The Nocturnists is a night of physicians telling stories about their most memorable, moving, humorous, absurd, and trying experiences. For more information, read about us here.
Our next event will take place Wednesday, 9/13/17 at The Shelton Theater.
Theme: Diversity and Identity
Please submit story ideas by midnight on 8/4/17.
Tickets for this event will go on sale later this summer.
The culture of medicine creates a professional identity for each of us as practitioners in the field. For providers from minority backgrounds, that culture may be distinct from the social identities formed long before professional training. We are looking for stories from health care professionals from minority backgrounds (broadly defined) about the intersection of your personal and professional identities in medicine. We welcome submissions from a broad range of minority experiences including (but not limited to) race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, and immigrant identities. We invite submissions from a wide range of health care professions, and discussions of intersecting identities are always welcomed.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!
For guidance, here is an audio clip from a past event. We welcome any story regardless of content or tone, including "out of the box" submissions such as live readings and musical performances. Our target length is 5-10 minutes.
Keep in mind, if your story is selected, we will help you craft and polish your story so that it is stage-ready.
We look forward to seeing what stories are out there!
A note: if you decide to include patients and their friends/family as characters, a good rule of thumb for preserving confidentiality is that your characters should not be able to recognize themselves in your story. Some ways to achieve this: don't include names or dates, consider changing key characteristics (e.g. if a hat or backpack was a key feature of your patient, make it a scarf or a necklace), and don't make diseases too recognizable (e.g. lymphangioleiomyomatosis should be changed to "lung disease"). Alternatively, you can obtain a patient's written permission to use HIPPA-protected information in your story. For a quick review of this issue, check out this article and this article.