The Nocturnists

Series produced by Emily Silverman

Caption: The Nocturnists, Credit: Lindsay Mound
Image by: Lindsay Mound 
The Nocturnists 

Stories from the world of medicine

The Nocturnists is a live show and podcast where doctors share stories from the world of medicine. Based in San Francisco and hosted by physician Emily Silverman, our show is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about health, illness, and human connection. Welcome to the family.


21 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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After hearing a mentor make an inappropriate joke, medical student Jenny Tiskus grapples with humor's place in the world of medicine.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 37:22
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Physician Maureen Miller describes how perusing a dusty box of autopsy reports from 1987 helped her embrace her new professional future as a pathol...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 33:35
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Psychiatrist Matthew Hirschtritt turns to lessons from his Jewish upbringing when caring for a patient with severe refractory depression.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 29:34
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Hospitalist Archna Eniasivam describes the time she made a diagnostic error with one of her favorite patients.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 30:57
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Family medicine physician Catherine Forest listens to one of he classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 32:32
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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 p...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 35:44
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When caring for a young woman with a brain cancer diagnosis, medicine resident Colleen Farrell comes to grips with her own mortality.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 33:36
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Hospitalist Peter Barish recounts an intense, intimate moment with a patient.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 36:02
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Michele DiTomas, a hospice physician who cares for incarcerated men, races against the clock and slashes through bureaucratic tape to help a dying ...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 37:16
Caption: The Lazarus Effect, Credit: Lindsay Mound
Emergency medicine physician Joe Sills panics when the patient he has just pronounced dead regains a pulse.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 33:51
Caption: The Nocturnists, Credit: Lindsay Mound
Season 2 of The Nocturnists, hosted by physician Emily Silverman, explores stories from the world of medicine.

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 01:23
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Cardiologist Dhruv Kazi recounts the heart-stopping tale of an emergency medical encounter in North Korea.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 36:33
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Hospital administrator Galen Laserson recounts the time she got an unexpected call in the middle of the night, which prompted her to learn all abou...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 30:10
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The electronic medical record and a list of to-dos distract family medicine resident Milana Pebenito from her patient's impending death.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 30:04
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Hospitalist Meghan O'Brien recounts the frustration of caring for a homeless patient who would rather be on the streets.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 32:47
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Grand Smith, chief resident in internal medicine at UCSF, recounts the story of his first code blue.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 23:16
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In the hospital, pediatrician Dana Gal struggles with a young patient who asserts her autonomy in ways that are frustrating, and even dangerous.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 34:33
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Hospitalist Ann Knapp navigates her own doubts and assumptions when her patient, a ninety-year-old man, states he wants to die -- today.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:25
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Sirisha Narayana, a hospital internal medicine physician, discusses her strong identity as a physician, and how it collided with her other identiti...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:46
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Ben Lerman, an emergency medicine physician, describes how his ability to empathize with his patients deteriorated throughout his medical training,...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:31