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.

ALiEM Bookclub: When Doctors Don’t Listen

When Doctors Don't Listen

“So what does this ideal medical care look like? The great Tip O’Neill, himself a Boston man, used to say, ‘All politics is local.’ We believe in its corollary, that all medicine is personal. The world of better medicine starts with the individual patient interacting with the individual doctor.”

-The October ALiEM Bookclub Selection:
When Doctors Don’t Listen1,
by Leana Wen and Joshua Kosowsky

 

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2017-07-31T14:49:05-07:00

ALiEM Bookclub: A History of Present Illness

louise-aronson-book-cover“Late that afternoon, Quentin jogged along the Crissy Field promenade without paying much attention to the dogs frolicking on the beach or the windsurfers leaning low on their boards off Fort Point. Since Ralph was on call and not coming home, he reheated leftover spaghetti for his dinner and curled up on their bed with a textbook to study the surgical management of hip fractures. He would have liked to read about the nonsurgical management of hip fractures as well or, more important, about how to approach patients who can’t talk, or what to do when you’ve made an inexcusable mistake, but his book didn’t have chapters on those topics.”

– A History of Present Illness [1], Louise Aronson

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2016-11-11T19:22:42-07:00

ALiEM Bookclub Review: David and Goliath

David vs. GoliathWhat is the essence of the underdog?  Are they truly disadvantaged?  Or occasionally, are they disruptors that provides them with a brilliant new perspective on things?  Therein lies the question central to Malcolm Gladwell’s latest New York Times Bestseller. This is the key concept behind the latest book by Malcolm Gladwell‘s book, David and Goliath [Amazon link], and the topic of this month’s ALiEM bookclub discussion.

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2018-01-30T02:27:43-07:00

ALiEM Bookclub: How We Die

518buQWOFZLDNR/DNI, Code Blue, Cardiac Arrest, Traumatic Brain Injury, Exsanguination, Septic Shock, Respiratory Arrest…  and the list goes on. As healthcare providers, we are well versed in the medical and emergency resuscitations that can spiral into these dangerous arenas. Even if we don’t always know the exact cause, we know the mantra of ABCs and we stick to it until the end. The very last end… But the end of what? Where is the dignity in resuscitating a body that has already died? Ultimately the question becomes, are we as practitioners as well versed in letting go, in letting the body die, and then ultimately explaining that process to the family?

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2016-11-07T09:37:40-07:00

ALiEM Bookclub: Drive – Synopsis and Discussion

Drive

Why do we do what we do?

This is the question at the heart of this month’s ALiEM Book Club selection. Drive 1 , by author Daniel Pink, discusses the history of motivational theory before provocatively making the case that we’re doing it wrong. He argues that having met our base desires (food, drink, sex), a reliance on extrinsic motivators (reward and punishment) will stifle intrinsic motivation and prevent us from functioning at our highest capacity. The three features described for optimizing intrinsic motivation are:

  • Autonomy: control over task (what we do), time (when we do it), team (who we do it with), and technique (how we do it)
  • Mastery: the desire to get better at what we do using a mindset of improvement and working through challenges of appropriate difficulty
  • Purpose: being part of a cause that is greater and more enduring than ourselves

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2016-11-11T19:19:19-07:00

ALiEM Bookclub Promo: Drive – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive

It was a few months into my simulation fellowship and I had been devoting a lot of my time to teaching at the medical school. I loved it. I find few things as fun as teaching students who are super motivated to learn. That got me thinking about why learning isn’t always that way. What is it about certain settings that foster a student’s passion to learn while others, that may be presenting the exact same content, cause the same group of students to grumble and disengage?

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2016-11-11T19:18:23-07:00