Justice Education


Playlist for Practitioners

Abraham Nussbaum, MD

Artwork: “Organic Forms within Grid” by Stephen Conroy © 2022

Purpose is not just cognitive. Living into a vocation requires renewal of the heart, as well as the mind. Physician Abraham Nussbaum has developed a series of playlists for colleagues that he calls “The Listening Cure.” Nussbaum writes, “In the peculiar enclosures of the hospital, when your ears are ringing with alarm fatigue, a practitioner needs music.” You can find mixes ranging from “Operating Theater” to “Sleep Lab” at

Here we share just one example, Emergency Department.

“Everyone needs help: routine, urgent, and emergent. Sometimes you need a hero. They are waiting for you in the Emergency Department. It’s a hell of a place to wait. Not the kind of place from which you send postcards, except for this one from the NLM: Operation Emergency Room.” —Abraham Nussbaum

Abraham Nussbaum, MD works at Denver Health, an academic safety-net system, as an inpatient psychiatrist and Chief Education Officer. His next book is Progress Notes: One Year In The Future of Medicine.

Spring 2024

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