If you’re preparing to give an oral history interview, here are the answers to a few questions you might have.

What can I expect?

On the day of your interview, you can expect to spend one and a half to three hours with an oral historian from the SOHP. You will discuss the interview and transcription process, sign a consent form, and talk about your life on record. There is no need to prepare stories or rehearse for the interview, but we may ask you about the following topics:

      • childhood
      • school
      • work
      • career
      • hobbies
      • family history
      • medical concerns
      • healthcare experiences
      • your community’s assets and challenges

You can always change your mind about the interview, and we can stop the recording to discuss things off the record if you wish.

Do I need to bring anything?

You don’t need to bring anything, but if you want to, we encourage you to bring relevant photo albums or family mementos to help visually illustrate the stories you share.

What happens to my story?

We will transcribe your story and work with you to make any pertinent edits to the text. After your approval, it will be archived online for people to read and listen to. It may also be used to influence ideas for improving healthcare in your community and beyond.

How will I benefit?

In addition to your story becoming part of the permanent historical record and contributing to a better healthcare system in the future, you will receive a paper transcript of your story and a digital copy of the recording as a keepsake for you and your family.