Special issue of the Jefferson literary journal Evanescent focuses on COVID-19 and racism in medicine

The Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention has just published a new issue of Evanescent, a literary journal that provides a creative forum for people to explore and share stories about their personal experiences with injury.  

The Fall 2020 issue focuses on COVID-19 and racism in medicine. It was led by guest editors Danielle Snyderman, MD, CMD, a geriatrician and an assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and the medical director of The Hill at Whitemarsh continuing care retirement community, and Nick Safian, a member of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College class of 2022.  

Snyderman and Safian drew the contributions for the special issue from Jefferson COVID Stories, an online project that they launched in the early days of the pandemic based on the idea that “a sense of purpose is the antidote to fear and worry,” Snyderman says in her letter from the editor.  

Over a series of many months, they sent emails to members of the Jefferson community asking them to answer different questions about how the virus was affecting them. The focus eventually expanded to address racism in medicine because, as Safian says in his letter from the editor, “it was clear that our story would not comprise the whole truth if it did not address the racism so plainly exposed in our country over the past few months.” This truth, he adds, “cannot be uncoupled from our nation’s story of COVID-19, and, by extension, Jefferson’s story of COVID-19.” 

Read the Fall 2020 issue here: https://jdc.jefferson.edu/evanescent/vol2/iss1/1/ 

Evanescent seeks to widen perspectives and contribute to the societal conversation around injury and is led by editor-in-chief Stanton B. Miller, MD, MPH, FACS, a clinical assistant professor of surgery and emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and executive director of the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention. It was founded by physician-writers and medical students with first-hand experience regarding the impact of injury on people’s lives, including their own.  

The Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention is part of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. In addition to Evanescent, it also hosts writing events through the Eakins Writers’ Workshop.  

Writing for Evanescent: The journal seeks to publish high-quality writing on themes related to injury and accepts submissions from all members of the Jefferson community on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues. All submissions will be reviewed by an editorial committee of Jefferson faculty members and students.