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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 a member of the Albany Medical College Class of 2016. 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 subsequently completed an MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College. I currently serve as the American Medical Women's Association’s National Publications Chair.

I enter the medical field with special interests in advocating for women’s health issues, improving physician cultural competency, and addressing the medical needs of our underserved communities. I am enthusiastic about discussing these issues with my peers, as well as working to ensure that all medical students are able to find a balance between their medical educations and the passions that first brought them into the field of medicine.

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

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

University of Colorado School of Medicine

My name is Ajay Major, a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and an internal medicine resident at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

My journey into medical journalism and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online magazine for residents and fellows, and The Palate, an online magazine for medical students at the intersection of nutrition and public health.

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 May 2016, Pager Publications, Inc. published its first print book, in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow's Physicians, a print compendium of over 100 articles written and edited by medical students on humanism, our real-life patients, and the challenges of being a physician-in-training. In November 2017, we published our second print book, Family Doc Diary: A Resident Physician’s Reflections in Fifty-Two Entries, a print collection that chronicles the journey of an intern physician in the form of fifty-two entries from her personal art journal.

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