The COVID-19 Journal for Medical Trainees

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The Montefiore - Einstein Infectious Disease Interest Group is collecting stories and reflections about the COVID-19 pandemic from all medical and health professional trainees. 

The goals of this journal are to create a unified platform for expression, to connect our communities, and to build and preserve a collection of writing that represents our experiences during the pandemic.  

We want to hear your thoughts and reflections about COVID-19. Not sure what to write? Try out these prompts: 

  • How does your level of training or your unique experiences inform your perspective of and actions during this crisis?

  • How has this situation impacted your education or experience as a health professional in training?

  • How has it shaped your future career goals?

  • What notable clinical experiences or patient interactions have you had?

  • How has your understanding of healthcare, health systems, health policy, or other social issues changed as a result?


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The idea for Pandemic Perspectives: The COVID-19 Journal for Medical Trainees was formed in the early weeks of March 2020. At this time Sarah Hill was a first year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx and Dr. Emily Hoffman was a third year Internal Medicine resident at Montefiore Medical Center. The reality and enormity of the coronavirus pandemic was settling in and the numbers of cases, deaths, and closures were rising in New York City. Hill and Dr. Hoffman met in the fall of 2019 through Dr. Hoffman’s newly formed Montefiore-Einstein Infectious Disease Interest Group. In the wake of the outbreak, Hill reached out to Dr. Hoffman with the question of how medical students or those with limited clinical exposure would be able to help in the unprecedented times ahead. The idea for a journal, where medical students, residents, and other health professionals in training would have a platform to express their thoughts and share their reflections about the pandemic, was born.

The hope is that this journal serves as a platform to connect medical and health professional trainees nationwide, and as a place to preserve our experiences from this pandemic. In the future, it will be a resource for those seeking to reflect on the uncertainties, challenges and triumphs of COVID-19, and as a guide forward as we face the inevitable changes that coronavirus poses to our community. 



Sarah Hill MPHTM, MD Candidate

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Editor in Chief 

Before medical school Sarah, a Brooklyn native and BHSEC Manhattan alum, studied public health at Tulane University in New Orleans. She also completed a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane and has five years of research experience in the Vector Borne and Infectious Disease Research Center’s Chagas Disease lab. Going into medical school, these experiences gave her a solid foundation and interest in pursuing a career as an infectious disease physician. She is currently the president of Einstein’s Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) chapter and the Einstein Medical Students for Choice and Reproductive Justice (MSFC-RJ) policy and advocacy chair. She hopes to continue her engagement with public health and involvement with advocacy-based research throughout her medical career.


Emily Hoffman MD

Montefiore Medical Center, Internal Medicine PGY3  

Editor in Chief 

Dr. Hoffman was born and raised in New York and went to SUNY Downstate for medical school where she first fell in love with the field of infectious disease. She then began her residency training at Montefiore Medical Center where she is now ambulatory chief resident. Dr. Hoffman is very passionate about teaching and is one of the members of Montefiore’s Medical Education Pathway. She is involved in various teaching opportunities within the medical school and residency program, including teaching in Einstein’s medical school bioethics course, helping teach medical students physical exam skills, and precepting medical students during their medicine clerkship.  She is always looking for ways to be creative and innovative, and in November 2019 she started the Montefiore-Einstein Infectious Disease Interest Group. After her chief year she plans on pursuing a fellowship in infectious disease and looks forward to continuing to work and teach in an academic setting.