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Books, Journals, New Media
September 1, 2004

Training Memoir

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(9):1082-1083. doi:10.1001/jama.292.9.1082

This book is a collection of short, autobiographical chapters about being a doctor-in-training, from the first day on the wards as a third-year student through the final months of residency, with a more recent prologue and epilogue as bookends. The author, Dr Danielle Ofri, is currently assistant professor of medicine at New York University and attending physician at Bellevue Hospital. She is also editor-in-chief of The Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary magazine based in a hospital. In Singular Intimacies Ofri chronicles her training in an adept and touching manner. Although each chapter is fairly self-contained and could almost stand alone, occasional references to events in previous chapters tie the book together.