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This week on the “First Opinion Podcast” I’m joined by Danielle Ofri, a physician, writer-editor, and cello aficionado who experienced the pandemic firsthand at Bellevue Hospital in New York. As a primary care physician, Ofri makes life-long connections with her patients. She talks about the importance of recognizing the emotions that come when a patient dies, how her experiences as a medical resident during the AIDS crisis shaped her career, and how the Covid-19 pandemic will have a similar career-sculpting effect on today’s trainees.

The conversation starts with Ofri’s First Opinion essay, “My ‘postmortem’ folder and the intensely personal nature of the latest Covid-19 surge” and moves on from there.

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