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Real Life Film Series: Doctor Diaries

Movie posters that are screening during this years Real Life Film Series.



Health and Wellness Library, Gateway Building
1200 E. Marshall St., Richmond, Va. 23219


Students, faculty, staff and health professionals are invited to screenings of engaging documentaries on health science topics followed by discussions about how the subject matter relates to current work at VCU and impacts global health. Speakers with expertise in the film's topic lead the group in lively discussion about the science and issues explored in the film. 

The series is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the 8th Street parking deck. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please contact Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator, at or (804) 828-0017.


Give Me a Shot of Anything
Sept. 17, 5–7 p.m.
Larrick Student Center
Court End Ballroom 
Follow a street doctor and his team as they make house calls to the homeless, offering their patients hope and a chance to feel whole again.

A buffet-style dinner will be provided, first come, first served.

This event is held in conjunction with the VCU Common Book program. The 2019–20 common book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, follows eight families in Milwaukee struggling to keep their homes and explores a larger eviction crisis happening nationwide.

The Bleeding Edge
Oct. 15, 12:10–1 p.m.
Tompkins-McCaw Library
Lecture Room 2-010
Look at the unforeseen consequences of advanced technological devices used in the medical field.

Doctor Diaries
Nov. 12, 12:10–1 p.m.
Health and Wellness Library
Gateway Building
Follow seven doctors on their journey starting at Harvard Medical School in 1987 to where they are now.
Register for this Nov. 12 event.

The Power to Heal
Feb. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Larrick Student Center
Court End Ballroom
A poignant look at the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to health care for all Americans.
Register for this Feb.13 event.

March 19, 12:10–1 p.m.
Tompkins-McCaw Library
Lecture Room 2-010
A patient agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence despite grave risks.
Register for this March 19 event.

Merchants of Doubt
April 14, 12:10–1 p.m.
Health and Wellness Library
Gateway Building
Look at the pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.
Register for this April 14 event.

Films are from VCU Libraries' holdings and may be checked out for personal or class use at Tompkins-McCaw Library, 509 N. 12th St. Some films can be streamed through VCU Libraries' Kanopy database.


This series is presented by VCU Libraries and University Student Commons and Activities.

Image: Real Life Film Series 2019–20 montage, by Emily Kundrot.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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