‘The Nocturnists’ Podcast!
As a burned out resident, hoping to reconnect with my own humanity and remind myself of the deep meaning present in my job, (and provide a platform for others to do the same), I started The Nocturnists, a live storytelling event for doctors and other health care workers, in January 2016. It started as a small gathering of forty people, and has grown into a full-fledged movement, drawing audiences as large as 360 people in the Bay Area.
Not a Bay Area resident? Good news! A few months ago, The Nocturnists launched a podcast, which features selected stories from the live events. The format of the show is as follows: a brief introduction, a story clip from the live event, and then an interview with the storyteller. It’s a great exploration of the complexity around being both a doctor and flawed human being. I am so excited to be bringing these powerful stories to a larger audience.
Here are some examples of episodes:
Episode 6: “Missing It”
Family medicine resident Milana Pebenito is distracted by the electronic medical record and her to-do list, and as a result, misses her patient’s death.
Episode 5: “That’s Ninja Doc To You”
Internal medicine resident (and now hospitalist) Meghan O’Brien runs into one of her homeless patients on the street on Halloween.
Episode 3: “Out Of The Way”
Hospitalist Ann Knapp isn’t sure what to do when her elderly patient with an implantable defibrillator tells her he wants the life-saving device shut off — today.