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On Rotation in Italy, a Medical Student Gets Her First Glimpse of the Pandemic

Steinberger catches her breath during a 24-hour on-call shift at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo: Courtesy Elise Steinberger
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 7:00pm

Tufts University School of Medicine graduate Elise Steinberger, M20, was on a surgical rotation in Italy in late February and early March last year, just as COVID-19 was beginning to sweep across Europe. Italy would go on to be one of the hardest hit countries that spring. Now back in the United States, Steinberger is completing her first year of residency at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

For our retrospective on the Tufts community's early response to the pandemic, Tufts Now spoke with Steinberger as she looked back on all that she experienced last spring, and in the time since, during an unforgettable transition from student to physician.

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