In January 2016, a small audience in San Francisco listened to physicians tell stories about life in medicine. One physician described how her perspective on end-of-life care changed after receiving a few words of advice from her mentor. Another explained how the demands of residency training damaged a treasured friendship. A third physician spoke about a chance encounter on the street with a patient who was homeless. No presentation was rehearsed, and the crowd’s reaction shifted easily between laughter and silence. A year later this program, named “The Nocturnists,” attracted enough interest to fill a theater of 250 listeners, and to draw speakers from many health care disciplines from across the San Francisco Bay Area.1
Silverman E. Sharing and Healing Through Storytelling in Medicine. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1409–1410. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.2996
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