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Out With the Old, In With the New: Happy New Year from the Editors-in-Chief Emeriti

Happy New Year! We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday with friends and family as we say goodbye to the dusty, long hours of 2015 and welcome the shiny, new year of 2016.

As we begin our fourth year of existence, we would like to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to all of you — our loyal readers and writers who provide lifeblood to the corpus that is in-Training. We truly have become the agora — the Grecian intellectual center — for the medical student community, with over 400,000 views of the website this year. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and with your colleagues worldwide.

This was a year of milestones for us: publishing our 800th article, graduating our first cohort of interns from the in-Training Writers-in-Training Program, holding the first ever in-Training Mental Health Week, speaking at Stanford Medicine X on creating grassroots communities for medical students, and amassing over 12,000 social media followers with the dedicated efforts of our social media team.

However, it is time to move beyond the past year and look to our future.

Our first announcement of the year is a big one, and deeply personal. As of today, January 1, we are no longer the editors-in-chief of in-Training. In our efforts to keep the publication by and for medical students, we have spent the past six months training our new editors-in-chief: Vikas Bhatt, Class of 2017 at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Joe Ladowski, MD/PhD candidate at Indiana University School of Medicine.

As we prepare for the end of our medical school careers and begin to transition to residency, we officially welcome Vikas and Joe as they embark on their journey to carry in-Training into a new era as the premier online voice of the medical student community.

Fortunately, we won’t be entirely removed from in-Training — we haven’t moved on to residency quite yet. Our next project is the publication of in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians, a book compendium of over 100 pieces that we have published over the past four years. The book is in collaboration with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and will serve as a self-reflection guide for medical students, as well as a curriculum resource guide for students and educators in the medical humanities. Keep an eye on your inboxes for further details as the book nears print publication.

We would also like to introduce our new managing editor, Andy Kadlec, MD/PhD candidate at Medical College of Wisconsin, who has been instrumental in streamlining the editorial process and managing the huge load of articles that we receive from writers every day.

And finally, although we have medical student writers at 111 of the 172 medical schools in the United States — as well as seven in Canada, four in the Caribbean, and schools in Pakistan, India, Ireland and the UAE — we seek to expand our community to as many of our medical student colleagues as possible. Our goal for 2016 is to reach all of the medical schools in the United States and Canada, and to begin outreach to other parts of the globe. We ask for your help in this endeavor, by sharing our articles with your colleagues on email and on social media, and by encouraging prospective writers to join the in-Training team.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any article ideas, questions or comments for the publication. We rely on your feedback to continue evolving as an organic publication that meets the needs of the medical student community.

Thank you for all that you do, and here’s to a great new year!

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.