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Letter from the Editors-in-Chief: Welcome to in-Training

We are more than just medical students.

The members of the medical student body are not scholars merely fixated on the long-sought title of “MD” or “DO.” We are distinct individuals with passions, curiosities and insurmountable complexity.

As future physicians, to share these complexities with each other is to engage with the broader medical community. in-Training, the online newspaper for medical students, will be a forum for this collaboration.

in-Training is the agora for medical students, the Grecian intellectual center for news, commentary, and the free expression of the medical student voice. It is of medical students, for medical students, and by medical students.

When in-Training was conceived, the publication was seen as an opportunity for medical students to share in their common experience. Today, it has the opportunity for much more: a community for medical students to contribute their unique perspectives and opinions on medicine, the health care system and the world at large.

Whether you have a inspiring experience or lesson to share with your peers, are interested in a career in physician-journalism, or simply want to have your voice heard, in-Training is for you. We look forward to working with you.

Aleena Paul and Ajay Major, Editors-in-Chief of in-Training
Albany Medical College, Class of 2016

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.