The Nocturnists on Health and the Criminal Justice System, September 27th, 2018.


During my residency in internal medicine, I felt creatively starved and disconnected from my own humanity. In an attempt to repair this (and to help my colleagues do the same), I founded a live storytelling event called The Nocturnists where doctors share personal stories about life in medicine. Today, the show is a full-fledged movement, regularly selling out theaters of >350 people in the San Francisco, reflecting the health care community’s desire to engage with their work through a narrative lens. In January 2018, The Nocturnists launched its podcast, which was featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment in 2018.

Because of this work, I have been interviewed on several health care-related podcasts, including “House of Pod,” “The Short Coat Podcast,” “The Undifferentiated Medical Student,” and “Explore the Space.” I have been invited to speak about the power of storytelling in medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Medical Grand Rounds, Stanford University’s Palliative Care Retreat, The Institute for the Future, MindBodyGreen, The Esalen Institute, and the Columbia University Scholars Program (CUSP) Distinguished Speaker Series. As an educator, I have conducted writing workshops and reflection sessions with students and residents.

Contact Emily to inquire about speaking engagements.