The Duke Department of Medicine book club, led by GIM faculty member, Laura Caputo, MD, has been gaining attention and attendance since it started back in January of 2015. They have been meeting every 2-3 months since then and they cover a wide range of topics. The club is also open to all Duke faculty, fellows, and residents.
“We choose a book, we read the book independently, and then we get together and have a group discussion,” explains Laura Caputo, MD, leader of the book club. “We run the gamut from non-fiction that were heavy reads, to fictional books that were just uplifting.”
The club also loves the chance to read and discuss books written by Duke authors. Last year the group read Black Man in a White Coat by Dr. Damon Tweedy, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke. Dr. Tweedy even attended the book club event. “We were able to do a question and answer session with him, which was really exciting!” says Caputo.
This year the club is changing the way that they are funded. “This year every event is going to be funded, or co-sponsored by an organization on campus,” says Caputo. And those organizations aren’t even all internal medicine based. “We’re looking forward to expanding our influences.”
The next book the club will cover is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and will be in late November. This event will be co-sponsored by the Neurology Program. Stay tuned for the official date, which will be coming soon.
If you have any question or would like to hear more about the book club, please contact Laura Caputo.