The Nocturnists

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Caring for patients can be a transformative experience. On The Nocturnists, doctors share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. Based on the live storytelling event of the same name, and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, this podcast is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about mortality, human connection, and how best to care for each other.

Episode Date
#9: Too Important to Die

Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea.

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May 23, 2018
#8: Even the Morgue Has a Waitlist

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.

This week, you also have the opportunity to listen to Galen's story on Snap Judgment from WNYC. Also catch Emily on The Short Coat Podcast and House of Pod earlier this month. 

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May 09, 2018
#7: Missing It

The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract family medicine resident Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.

Apr 25, 2018
#6: That's Ninja Doc to You

Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.

Apr 11, 2018
#5: I am Enough

Grant Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.

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Mar 28, 2018
#4: Not Always Wonderful

In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.

Mar 07, 2018
#3: Out of the Way

Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die -- today.

Feb 21, 2018
#2: A Great Many Things More

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.

Feb 06, 2018
#1: Recognition

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.

Jan 25, 2018
'The Nocturnists' Teaser

The Nocturnists, hosted by Emily Silverman, debuts soon!

Dec 07, 2017