Book Series: Tips for Improved Time Management


In the last installment of this series, Babar K. Rao, MD, recommended Getting Things Done by David Allen to help improve your productivity and time management. This week, Doris Day, MD, who practices in New York, recommends The Checklist Manifesto to help you keep your life on track.


“I’ve always lived by the checklist and this book helped reinforce and redefine the need to have checklists in place as you build and grow your office. It will keep your patients safe, improve efficiency, and enhance overall patient care and office functioning,” she said.

In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, describes how implementing checklists can improve various fields, including medicine. He outlines the history of checklists and explains the way checklists in construction and aviation ensure all important tasks are completed for maximum safety and efficiency. In addition, The Checklist Manifesto illustrates how a safe surgery checklist developed by Dr Gawande and his team for the World Health Organization improved outcomes and became the standard of care in more than 20 countries.


The Checklist Manifesto was on the bestseller list of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle. Dr Gawande is a general and endocrine surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Samuel O. Their Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

First published in 2009 by Metropolitan Books, The Checklist Manifesto was reprinted in 2011 and is available on Amazon or on Macmillan’s website under its imprint, Picador Press.

Do you have a book recommendation for dermatologists? Email

For the first edition of this series, visit Dermatologists Reveal Must-Read Books Part 1.