University HealthCare Alliance

October 03, 2019

Stanford Medicine Story Rounds: A Live Storytelling Series For Doctors By Doctors

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to join the inaugural Stanford Medicine Story Rounds: A Live Storytelling Series For Doctors By Doctors on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm in Berg Hall, at Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center.  (I am sending this to those who are within “driving distance”, in quotes because of bay area traffic, of Stanford Campus. )

Inspired by the popular National Public Radio program “The Moth,” Stanford Medicine Story Rounds will feature true spoken stories about life as a physician. It is an opportunity for physicians, residents, fellows and medical students to hear their peers and mentors share meaningful stories about their experiences.

The goal of this initiative is to promote a sense of community, collegiality and, mentorship across Stanford Medicine. Stories include those of humor, challenge, relationships, family, vulnerability, grief, love, hope, faith, triumph, and growth, as well as intriguing tales about who they are and what matters most.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by October 17th.
This program will not be live streamed in order to  create a safe space for the presenters

Light refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, followed by Story Rounds from 6:30 to 8 pm.

We are in a constant balance between the transactional and relationship parts of being doctors and providers.  Even if you are not able to attend this event, I invite you to reflect on your own stories and consider sharing them with a colleague.   To encourage you, I will share one of my own.   I had a patient for many years who was a retired scientist.  He began accumulating medical problems but unfortunately slowly lost friends (and memory).  Eventually, there was not much more I could offer him.   Or so I thought.  He would continue to make appointments with me, and he would ask me about growing up in Oklahoma.  He had lived there, and he wanted to recall it with someone.  He shared his love for singing with me… by singing to me!  He even lured me into singing with him (it was not that difficult, admittedly), and we spent at least part of our last office visits singing together.   I thought I had exhausted all that I had to offer, but I am grateful that he created the space for me to give, and receive, a little more.  

Thank you for all that you do for our community and for each other.

Share your stories; they matter!

(Feel free to share your story with me if that feels more safe!)

If you are interested in sharing patient stories with colleagues at UHA, please contact Dr. Roberts


Rachel Roberts, MD
Primary Care Internal Medicine
Medical Director, UHA Provider Wellness
Site Lead, Los Gatos Collaborative Primary Care