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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.

The Nocturnists The Nocturnists

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 393 Ratings

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.

    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Suzanne Koven

    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Suzanne Koven

    Emily talks to Dr. Suzanne Koven, author of Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life. Dr. Koven graduated from medical school in the 80s at a time when there were so few women in her residency program that she had to write up her own maternity leave policy. Her memoir is a testament to how, while some things have changed for the better for women in medical education, much of the culture remains the same.
    Dr. Suzanne Koven is a primary care physician and the inaugural Writer in Residence at Massachusetts General Hospital. 
    Hosted by Emily Silverman.
    Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.
    Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.
    Recorded in San Francisco by audio engineer Jon Oliver and at Ugly Duck Studios in Brighton by Ian Bouslough.
    Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.
    This episode of The Nocturnists is sponsored by Fabled.
    The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

    • 42 min
    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Ina Park

    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Ina Park

    As much as our culture delights in talking about sex, we do not relish discussing the sexually transmitted diseases which sometimes follow. But STDs are not just a fact of life, they are a subject that has been shrouded in mystery and moralizing throughout the history of medicine.
    In this episode, Emily speaks with Dr. Ina Park, a family medicine doctor, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and the author of Strange Bedfellows: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STDs.
    Hosted by Emily Silverman.
    Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.
    Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.
    Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.
    The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

    • 42 min
    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen

    Emily in Conversation with Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen

    All of us have experienced physical pain at some point in our lives. Yet many of us are unaware of how essential context is to the pain experience. Even today, there is much about pain that remains poorly understood. How is it that something so core to being human can remain such a mystery?

    Joining me to unravel some of these complexities is Dr. Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen, an anesthesiologist and author of An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering.

    • 45 min
    Emily in Conversation with Kirsten Johnson

    Emily in Conversation with Kirsten Johnson

    Many of us have had to imagine dreaded scenarios for the death of a loved one with dementia. But few have done so with as much cinematic ingenuity and depth of affection as our next guest.
    In this episode, Emily talks to Kirsten Johnson, the veteran cinematographer and award-winning documentary filmmaker of the film Dick Johnson is Dead, which centers around her father's experience with dementia.
    Hosted by Emily Silverman.
    Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.
    Edited and mixed by Jon Oliver.
    Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.
    The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

    • 36 min
    Emily in Coversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter

    Emily in Coversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter

    More and more Americans are choosing to die at home in the care of a loved one. But who takes care of the caregiver?
    In today's episode, Emily talks to Dr. Jessica Zitter, a critical care and palliative care specialist, about her award-winning directorial debut film, Caregiver: A Love Story.
    Hosted by Emily Silverman.
    Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.
    Recorded by Jim Lively at Outpost Studios in San Francisco.
    Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.
    The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

    • 42 min
    Emily in Conversation with Danielle Spencer

    Emily in Conversation with Danielle Spencer

    Emily sits down with Danielle Spencer to discuss her book Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity which, in identifying and naming the concept of "metagnosis," brings the study of healthcare into conversation with the discourse on identity. In doing so, this extraordinary new work in narrative medicine underscores the importance of narrative in healthcare in relation to concepts of self.
    Hosted by Emily Silverman.
    Produced by Emily Silverman and Adelaide Papazoglou.
    Recorded by Jim Lively at Outpost Studios in San Francisco, and Walter Nordquist at Brooklyn Podcast Studios in New York.
    Original Theme by Yosef Munro. Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.
    The Nocturnists is made possible by the California Medical Association, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and people like you who have donated through our website and Patreon page.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
393 Ratings

393 Ratings

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in conversation with Dr. Koven

insightful and so relatable
love it
about to go buy the book Letters to a Young Female Physician after listening to the most recent episode

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Amazing Podcast

Really LOVE this podcast. The stories are so intimate and insightful. Enjoy the narratives as well as the discussions afterwards. The podcast provides a space for reflection and community that is so needed in medicine. By doing so, it counters burnout and perhaps -by promoting physician self-awareness - it can improve ‘doctoring.’ Moreover, by humanizing doctors it offers insights to patients with the potential for improving doctor-patient relationships.

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Not Cut Out For This

Latha Panchap’s experience is very relatable from other fields of study as well. Been there too.

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