The Nocturnists is a live storytelling event and podcast that highlights the stories of doctors and other health workers.
We collect these stories because:
1. It's therapeutic.
Physicians are burdened with an increasingly automatized health care system which may distance them from the narrative richness of medicine. Some would argue that in the deluge of data and benchmarks, the stories in medicine are getting lost — a problem that contributes to physician job dissatisfaction, disillusionment, and notably skyrocketing rates of depression and burnout. Storytelling helps restore joy to practice.
2. It's important.
Narrative competence — the ability to effectively construct, absorb, or be moved by a story — is a crucial skill for physicians in the clinic or ward setting, since much of our time is spent collecting, decoding, and repackaging patient "histories." In other words, participating in storytelling may actually help us become better doctors.