115 episodes

The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize the practice of medicine, support clinician wellbeing, and transform the healthcare system. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

The Nocturnists The Nocturnists

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 453 Ratings

The Nocturnists is an award-winning, independent medical storytelling podcast, hosted by Emily Silverman, MD. We share stories that aim to humanize the practice of medicine, support clinician wellbeing, and transform the healthcare system. Each episode brings the humanity of healthcare workers to the fore, from stories told at The Nocturnists live shows, to raw audio diary recordings in our special documentary series, to insightful conversations with authors and filmmakers whose work intersects with health and medicine. Welcome to our community.

    Giving Tuesday Gratitude & 2023 Preview

    Giving Tuesday Gratitude & 2023 Preview

    Hi Listeners! Today is Giving Tuesday, and we wanted to take this time to express our gratitude and let you know what’s coming up on The Nocturnists podcast. Thank you for supporting our work in transforming medical culture through storytelling. 
    To learn more, head to thenocturnists.com.

    • 2 min
    Shame in Medicine: 10. Until We Meet Again

    Shame in Medicine: 10. Until We Meet Again

    Over the last nine episodes, we’ve listened to dozens upon dozens of clinicians tell their stories about shame. What have we learned? What can we take away from all of this? And where do we go from here?
    Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

    • 35 min
    Shame in Medicine: 9. The Unwell Doctor

    Shame in Medicine: 9. The Unwell Doctor

    According to medical culture, a clinician should “fix” illness, not have one – especially not a mental illness. But in reality, mental illness is incredibly common, and a huge source of shame, which may prevent us from seeking help. In this episode, we hear stories of sadness, “madness,” stigma, grief, and the potential for healing.
    If you or someone you love needs help, please see our list of “resources” in the episode show notes at thenocturnists-shame.org where you can find free, confidential support. And, as always, please take good care of yourself, whatever that may mean for you.

    • 32 min
    Shame in Medicine: 8. In Hiding

    Shame in Medicine: 8. In Hiding

    When healthcare workers put on their uniforms to go to work, what other roles, masks, or disguises do they put on as well? The norms and standards of our workplace culture are often more implicit than explicit, but many of us still go to great lengths to present a curated version of self at work that fits into this unspoken code of conduct. The right mask, we tell ourselves, will win the respect and trust of our colleagues and protect us from painful judgments and feelings of alienation. But what are the side effects of hiding parts of ourselves at work? And what about the parts of ourselves that remain exposed?
    Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

    • 33 min
    Shame in Medicine: 7. On Trial

    Shame in Medicine: 7. On Trial

    1 in 10 physicians will get sued at some point in their career – but physicians rarely discuss this, much less prepare for it. How do we bring litigation, and all the stress and shame associated with it, out of the shadows?
    Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

    • 41 min
    Shame in Medicine: 6. The Mistake

    Shame in Medicine: 6. The Mistake

    For most clinicians, the idea of harming a patient is a worst nightmare. But in a high-stakes profession, practiced by humans in a dysfunctional system, errors are nearly inevitable. So how do we deal with the shame that follows?
    Find show notes, discussion guide, transcript, and more at thenocturnists-shame.org.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
453 Ratings

453 Ratings

Atlas Gross ,

We are together

Frequently shows and podcasts on medicine are touching, wonderful and sometimes heart-breaking. The Nocturnist does this profoundly well and shows us the best parts of humanity. But for those of us in healthcare, what is particularly powerful about the Nocturnist is how it illuminates the challenges that we as healthcare providers struggle with. Hearing these stories feels good because it reminds me “I am not alone”.

Kylee09E ,

One of my absolute favorite podcasts!

I’ve been listening to the podcast since season one, prior to my starting PA school. Now as a new grad about to begin my career, I plan to carry all of the invaluable lessons/stories I’ve learned from The Nocturnist with me into every patient encounter. I often go back and re-listen to my favorite episodes as they remind me of the big reasons why I pursued this lifelong journey of being a medical provider. I recommend this show to all of my fellow PAs whenever I get the chance!

Tolkienlover ,

Medical NPR?

This show reminds me of a medical NPR, including the left leaning political perspective. When it is not political, it is great.

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