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, and am currently completing my MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College. During my time at Union, I developed my enthusiasm for journalism while serving as the managing editor of the college’s official newspaper, the Concordiensis, and as editor-in-chief of the sociology department’s Newsletter. I enter the medical field with special interests in bioethics, women’s health, and addressing the medical needs of our underserved communities.
My name is Ajay Major, a 2012 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY with a interdisciplinary major in chemistry and Spanish. I just finished my two-year tenure as editor-in-chief of the Concordiensis, Union College’s official student newspaper. At the Concordiensis, I managed a 25-member editorial board and 50-member writing staff, rebuilt the newspaper’s website, and created the first Concordiensis Stylebook. I enter physician-journalism with interests in language barriers and ethnic disparities in healthcare delivery and protein biochemistry. I am currently completing my MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College and will matriculate at Albany Medical College in the fall.
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.