The Nocturnists

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 May 1, 2019

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We are The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community. Since 2016, we’ve produced over a dozen live storytelling shows in the Bay Area and New York City, three seasons of our podcast, and two special audio diary series: "Stories from a Pandemic" and "Black Voices in Healthcare." Welcome to our community.

Episode Date
S5 E10: Ashley McMullen and Kimberly Manning On Black Voices in Healthcare
01:03:45

In this special hour-long episode, host Ashley McMullen and executive producer Kimberly Manning discuss the making of the series Black Voices in Healthcare.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal

Original music by Janae E.

If you'd like to support The Nocturnists, you can make a donation here or become a patron at Patreon. Thank you!

Sep 08, 2020
S5 E9: Black Voices in Healthcare: Birth
40:50

There is unspeakable anxiety that comes with bringing forth Black life in a world that takes Black lives with impunity. Our series began with a reflection on the death of George Floyd. We end our series with an episode about birth. Even in the midst of tragedy, somewhere, somehow, new life is beginning.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Aug 25, 2020
S5 E8: Black Voices in Healthcare: Touch
31:47

From the physical exams we conduct to diagnose disease, to the reassuring handshakes before a surgical procedure, human touch is absolutely fundamental to the work we do in healthcare.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Aug 18, 2020
S5 E7: Black Voices in Healthcare: Standout
35:02

Have you ever found yourself looking around in a meeting or a class only to realize that you are the only one? Standing out in the crowd can be hard, but it might just be your superpower.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Aug 11, 2020
S5 E6: Black Voices in Healthcare: Becoming
42:09

Some people move forward with a laser-focus.

Some bounce from chapter to chapter.

Others find themselves in unexpected places

Because of a chance opportunity

Or life circumstances

Or the words of a stranger

This week we hear about all the roads

You’ve have taken to become who YOU are.

And celebrate the folks

Who supported you along the way.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

 

Aug 04, 2020
S5 E5: Black Voices in Healthcare: Pandemic
42:26

Pandemics don’t just wreak havoc on bodies, they create shockwaves that, sooner or later,  touch every corner of our being.

This week we asked you all to tell us about your experience of COVID, not only in the setting of the clinic, but also in all the ways it has made itself felt in your life.

Featuring music "Heart Shaped Box" by Amber Mark (covering Nirvana).

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

 

Jul 28, 2020
S5 E4: Black Voices in Healthcare: Hair
33:08

The story of our Black hair speaks volumes about our lives. So much love and care is wrapped up in our curls. Alongside so much vulnerability and pain. This episode tells your stories.

Featuring music inspired by “I am not my hair" by India.Arie.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Jul 21, 2020
S5 E3: Black Voices in Healthcare: Home
29:11

As healthcare providers most of us have had to leave our home states to go wherever our profession takes us. Home can be complicated. This week we asked y’all to reflect on what home means to you. Is it a place? Is it a feeling? Is it people? Is it food? This week you will hear stories from across the US: from California to Pennsylvania, and from Washington to Minnesota.

Featuring the song “Home” from the Wiz, written by Charlie Smalls.

Jul 14, 2020
S5 E2: Black Voices in Healthcare: Joy
31:53

The legacy of anti-Blackness runs deep, but we are so much more than Black pain. We are strong, we are creative, we are exuberant, and we are doing great things. After taking a moment to honor our collective grief in last week’s episode, this week we wanted to focus on what makes us come alive.

This series is brought to you by the California Medical Association and the California Health Care Foundation.

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Jul 07, 2020
S5 E1: Black Voices in Healthcare: Again
34:31

There is so much to explore about what it means to be Black in healthcare, but for our first episode we wanted to take a moment to sit with the grief of the event that set this whole project into motion: the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis.  

Learn more on our website.

Illustrations by Ashley Floreal.

Original music by Janae E.

Jun 30, 2020
S4 E10: Stories from a Pandemic: Mourning
30:02

How does the COVID-19 pandemic end? Does it end in a bang, or just fizzle out? What we know for sure is that this story is far from over.

In today’s episode you will hear from a pediatric hospitalist, a laboratory scientist, a pulmonologist, a hospitalist, a trauma nurse, an ob/gyn, and an internal medicine resident, from across California and the Midwest, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.

Featuring Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Jun 09, 2020
From the Nocturnists
01:03
Jun 02, 2020
S4 E9: Stories from a Pandemic: Bad Trip
29:28

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 26, 2020
S4 E8: Stories from a Pandemic: Insomnia
31:41

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 California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. 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 19, 2020
S4 E7: Stories from a Pandemic: Exhale
30:51

We’ve been holding our breath for weeks now, waiting to turn some corner. While it’s still unclear what the future holds, this week we invite you to exhale, celebrate small wins, and prepare for whatever comes next. You’ll hear voices from North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, Oklahoma, Colorado, and California, including those of a radiologist, a family practice doctor, an infectious disease researcher, meds-peds and internal medicine doctors, a neuroimmunology fellow, and a fourth year medical student.

May 12, 2020
S4 E6: Stories from a Pandemic: Sick
29:38

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.

May 05, 2020
S4 E5: Stories from a Pandemic: Helpless
26:27

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.

Apr 28, 2020
S4 E4: Stories from a Pandemic: Air
30:53

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.

Apr 21, 2020
S4 E3: Stories from a Pandemic: Virus
29:02

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.

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.

Apr 14, 2020
S4 E2: Stories from a Pandemic: Arrival
31:09

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.

Apr 07, 2020
S4 E1: Stories from a Pandemic: New World
31:17

In this first episode of our special podcast series, healthcare workers reflect on the imminent patient surge that we have all been bracing for across the United States. It is the calm before the storm.

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.

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.

Mar 31, 2020
S3 E7: Bleeding Out
38:36

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.

Mar 24, 2020
S3 E6: Cleaning Up
37:57

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.

Mar 17, 2020
S3 E5: Beyond the ABC's
27:49

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, an organization that has investigated the impact of stress, divided attention, and cognitive load on clinicians, and published data on how it affects communication and emotional wellbeing. Learn more about their work here and here.

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...

Mar 10, 2020
S3 E4: The Art of the Block
31:05

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 an organization that has investigated the impact of stress, divided attention, and cognitive load on clinicians, and published data on how it affects communication and emotional wellbeing. 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.

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.

Mar 02, 2020
S3 E3: Love in the Time of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
26:27

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

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Feb 24, 2020
S3 E2: Rhino Rocket
27:51

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. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Feb 18, 2020
S3 E1: Code Lavender
32:33

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.

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.

Feb 11, 2020
Season 3 Trailer
01:20

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

We invite you to support our work with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Feb 04, 2020
Special Episode 5: Louise Aronson, MD
34:27

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.

This episode was recorded at The Betabrand Store in San Francisco and produced by our new podcast producer Liza Veale.

Follow Louise on Twitter @louisearonson.

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.

 

Oct 30, 2019
Special Episode 4: BJ Miller, MD & Shoshana Berger
32:51

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. The readings are followed by a conversation with Emily about the inspirations behind their new book, the challenging nature of the dying process, and the importance of preparing for our final days. 

Follow Shoshana and BJ on Twitter @shoshanaberger and @bjmillermd. 

This episode was guest produced by Diantha Parker with editing support from Assistant Producer Kirk Klocke.

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.

Sep 26, 2019
Special Episode 3: Matt McCarthy, MD
31:15

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 discuss the history of physicians committing crimes under the guise of medical research, including the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment that victimized black men in Alabama, as well as the experiments conducted by the Nazis on concentration camp prisoners during World War II.

Follow Matt on Twitter @DrMattMcCarthy.

This episode was guest produced by Diantha Parker with editing support from Assistant Producer Kirk Klocke.

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.

Sep 19, 2019
Special Episode 2: Learning
03:58

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!

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

Music comes from Blue Dot Sessions.

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Jun 18, 2019
Special Episode 1: Lucy Kalanithi, MD
40:49

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. Follow Lucy on Twitter @rocketgirlMD.

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.

This conversation includes mentions of: Dr. Rita Charon's 2018 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, Diane E. Meier's essay "'I Don't Want Jenny To Think I'm Abandoning Her': Views on Overtreatment", Ady Barkan's essay "I'm Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity," and William Lychack's essay "The Ghostwriter."

Illustrations by Lindsay Mound.

This episode's 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.

Jun 13, 2019
S2 E10: The River Styx
37:20

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 here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 28, 2019
S2 E9: Dead To Me
33:33

Physician Maureen Miller describes how perusing a dusty box of autopsy reports from 1897 helped her embrace her new professional future as a pathologist.

Learn more about Maureen's work here. She also recommends reading The Misfit, featuring one of her favorite writers David Milch. For reference, the Conan and Colbert interviews are here and here.

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.

May 21, 2019
S2 E8: All That Jazz
29:32

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 here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 14, 2019
S2 E7: Good Doctor
30:55

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. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

May 07, 2019
S2 E6: Dying to Tchaikovsky
32:32

Family medicine physician Catherine Forest listens to her one of her classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital.

According to the internet, the most relaxing song in the world is Weightless by Marconi Union.

To learn more about music and the brain, check out the book 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.

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.

Apr 30, 2019
S2 E5: Welcome to Vietnam
35:41

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. To learn more about the Vietnam War, Bill recommends reading the book Dispatches, by Michael Herr.

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.

Apr 23, 2019
S2 E4: Enjoy Your Life
33:34

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. You can find the poem "Intensive Care" by Jane O. Wayne here

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.

Apr 16, 2019
S2 E3: A Form of Love
36:00

Hospitalist Peter Barish recounts an intense, intimate moment with a patient.

Learn more about Ladybird here.

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.

Apr 09, 2019
S2 E2: Compassionate Release
37:13

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.

Learn more about the U.S. criminal justice system on the ACLU's 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

We invite you to support us with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

Apr 02, 2019
S2 E1: The Lazarus Effect
33:48

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.

Check out our website at thenocturnists.com

We invite you to support our work with a donation here. You can also make small, recurring donations through our Patreon page.

For more about emergency medicine, visit The EM Over Easy Podcast.

Mar 26, 2019
Season 2 Trailer
01:24

Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, launches on Tuesday, March 26th.

Illustration by Lindsay Mound (https://lindsaymound.com/).

Original theme music by Yosef Munro (http://munro.media/).

Mar 12, 2019
S1 E9: Too Important to Die
36:30

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

May 23, 2018
S1 E8: Even the Morgue Has a Waitlist
30:08

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. 

As we prepare to bring you Season 2, we'd love to hear your feedback. Please send us a note at www.thenocturnists.com

May 09, 2018
S1 E7: Missing It
30:02

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
S1 E6: That's Ninja Doc to You
32:44

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

Apr 11, 2018
S1 E5: I Am Enough
23:15

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

Learn more at thenocturnists.com

Mar 28, 2018
S1 E4: Not Always Wonderful
34:31

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
S1 E3: Out of the Way
29:23

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
S1 E2: A Great Many Things More
29:44

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
S1 E1: Recognition
29:29

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
Season 1 Trailer
02:59

The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, debuts soon!

Dec 07, 2017