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Two Years as the Voice of Medical Student Community

in-Training LogoAnyone 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.

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.