52 books a year. 1 book a week. Did you know that if you read for 45 minutes a day, you could finish 52 books a year? That is assuming that you read at an average pace and are reading an average size book. So give or take a few depending on those variables. But imagine how much you could learn and grow if you read 52 books a year. Reading is very important for a medical student. We read basically all day long, every day. Patient charts, journal articles, practice questions, forums that stress us out, blogs for inspiration. It’s a lot of medical reading. But I believe that reading outside of medicine will make you a better doctor.
The cool thing about books is that you can absorb knowledge from an expert on that subject in just about a week! Obviously, this won’t make you an expert, but if you like that subject then you can go buy more books on it. We don’t really think about taking the time to read non-medical books because we are so swamped with med school life. But 45 min a day is definitely doable. You could even do 20 min a day and finish a book every 2 weeks.
Hearing those numbers definitely gives me the motivation to keep reading. I thought it would be important to share here! Knowledge is power and reading is the path.