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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 one of the founders of in-Training. I am currently an internal medicine and pediatrics resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 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 then completed an MBA in Healthcare Management from Union Graduate College before attending Albany Medical College.

My passions include the medical humanities and medical education. I plan on pursuing a fellowship in medical education after residency. I am also interested in the areas of women's leadership in medicine, addressing health disparities, and providing quality primary care medicine.

I currently serve as an editor-in-chief for in-House, the online publication for residents and fellows, and a founding member of Pager Publications, a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community.

In my free time, I enjoy perusing The New Yorker, catching up on science fiction shows, wandering through museums, and long conversations with friends.


Ajay Major, MD, MBA Ajay Major, MD, MBA (12 Posts)

Founder and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

The University of Chicago

My name is Ajay Major, and I am currently a fellow in adult hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago. I am a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and finished my residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2019.

My journey into narrative medicine and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, and currently serve as editor-in-chief since 2016.

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 2014. We currently provide administrative and financial support for six publications: in-Training, in-House, The Palate, North Wing Magazine, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.

Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published four books, most recently Salve: Words For The Journey, a compilation of poetry, prose, and journaling prompts written by psychiatrist and author Monisha Vasa, MD.

I am also a lover of all things science fiction and fantasy (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite -- apologies to all you Picard fans), and I play classical piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.