Anyone who has watched a newborn mature into a toddler — or has memorized the early developmental milestones in First Aid — can attest that immense transformation occurs in the first two years of life. Children are decidedly unaware of these formative years, oblivious to their own metamorphosis and only recognizing their transitional changes through photos, stories and their family’s fond memories.
In a surprisingly similar fashion, medical students may also transition from their time as MS1s to MS3s to residents without the opportunity to reflect on their own growth through these developmental years.
Until in-Training was born.
For the past two years, as the medical student community has navigated through the joy and adversity of medical school, in-Training has been proud to serve as the scrapbook for its memories, capturing the stories of the everyday moments that define today’s medical students and tomorrow’s physicians.
No longer are medical students isolated in the fray of medical education. With in-Training, we have created a global community of future physicians who share in the common experiences that bind us as students of the healing profession. Medical students finally have a place to call their own where, whether through reading or writing, we can take a moment in our hectic schedules to reflect on the profound transformation we are undergoing as physicians-in-training.
As we celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of in-training.org, we thank you, our colleagues, for making in-Training a part of your medical school experience.
Thank you to our writers for sharing your most uplifting — and your most heartbreaking — moments. In doing so, you help us paint a picture of our dreams for the future of the medical profession.
To our editors: our deepest gratitude for your enthusiasm and dedication to our vision for in-Training. It is truly an honor to be on this journey with you.
Thank you to our readers and supporters for spreading in-Training to the far reaches of the globe. We hope that you are inspired and encouraged by your future physicians. We welcome you to add your own voice to the medical student collective by sending us your contributions, suggestions and critiques.
With all of your efforts, we are bringing in-Training into a new era of engagement with the medical student community at large. Join us in our mission to use self-reflection, communication and collaboration to change the face of the physician profession.