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June 18, 2019
In this special episode, we share a tapestry of voices that we stitched together from the 38 audio submissions we received for our first storytelling contest on the theme of "Learning." The entries came from 28 institutions, 14 states, and 3 countries. We plan to announce the contest winner before the end of the month. Thank you to all who submitted!
June 13, 2019
In this special episode, Emily sits down with internist and thought leader Lucy Kalanithi to discuss her late husband's book When Breath Becomes Air, and topics diverse as as illness and identity, prognosis and uncertainty, love and suffering, and the importance of community. This episode was recorded live at the UCSF School of Medicine's AOA Gold-Headed Cane Lecture. Emily and Lucy were introduced by UCSF medical student Tara Benesch.
May 28, 2019
After hearing a mentor make an inappropriate joke, medical student Jenny Tiskus grapples with humor’s place in the world of medicine. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.
May 21, 2019
Physician Maureen Miller describes how a dusty box of autopsy reports from 1897 helped her embrace her new professional future as a pathologist. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.
May 14, 2019
Psychiatrist Matthew Hirschtritt turns to lessons from his Jewish upbringing when caring for a patient with severe refractory depression. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com. We invite you to support us with a donation. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.
May 7, 2019
Hospitalist Archna Eniasivam describes the time she made a diagnostic error with one of her favorite patients. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.  We invite you to support us with a donation here. For more content, we recommend some of our favorite medical podcasts, The Curbsiders, The Clinical Problem Solvers, and Core IM.
April 30, 2019
Family medicine physician Catherine Forest listens to her one of her classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital. To learn more about music and the brain, check out Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks. For more of Catherine's work, check out this essay in Vox.  Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.
April 23, 2019
82-year-old retired trauma surgeon Bill Meffert, who cared for wounded soldiers in Vietnam, reflects on that bloody experience and the words of a priest who worked beside him.  You can read more about Bill and his novel, A Long Way From Home, on his website. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
April 16, 2019
When caring for a young woman with a new brain cancer diagnosis, medicine resident Colleen Farrell comes to grips with her own mortality. Books referenced include Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon. Check out the poem "Intensive Care" by Jane O. Wayne. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
April 9, 2019
Hospitalist Peter Barish recounts an intense, intimate moment with a patient. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.  We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.
April 2, 2019
Michele DiTomas, a hospice physician who cares for incarcerated men, races against the clock and slashes through bureaucratic tape to help a dying man go home. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.  We invite you to support us with a donation. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.
March 26, 2019
Emergency medicine physician Joe Sills panics when the patient he has just pronounced dead regains a pulse. The article mentioned in our conversation, "What Does It Mean to Die?" can be found in The New Yorker. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.
March 12, 2019
Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, launches on Tuesday, March 26th.
May 23, 2018
Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea. Find out about our events and more at www.thenocturnists.com Hosted by Emily Silverman Produced by Marina Poole Executive Produced by Ali Block Special thanks to Selene Ross.
May 9, 2018
Hospital administrator Galen Laserson recounts the time she got an unexpected call in the middle of the night, which prompted her to learn all about the hospital's underbelly and the logistics of death.
April 25, 2018
The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.
April 11, 2018
Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.
March 28, 2018
Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.
March 7, 2018
In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.
February 21, 2018
Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die -- today.
February 6, 2018
Sirisha Narayana, a hospital medicine physician, discusses her strong identity as a physician, and how it collided with her other identities, until one of her interns made a simple observation in the hospital.
January 25, 2018
Ben Lerman, an emergency medicine physician, describes how his ability to empathize with his patients deteriorated throughout his medical training, and how a chance encounter with a patient outside the hospital helped set him back on track. Special thanks to Leon Morimoto.
December 7, 2017
The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, debuts soon!
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