Dear in-Training family,
It is our pleasure to welcome you back as we start the 2022 academic year. This year promises to bring many challenges as the country’s sociopolitical climate, ongoing pandemic and resulting practice of medicine continue to shift. Every challenge, however, creates an opportunity for change and improvement; in the past year we witnessed an impressive response from the medical community to advocate for patients and pursue humanism, equity and thoughtful care.
In this setting, medical students continue their journey through medical school, processing experiences and developing themselves as remarkable future physicians. At in-Training, we embrace our role in conveying the voices of medical students across the world. We aim to reflect the experiences and opinions of a diverse group of students, thereby accurately representing our community.
As the medical community continues to expand, we hope to adapt with it. Last year, we temporarily opened our doors to art submissions after seeing a need for showcasing artistic talent in our community. The response from medical student artists was impressive, and we decided to continue accepting art on a regular basis.
We look forward to reviewing your submissions, from news articles and creative writing to art. We hope that our publication can provide you with a source of discussion, healthy discourse and support as you pursue your goals — through whichever medium you prefer.
We encourage our readers to start a dialogue with our authors, by commenting, sharing or even writing their own response pieces. Check out our social media, subscribe to our newsletter and keep an eye out for upcoming initiatives, including editor recruitment and our year-long Writers-in-Training internship!
in-Training exists thanks to a large team of dedicated editors who have a passion for the written word. We would like to introduce our 2022-2023 executive board below:
Writers-in-Training Program Directors
Farhan Salman is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL class of 2023. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He enjoys writing poetry, reading non-fiction books on economic policy, and listening to Freakonomics podcasts. After graduating medical school, Farhan would like to be a medical consult for screenwriting.
Caehla is a fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, class of 2023. In 2017, she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience. In 2018, she graduated with her Masters of Science from Georgetown University in Biomedical Sciences. She enjoys baking, sewing, writing and gardening in her free time. After graduating medical school, Caehla would like to pursue a career in Family Medicine.
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Yichi Zhang is a third-year MD/MBA student at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology. In his free time, Yichi enjoys playing tennis, teaching Chinese, and practicing Kendo. After he graduates medical school, Yichi wishes to pursue a career in Internal Medicine, with a focus on personalized medicine, all the while building more connections between the American and Chinese medical communities.
Ifeoluwa is a second-year medical student pursuing her BS/MD at the CUNY School of Medicine as a proud student of the Sophie Davis Biomedical Program. In her free time, she enjoys creating her own artwork that features many of her friends.
Buckley McCall is a third-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC class of 2023. In 2018, he graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with minors in French and microbiology. He enjoys hiking, writing, surfing, and making “helpful” mnemonics in his free time. After graduating medical school, Buckley would like to pursue a career in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.
Ruchica is a third-year medical student at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Asian Languages and Culture. In her spare time, she likes watching cartoons and anime, writing, eating sweet and spicy food, and traveling (esp. solo traveling). Ruchica hopes to pursue a career in Psychiatry or Neurology with emphasis on helping trauma victims.
Zofia is a fourth-year medical student at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. In 2018, she graduated from The University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in French. She enjoys reading, wandering through art museums, and hiking.
Varun is a fourth-year medical student at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC (class of 2023). In 2018, he graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. He enjoys listening to audiobooks, running, cooking, tennis, and learning about other peoples’ stories and cultures. He would like to one day pursue a career as a physician educator/researcher in the field of Psychiatry.
As always, our inbox is open to your ideas and questions. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime!
Zofia Hetman and Varun Mehta