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May 26, 2020
It takes surprisingly little for the human psyche to come undone. We know that the virus can’t survive when we isolate ourselves, the question is, can we survive the isolation? Today’s voices include an ER nurse, a medical student, a geriatrician, a maternal and fetal medicine fellow, a vaccine trial subject, a primary care doctor, a pediatrics medical resident, as well as some unexpected voices. This episode features Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky).
May 19, 2020
Over the past few weeks, there have been so many news articles about healthcare workers as heroes, or soldiers fighting the battle of coronavirus. For some people this language may ring true, but for others, this metaphor feels wrong. Who gets to tell this story? And how? This week you’ll hear voices from diarists based in CA, NY, NJ, MD, and PA. They include a geriatrician, a pediatric and an adult emergency physicians, an ER nurse, a hospitalist and historian of medicine, and two medical students.
May 12, 2020
We’ve all been holding our breath for weeks now, waiting to turn some corner. While it’s still unclear what exactly the future holds, this week we invite you to exhale, take stock of small wins, and prepare for whatever comes next. This weeks voices come from North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, Oklahoma, Colorado, and California. They include a radiologist, a family practice doctor, an infectious disease researcher, meds-peds and IM doctors, a neuroimmunology fellow, and a fourth year medical student.
May 5, 2020
This week tackles what it means to be sick. You’ll hear from diarists from Michigan, Maryland, Ontario/Canada, Massachusetts, and California. You will hear from a meds/peds resident, a neuroimmunology fellow, a MICU nurse, two internal medicine residents, a primary care doctor, and an ob/gyn.
April 28, 2020
What is it like to be a healthcare worker forced to stand on the sidelines during a global pandemic? This week, you’ll hear from diarists from California, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, and New York, including a primary care doctor, a travel nurse, a speech language pathologist, a pediatrician, an endocrinologist, and critical care doctor. Featuring the song Helpless by Neil Young.
April 21, 2020
This week, we continue with audio diaries from healthcare workers around the country discussing ventilator hacks, breathing tubes, search and rescue, and ministries of presence. You will hear from diarists in New York, Colorado, Maryland, Indiana, Atlanta, and California, who include a family physician, a nurse practitioner, a veterinarian, a medical student, a couple of interns, and a hospital chaplain. Featuring a heartfelt rendition of Bill Withers’ Lean on Me.
April 14, 2020
In the third episode of our special podcast series on COVID19, you will hear voices of a MICU nurse in San Francisco, an internal medicine resident in New York City, an internal medicine resident in Montreal, Canada, a neonatology fellow in Pennsylvania, a geriatrician in California, a participant in a study of a candidate vaccine, an anonymous health care provider, and a medical student in New York City. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.
April 7, 2020
In this episode of The Nocturnists: Stories from a Pandemic, you will hear diary entries from healthcare workers from New York, California, Massachusetts, and Indiana, all grappling with the first of the COVID case arrivals in their institutions. You will hear the voices of an internist, a pulmonologist, an emergency medicine intern, a clinical laboratory scientist, and a recently graduated medical student.
March 31, 2020
In this first episode of our special podcast series, healthcare workers reflect on the imminent COVID patient surge. You will hear the voices of a trauma nurse in San Francisco, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor in New York City, a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) truck driver in the Southern US, a neonatologist in Pennsylvania, a neurosurgery resident in Los Angeles, an emergency medicine physician in Arizona, and an internal medicine resident in New York City. Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.
March 24, 2020
Rasha Khoury takes us inside a Doctors Without Borders hospital. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org 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.
March 17, 2020
Social worker Emmeline Sun has to betray the trust of a client in order to care for him. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org 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.
March 10, 2020
On Jeremy Topin's first call night in the ICU, his checklist was not enough. This episode was made possible by Vocera Communication’s Experience Innovation Network. Learn more about their work here https://www.vocera.com/experience-innovation-network. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
March 2, 2020
Hospitalist Abhi Kole tells a story about the ethics — and the art — of blocking patients. This episode was made possible by Vocera Communication’s Experience Innovation Network. Learn more at https://www.vocera.com/experience-innovation-network This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
February 24, 2020
Internal medicine resident Elie Adler tells a story about loving someone with a chronic illness, how that relationship changed when she became a doctor, and how being a doctor affects her relationship. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Other music comes from Blue Dot Sessions. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
February 18, 2020
Otolaryngologist Tina Munjal tells a story about learning to be comfortable outside of her comfort zone. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org 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.
February 11, 2020
Pediatric hospitalist Monica Stemmle tells a story about her imperfect strategies for coping with feelings on the job. Warning: this story depicts sick and injured children This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org Illustrations by Lindsay Mound. Original theme music by Yosef Munro. Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
February 4, 2020
Season 3 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, will be coming soon to your feed. This season of The Nocturnists was made possible by the California Medical Association. Learn more at cmadocs.org. Illustration by Lindsay Mound (https://lindsaymound.com/). Original theme music by Yosef Munro (http://munro.media/). Check out our website at thenocturnists.com.
October 30, 2019
In this live podcast taping, Emily speaks with UCSF geriatrician and author Louise Aronson about her New York Times best selling Book, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. Louise opens the episode with a reading from her book. Emily follows with questions about the inspiration behind Elderhood, biases in medicine that impact geriatric care, and ways to reframe our prespectives on aging.
September 26, 2019
In this special episode, Emily sits down with palliative care doctor BJ Miller and IDEO's Global Editorial Director Shoshana Berger to talk about their new book, "A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death." First, BJ and Shoshana read excerpts from the book about their individual stories. Following the readings, Emily and the two guests discuss the inspirations behind the book, the dying process, and the importance of preparing for our final days.
September 19, 2019
In this special episode, Emily sits down with physician Matt McCarthy, a infectious disease specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital who researches drug-resistant microbes, to talk about his latest book, Superbugs. First, we have Matt reading an excerpt from his book. Then, Matt and Emily talk about the practical, ethical, and emotional aspects of his work, and what the future of antibiotics may look like. Follow Matt on Twitter @DrMattMcCarthy.
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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