Dying To Talk

Dying To Talk

Dying To Talk is a podcast sharing true stories about death, dying and the life in between. Hosted by hospice and palliative medicine specialist, Dr. Dawn Gross, (aka Dr. As You Wish) you're invited to listen in to real life experiences of physicians navigating our shared reality of mortality in a profession that is built on the premise that everyone wants to, and can, live forever. What happens when we set aside assumptions and get curious about what matters most in life? Tune in to find out. Then join a listening "Huggle" where you can share your stories, get curious and ask questions.


September 1, 2023 60 mins

Physicians often describe the best part of medicine as being the opportunity to walk alongside patients in their medical care. Dr. Shohei Burns is an expert in shepherding patients through their health, a skill developed from his work as a clinical research coordinator for patients facing terminal cancer. Join Dr. Burns and host Dr. Dawn Gross as they reflect on preparing for mortality, appreciating the lives of patients outside th...

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Doctors are implicitly trained that death is a failure. So, how do we persist and not become depressed in the face of the reality of mortally? In this episode, host Dr. Dawn Gross talks with Hospitalist and creator of The Nocturnists, Dr. Emily Silverman, as they reflect on the science of storytelling and art of medicine. Tune in to hear about the ticking-clock of our healthcare system and how Dr. Silverman now sees carrying for pe...

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While a crystal ball is not part of his medical toolkit, neurologist Dr. Michael Trainer still finds ways to make sure the future aligns with his patients’ values. Join Dr. Trainer and host, Dr. Dawn Gross, as they reflect on their patients’ individual needs, and more importantly, how they have walked with them as they navigate complex healthcare systems. UCSF Heart Sounds is a production of Dying To Talk and is sponsored by the U...
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Given death does not come with do-overs, pediatric neurologist, Dr. Melinda Schneider, wonders what questions can we ask before a person dies to make sure their wishes are known? And what conversations are even possible when no one speaks the same language? Join Dr. Schneider in conversation with host, Dr. Dawn Gross, as she reflects on her experiences navigating the predictable yet unmarked terrains of grief. UCSF Heart Sounds i...
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Learning to recognize when death is approaching all too often feels like a "deer in the headlights" moment. Once realized, the urgency to bring loved ones close becomes paramount. So what happens when being together becomes impossible because of a pandemic? In this episode, Dr. Lauren Phinney and host Dr. Dawn Gross recall the difficult experiences of caring for people approaching the end of their life in the hospital while loved ...
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Every second counts, especially when you are a physician standing in the way of death, so what should you do? Dr. Sergio Torres, a UCSF hospitalist caring for many patients and their loved ones, says that sometimes the minutes are better spent not just doing something, but being there. Join Dr. Torres and host Dr. Dawn Gross in this episode of Dying to Talk: UCSF Heart Sound as they discuss the mentors and experiences that have h...
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Grief is an injury. While it might not be as apparent as a broken arm, grief requires the same care, attention, and treatment. As a pediatric neurologist caring for the minds of both kids and adults, Dr. Laura Deering is no stranger to the waves of grief - foreboding tides that are often unspoken after leaving the patient room. In this episode of Dying to Talk: UCSF Heart Sounds, Dr. Deering and host Dr. Dawn Gross discuss the nuan...
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Dying To Talk is proud to present a special series for the University of California at San Francisco : UCSF Heart Sounds. The term "Heart Sounds" is medical jargon referring to the different types of "lub dub" sounds the heart makes when listening through a stethoscope. It also means the sounds our souls make when listening deeply with the heart. Created and hosted by hospice and palliative medicine specialist, ...

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