Updated Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Cohen

Update from Sarah from September 2020:

I am done with residency, and am now in fellowship at OSU & Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. I am focusing on pulmonary (lung disease) in both kids & adults; on the adult side that also means that half of my training is in critical care. With the intensive care unit being part of my job/training program, this year has been interesting for sure.

From September 2018

Sarah (right) with her sister Ariel

What are you up to these days?  Tell us about your accomplishments since leaving Community School.

I am a fourth-year resident at Duke, in a combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics program. After leaving Community School, I went to Roanoke College and then to the University of Pittsburgh for medical school. My residency program is four years long, and at the end of residency I am able to be licensed in both Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics. I am not entirely sure what I am going to do after residency, but I would like to work with both adult patients and children and to work primarily in the hospital setting – I am thinking about doing a fellowship in critical care. 

How do you feel that your time at CS influenced or prepared you for your academic and/or career path going forward?

I think that my time at CS made me more confident in creating my own path, in areas such as pursuing a combined residency program, doing global health work, and directing a musical during medical school. By nature I am somebody who tends to color inside the lines, but Community School taught me to go beyond my comfort zone and become comfortable with thinking outside the box. In a more concrete sense, the focus at Community School on critical thinking and the humanities has made me both a better scientist and a better writer. Community School also helped me to be a more well-rounded person, which is important both on a personal level and in my interactions with patients. 

Anything else you’d like to add?

Community School provides many opportunities and a lot of flexibility – I would encourage current students to be proactive and take advantage of all that CS has to offer. ​

Sarah Cohen is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh Medical School and in her final year of a dual medical residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center. She graduated as co-valedictorian from Roanoke College in 2011. Sarah attended Community School for five years and is a graduate of Community High.