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Donovan Gray said while being a doctor is serious business, a lot of funny things can happen on the job too.

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Donovan Gray is a busy man. He’s a father, doctor and, more recently, a published author.


Gray is leading a talk called Laughter is the Best Medicine at the Westwood Library (66 Allard Ave.) on Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. and at the Millennium Library (251 Donald St.) on Aug. 22 at noon.

The talk will centre around Gray’s book, Dude, Where’s My Stethoscope? and Other Stories from the ER. The book was published in December 2012, and it has remained on McNally Robinson’s bestsellers list for the past 17 weeks.

"The initial run was 1,500 books and they sold out," Gray said.

Gray said his book chronicles his life from pre-medical school, through med school, into practice in the emergency room and in the office, with humourous anecdotes and parenting adventures sprinkled throughout.

Gray worked in family medicine for three years at Misericordia Health Centre before working in northern Ontario for 13 years — where he also got married and had three daughters.

"The stories are mostly humourous," Gray said with a smile.

Gray admitted that being a doctor was not his first career choice. In fact, he had wanted to pursue a writing career with an English degree. His book is a combination of both of his interests.

Gray wrote the stories as individual short stories for the past 15 years.

"I like short stories. I like condensing ideas down to small pieces," Gray said.

Eventually, his short stories accumulated into a "whack load of stories", so Gray created the book.

Although his book and upcoming talks are of a medical nature, Gray insists that anyone is welcome to listen, not just aspiring doctors. However, Gray will not turn down anyone who does have health questions.

"Anyone interested in health care, humour, the state of medical affairs in Winnipeg and in rural areas," Gray outlined. "There’s no real objective."

Based on his previous speaking engagements, Gray estimates that his talk will take about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how many questions he receives from the audience.

The most common question Gray gets asked at his talks is, "how do you find the time to do ER work and write a book?"

"I have to squirrel the time when I can," Gray chuckled.

To attend the Westwood Library talk, call 204-986-4742 to register as there is limited seating.  Registration is not required to attend the Millennium Library talk. For more information about Gray and his book, visit dudewheresmystethoscope.ca

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