Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

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Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue

Singular Intimacies Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue Singular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York s Bellevue Hospital the oldest public hospital in the country When Danielle Ofri first enters the doors as a medical stu

  • Title: Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue
  • Author: Danielle Ofri
  • ISBN: 9780807072516
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Singular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country When Danielle Ofri first enters the doors as a medical student, she is immediately plunged into the teeming world of urban medicine It is here that Dr Ofri develops a profound instinct for healing and, above all, learns to navigatSingular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country When Danielle Ofri first enters the doors as a medical student, she is immediately plunged into the teeming world of urban medicine It is here that Dr Ofri develops a profound instinct for healing and, above all, learns to navigate the tangled vulnerabilities of doctor and patient.

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    1. Alison on said:

      Ofri is a good writer. She captures the essence of medical training.you fumble your way through, not sure you are learning anyhing until you come out on the other side and realize you do in fact know something! Some parts made me laugh because even if I didn't have that exact experience, I had an experience like it. (Searching madly for the stool developer while the intern night float, only to return and find out mid-rectal exam that her patient has passed away. Then trying to figure out exactly [...]

    2. Ann on said:

      Ofri's account of becoming a Dr. at Bellevue is fascinating. From learning to tell a patient she is HIV positive, to watching a patient die unexpectedly from unknown causes, to trying to get an IV into an IV drug user, Ofri describes her journey from intern to physician. I learned about the workings of a large inner city hospital, and this differed quite a bit from books on similar subjects like _Hospital_ by Julie Salamon. What stood out here, in contrast with Salamon's book, is Ofri's voice an [...]

    3. Liz on said:

      Interesting read. The author is clearly a right-brain thinker as well as a left brain physician, so it was interesting both how she interpreted her experiences and also how she told them.

    4. Glenn on said:

      Reading Danielle Ofri’s “Singular Intimacies,” there were two particular things that struck me. The first was the overwhelming doubt that seemed to track through the whole story—doubt about her abilities as a professional, doubt about her ability to reach out to her patients, and more general doubts about the ability of the medical profession itself to serve well those it was required to serve. We think of doctors as somehow above this; they are seen, I think, by most people as being alm [...]

    5. Jennifer on said:

      Ughhh, Danielle Ofri is such a ridiculously talented writer. I think the institution of medicine instills in physicians a kind of public unshakeability, in that they always have to outwardly portray this demeanor of coolheaded authority. (This is something especially patent in the works of Oliver Sacks and Jerome Groopman.) But Ofri writes in a such a way that you viscerally feel her bumps and bruises along the medical training pathway, but you also don't lose your respect for her. There were so [...]

    6. Serena on said:

      Working in the infamous New York Bellvue Hospital, in the Psych ER no less is a harrowing experience. Dr Ofri's narrative combines the incredible compassion that it takes to work there, a bit of the danger and fear, and a huge amount of the frustration at the administation of the hospital, and the state of health care in America. I read the book as a person with bipolar, who has come to an ER in crisis. But I am a very educated patient , so I could also see clearly from the clinicians point of v [...]

    7. Julie on said:

      In a series of expressive short essays, Dr. Danielle Ofri chronicles her ten years of medical training, as a student, intern, and resident, at Bellevue Hospital Center, the oldest public hospital in the country. A thoughtful practitioner, Ofri is adept at capturing the complexities of modern medical practice. One standout essay finds her questioning the tenets of her medical training when a friend suddenly passes away. Ofri's stories offer a realistic portrait of a physician’s life.

    8. Julie Whelan on said:

      I read this right after reading Final Exam: reflections of a surgeon by Pauline Chen. It's a different style of looking at the learning and practice of medicine told by giving stories revolving around individual patients. As a medical librarian, I appreciate that it's another well written insight into what my medical students are going through. The beginning about the scary step of jumping into the hospital wards as a third year student is very memorable.

    9. Chanpheng on said:

      Incredible book about becoming a doctor at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Reminds me of my student days, being afraid of attendings while learning how to think for myself. The author later returned to work at Bellevue and started up the Bellevue Literary Review, where anyone involved in medicine can submit pieces about their frustrations or wonders with medicine.

    10. Jill on said:

      I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the stories were interesting, not only because of the unique medical challenges, but mostly because of the individual's stories. I also really enjoyed that the author shared her perspective/feelings/etc about her experiences.

    11. Jenni Ogden on said:

      Danielle is a wonderful communicator of medical mysteries to lay people. Her stories of her patients and her experiences as a doctor are full of humanity and caring. If only every doctor was like her!

    12. Jennifer on said:

      The author had a very engaging writing style - I actually felt emotional after reading some chapters. Interesting clinical scenarios!

    13. Jude on said:

      The book is well-written and contains "snapshots" of patients the author treated when she was learning to become a doctor.

    14. Lane on said:

      Good look at the brutality at medical training both emotionally and physically.

    15. Jess on said:

      wonderfulllection of short stories about being a physician and training - better look into the life a doctor than any book i have read.

    16. Stacie Nishimoto on said:

      MERCEDES"I cried for the death of my belief that intellect conquers all."POSSESSING HER WORDS"Waiting and holding--two burdens of medicine. Much has been written of the physical burdens of medical training, and there are many. And indeed these were the ones I had feared the most as I began medical school. How would I manage without sleep? Could I possibly memorize those millions of diseases? How would I pass all the medical boards? Those did turn out to be grueling tasks, but it seemed that if I [...]

    17. Anthony on said:

      Ofri writes about the first patients she encounters as a med student, intern, resident, and finally as a full-fledged doctor. Her stories convey the soul and emotion that lies within every patient interaction a medical professional experiences in their work. Good read if you're into stories from the medical world.

    18. Sue Davidson on said:

      I listened to a podcast by the author and was motivated from that to read this book. It is a moving account of her training as a physician and patients she treated. Looking forward to another book by this author.(Read hard copy.)

    19. Patty on said:

      “Entering Bellevue was like being in a lab experiment gone wild, with every possible parameter running amok. Knowledge would not be coming in an orderly, logical progression. But during that first chaotic week of medicine I conquered that most harrowing medical student hurdle. I learned how to draw blood.”I never had any interest in being a doctor or a nurse. I went to college with many pre-med students and their studies did not interest me. However, if I run across a book by someone in thes [...]

    20. Gretchen on said:

      Full chapters on several patients, then, because her rotation changed, she never checked back with theme seemed to come very late to combining medical acumen with the art of bedside manner and general empathy.Her experiences shed light on how arrogance and all-knowingness come to be an unattractive part of becoming a doctor.Sure, it is well-written. I was struck by her lack of continuity/connection with some of the patients. She seemed pretty self-centered and complained a lot about being tired. [...]

    21. Elizabeth Nesbit-comer on said:

      A pretty good look at medical training. I have read a ton of medical training bios and this one definitely had way more pondering and insecurities. Most stick to the nitty gritty details and strange cases, so this was a new perspectivebut not necessarily one that I enjoyed a whole lot. I found myself skimming through her emotional crises and getting to the unique cases.

    22. Sarah on said:

      For anyone in the medical field this is a fun book. I think she is a good writer (although at times I felt her stories felt embellished) and she has a great story to tell (if you can stomach it).It is written as single stories about patients who had an impact throughout her medical schooling and residency. It was an enjoyable read to begin my hiatus from fiction.

    23. Willa on said:

      Danielle Ofri is the editor of Bellevue Literary Review, which was kind enough to publish an essay of mine, so I bought her book. So far it's a fascinating glimpse into the drama and decisions encountered by the budding physician.

    24. Patricia on said:

      Ofri is the kind of doctor you wish you had/hope to be - smart, determined, and not afraid to feel (sometimes strongly) for her patients. Maybe not as sharply insightful as other books in this genre, but still contains some very thoughtful, moving stories.

    25. Bianca Ichim on said:

      FUCKING AWESOME, orice om care vrea sa devina doctor ar trebui s-o citeasca. Multumesc, Dan :D

    26. Julie Davidson on said:

      What do doctors really think while they're preparing for rounds? Read this too find that out and more.

    27. Jacqueline Bocian on said:

      Oh my is this a wonderful book. The author's loyalty to the patient population at Bellevue is heartwarming. She is more than just a doctor - she is a caring, loving healer.

    28. Gabriela on said:

      Captures the journey of a doctor in training honestly and realistically. Vivid writing. An enthralling read.

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