How it Works

We have partnered with UCSF to create a virtual book club for UCSF alumni that will be reading books on health care and science ranging from the clinical experience to groundbreaking research. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Participation is free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months, so you'll have plenty of time for each book.

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Our May to July Selection:


Dopesick:

Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

by Beth Macy

Why Join?

There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1. Connect with Fellow UCSF alumni: Want another way to connect? Joining our book club will help you learn and grow with fellow alumni to help you improve your network.
2. Advance Your Career: A book club can enhance your career on two fronts. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas crucial to success like leadership, communication and productivity. Second, the network you'll be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next job.
3. Learn from the Expertise and Perspectives of Fellow Book Club Members: The UCSF Alumni Book Club will bring together health care professionals across disciplines to share their unique experiences. We expect our book selections will prompt engaging and dynamic discussions among participants.

The Books

Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We plan to start the group by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be medicine, lifelong learning, novels and other books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for UCSF alumni!

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the UCSF book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. UCSF is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for UCSF alumni. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we'll be happy to help.

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