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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 a General Internal Medicine and Academic General Pediatrics Fellow at Hofstra/Northwell Health, where I am pursuing a Masters in Health Professions Education. My research interests include the use of the humanities for medical education, women's leadership in medicine, addressing health disparities through advocacy, and providing quality primary care medicine. I graduated from Albany Medical College in 2016 and subsequently completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

I currently serve as the editor-in-chief for in-House, the online publication for residents and fellows, and as 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 skimming through The New Yorker, catching up on science fiction shows, wandering through museums and forests, and long conversations with friends.

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, and I am currently an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine specializing in lymphoma and myeloma, and a physician-publisher in the medical education and narrative medicine spaces.

My journey into 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. Since that time, we have founded several additional online publications for the medical education community, including in-House, The Palate, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.

To support these publications, we founded Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community, in 2014. Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published six print books, with all proceeds used to support our constituent publications.