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Happy Birthday, in-Training! A One-Year Update from the Editors-in-Chief


yzqceafvw5aaiqbhrhq9As we traveled back to Albany from our presentation at the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) regional meeting in foggy Atlantic City, we reflected on our past year with in-Training in this update, the ceremonial 100th article on in-training.org.

Just two weeks ago, on April 5, we celebrated our first birthday. One year since our official founding  and 99 articles, 7,500 unique visitors and 65,000 pageviews later, in-Training has grown leaps and bounds, from a skeleton website to a budding medical student community filled with the opinions, reflections and prose of over 57 medical students at 32 schools across the United States and Canada.

First and foremost, we would like to thank you, our readers and writers, for your support over this past year. This publication would not exist without your contributions and your passion for sharing your unique perspectives with your medical school peers.

We would also like to thank our editors, the dedicated medical students and budding physician-journalists who make in-Training possible. To our two fourth-year editors, Kimberly and Nikki: our best wishes for the next great chapters in your medical careers.

Thank you to the Scientific American Incubator blog and Stanford University’s Scope blog for sharing our story with the science journalism community. Your coverage has been an invaluable milestone in our journey to reach more of our colleagues in science and health communication.

Join us as we enter our second year as the agora of the medical student community by submitting your pieces to in-training.org and spreading the word about in-Training to your colleagues. We are always seeking new articles, columns and artistic works.

If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please do not hesitate to email us or fill out our interest form.

Aleena Paul, MD, MBA Aleena Paul, MD, MBA (9 Posts)

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Albany Medical College


My name is Aleena Paul, and I am one of the founders of in-Training. I am currently an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. I graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, with an interdisciplinary major in biology and sociology as part of the Leadership in Medicine program. I then completed an MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College before attending Albany Medical College.

My passions include the medical humanities and medical education. I plan on pursuing a fellowship in medical education after residency. I am also interested in the areas of women's leadership in medicine, addressing health disparities, and providing quality primary care medicine.

I currently serve as an editor-in-chief for in-House, the online publication for residents and fellows, and a founding member of Pager Publications, a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community.

In my free time, I enjoy perusing The New Yorker, catching up on science fiction shows, wandering through museums, and long conversations with friends.


Ajay Major, MD, MBA Ajay Major, MD, MBA (12 Posts)

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

The University of Chicago

My name is Ajay Major, and I am currently a fellow in adult hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago. I am a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and finished my residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2019.

My journey into narrative medicine and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, and currently serve as editor-in-chief since 2016.

To support these publications, I founded Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community, in 2014. We currently provide administrative and financial support for six publications: in-Training, in-House, The Palate, North Wing Magazine, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.

Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published four books, most recently Salve: Words For The Journey, a compilation of poetry, prose, and journaling prompts written by psychiatrist and author Monisha Vasa, MD.

I am also a lover of all things science fiction and fantasy (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite -- apologies to all you Picard fans), and I play classical piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.