Wed, 5/19/21–Residency Book Club! The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Hello Everyone!

Happy Spring! We are so excited to announce that the UCSD IM Book Club is starting up again with the fabulous book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This non-fiction book tells the incredible story of Henrietta Lacks whose cervical cancer cells were the first to be grown in culture and are still being propagated today. These cells, known as HeLa cells by scientists, have been essential to many medical advancements from the polio vaccine to gene mapping. During the author’s research, she became close with Henrietta Lacks’ remaining family members uncovering an extraordinary history of human experimentation and medical ethics. Check out this link for a full review: https://bloom-obgyn.com/book-review-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-by-rebecca-skloot/

UCSD’s book club strives to encourage reading and foster rewarding discussions in a very laid-back setting. We invite anyone and everyone (including family and friends) to join us whether you have time to read the whole book or even just the first page! This book has also been made into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey, which is a great option to check out, if you aren’t able to pick up the book! The movie is available for streaming on HBO max.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30pm

Location: Mission Bay Park–2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. SD, CA 92109

Email Lizzy Hastie ehastie@health.ucsd.edu for more details!

We cannot wait to hang out and chat about this beautiful book with you soon!

Spring Book Club: Superbugs with the author Dr. Matt McCarthy

Tonight we had the great fortune of welcoming back Dr. Matt McCarthy for another book club at Dr. Charlie Goldberg’s house. He was last here in 2016 to discuss his book, “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year.” This time, we discussed his new release, “Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.” Dr. McCarthy is an infectious disease specialist, hospitalist, and ethics expert at NYU Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In his book he skillfully weaves together the history of antibiotics with vivid patient stories and his quest to execute his first clinical trial of a novel medication. Thanks to everybody who attended and made it such a lively discussion. Special thanks to Dr. Goldberg for again hosting us and happy birthday to Dr. Rifkin!

Book Club! “In Shock” by Dr. Rana Awdish

Last night we met at Dr. Goldberg’s House for our Spring book club. We had a good turnout and a great discussion of many topics surrounding humanism in medicine. For those of you who haven’t read the book, it is a great way to appreciate all the nuances of the patient experience and also to get a first-hand view of what it’s like to be a physician navigating a critical illness. Thanks to Drs. Goldberg, Rifkin, and Jassal for putting this on and to those who attended!

Save the Date: Winter Book Club, March 6th!

Hey! We’re about a month and a half away from the Winter Book club–that’s plenty of time to read our book, “In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope,” by Rana Awdish. It’s a memoir, written by a critical care attending, who suffers a devastating illness, bringing her near death. In a matter of hours, her life is turned upside down, an occupant of an ICU bed rather than standing at bedside. You can rent a copy at the San Diego Library or buy it on Amazon (paperback $12). It’s sure to be an engaging and though-provoking discussion. Please RSVP via our Evite too! Date: Wednesday March 6th, 6-9pm Location: Charlie Goldberg’s House (address in the Evite), food will be provided.