest series, The Leader’s Library, with Dr. Brené Brown’s newest book, Dare to Lead!

Have you ever gotten to work with someone who just “got it?” Someone who inspires greatness in all people with whom s/he worked, seemingly effortlessly, all the while maintaining humility and approachability? What about the converse– have you ever worked with someone who just seems out of touch with the rest of the team, failing to unite the group under a common goal, leaving the team members feeling unheard and voiceless? Unfortunately, we’ve all probably worked more with folks from the latter category than the former, and this can lead us to believe that good leadership is a mysterious, innate quality that some people are lucky enough to have, while the rest of us are stuck bumbling through our days, just trying to avoid catastrophic mistakes.

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2019-04-13T18:12:31-07:00

TLDR Book Review: Switch – How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Chip and Dan Heath’s book, Switch, explains why change is so difficult and what we can do to make it easier. This little book is a must-read if you’ve ever met inexplicable resistance addressing issues as trivial as buying a new brand of coffee for the break room or as significant as enforcing the mandatory use of hand sanitizer. Is anyone actually in favor of spreading communicable diseases? Do the absence of San Francisco Hazelnut Morning Blend really warrant a call to the department chair? Why would people be so opposed to undeniably positive changes? The answer lies in understanding Riders, Elephants, and Paths. And here’s a spoiler alert: you’ll need a lot of mango.

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2019-04-04T21:20:44-07:00

TLDR Book Review: “make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning”

make it stickBookstore shelves and Amazon lists are filled with self-help titles that promise to make you a better manager, a better parent, or a better fishmonger. But most of them suffer from the same weakness: 2 pages of good practical advice is padded with 298 pages of filler.

Our new column TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) is a solution to what we call the McNugget Problem: trying to find the 5 bullet points of meaty goodness suspended within a mass of stale anecdotes, overcooked platitudes, and bad food analogies. Our TLDR goal is to find the critical take-aways in each book we review, and present them to you in a concise, easy-to-apply format. We read the books so you don’t have to!

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2018-08-20T20:13:14-07:00

ALiEM Book Club: Medical Apartheid

Rallies by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA and the subsequent milquetoast response from the White House shocked many Americans. These events invoked a national discussion about how many of our public monuments, built to celebrate triumphs and critical moments from our country’s past, can also exhibit appalling acts of malevolence and cruelty, treatment that today is unacceptable. Similarly, our understanding of medical history has evolved. While many of us are aware of particular atrocities, such as the Tuskegee study or the nonconsensual obtaining of Hela cells from Henrietta Lacks, these stories are by no means isolated, and there are times in our country’s history in which harm was bestowed upon vulnerable populations, especially African Americans. Medical Apartheid unveils the long history of medical experimentation performed on African Americans and highlights some of the origins of our country’s health disparities. We provide a synopsis and discuss the book in greater detail on the Google Hangout below.

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2018-02-20T18:50:55-07:00

ALiEM Book Club: And The Band Played On

With consistent, adequate treatment, people with HIV have a life expectancy and the band played onthat is nearly normal. However, because HIV often affects the most vulnerable people in our society, getting that consistent treatment remains a real and important challenge. 30 years after And the Band Played On was first published, HIV/AIDS is now often viewed as a chronic illness, rather than the terminal diagnosis it was in the 1980s. For those born after the first AIDS deaths occurred in the US, it can be hard to imagine the fear, denial, stigma, and confusion that accompanied the early AIDS epidemic. Randy Shilts’ And the Band Played On, is a classic work of investigative journalism that chronicles the response of the government, media, medical/scientific community, gay community, and society at large as the epidemic of AIDS unfolded. He portrays the prescient heroes that recognized the danger of AIDS early, but who also paid great personal and professional prices to confront the crises. Ultimately, the book shows the neglect of the early crisis by the government and the media, the battle within the gay community about the “appropriate” response to AIDS, and the apathy of society at large when AIDS was viewed as a “gay” disease.

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2017-07-29T01:12:05-07:00

ALiEM Book Club: The Tennis Partner

“Gripping… The Tennis Partner is a sincere and self-effacing book by a physician who well knows that there are things in the human heart that no electrocardiogram can detect.” – Times Literary Supplement

Abraham Verghese, a board-certified physician and a professor at Stanford University is a critically acclaimed, best-selling author. The Tennis Partner is an autobiographical memoir written by Verghese during a time of great turmoil in his life – an unraveling marriage while balancing a brand new attending position in El Paso, TX. He writes about his friendship with David Smith, a young Australian medical student that he meets. The book illuminates the intertwined worlds of of medicine and relationships, but above all else the capacity humans have towards each other in both a healing and hurtful manner.

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2017-04-20T16:00:14-07:00