Interview with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul – in-Training


New History & Physical podcast by kvnwng, amolutrankar, and thebiopsy:

There’s a lot going on social media regarding sharing information, discussion and, most importantly, authorship. The typical notion of publication in medicine — getting an article or paper in a prestigious journal with high impact factor — is falling to the wayside as the democratization of information renders researchers, physicians and medical students more accessible.

We had a chance to talk with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul, two enterprising medical students from Albany Medical College, on how they are contributing to that movement. The duo are the founders and editors-in-chief of in-Training, our collaborators for this podcast, and are bent on creating a space online where medical student voices can be heard.

Check out this awesome new episode of The History and Physical with the founders of in-Training magazine, Aleena Paul and Ajay Major!

Hey Roheet, I really love reading your blog! I was wondering, if you could recommend any book or essays or videos, that could help in my understanding of the economics of healthcare systems. I know that is a very wide net to cast, but as an individual who did her undergrad in a biological science, I find technological & scientific progress in medicine easier to process but my knowledge of the economic/business aspect of healthcare is lacking. Any advice would be great :)

Asked by sans-maps

Great question!

Much of the economics of health care have to do with health policy. If you can read about health policy, you’ll have a good idea of the environment in which the business of health care is structured. 

The Health Care Handbook is a good book to give you a cursory introduction. It’s well written, concise, and well reviewed.

Hacking Healthcare was also recommended to me over Twitter. 

If you’re interested in technological innovation, I would suggest looking at books outside of medicine. Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma (which I am currently working my way through) is considered a seminal study in technological disruption through various industries. Health care is certainly one of those industries ripe for change.

The Health Care Blog is also a great resource for pieces on high-level health care thinking. They even have a section called The Business of Health Care. 

I hope that helps!

You give me hope that everything will work out. I will be entering college next year and I am beyond worried about how long I should spend in undergrad and whether the class load I take will be good enough for me to be done in 3 years. I am scared because I don't know what's going to happen. I am scared because I don't think I did enough. But your blog and the familiarity with which you write calms me down. Thank you.

Asked by ilooklikealady

I receive a fair amount of comments and questions in my inbox, but this comment’s first sentence stopped me in my tracks. 

Hope is an incredibly potent feeling and the fact that I provide you that is stupendously humbling and gratifying. This is one of the most heartwarming compliments I have ever received. So, no, thank you.

I, too, am scared because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I, too, am scared that I don’t do enough. That I’m not a good enough son, a good enough brother, a good enough cousin, a good enough doctor-in-training, a good enough runner, exerciser, conversationalist, writer, thinker, dreamer. I was scared when I started college. I am still scared to this day. 

I don’t say that to further frighten you, though. Rather, I say that to show you that being scared doesn’t have to dominate your thoughts. Uncertainty will always permeate the things we do, but we learn to take chances; to take the harder class, to run for class president, to befriend a stranger, to flirt with the cute student in your row, to love a girl a thousand miles away and lose her regardless, to cry so we can be happy, to be internally honest so we can transform into our better selves.

As you enter college, you can approach uncertainty with trepidation or you can approach it as a learning experience. If you can accept risk and act in the face of it - that’s courage.

And, gosh, I hope you’re courageous. I hope you choose courage time and time again, because that makes you no less than a hero. Because opening your heart up to new experiences, no matter how painful the consequences, will make you a better person in the long run. Live life, risk and all. Ride the highs, climb out of the lows, coast in between. In twenty years, you will reflect and smile because everything will have brought you to where you are now.

And, right now, everything is hopeful. Don’t focus on this next stage as risk. Focus on it as opportunity.

You will be great, you will be courageous, and you will thrive.

Oh My Lord

The end of October/early November is going to be a busy busy time.

Oct. 27th - Start a new block in med school.
Oct. 29th - Fly to the Bay Area. Catch up on things I missed.
Oct. 30th - Deliver a talk at Stanford School of Medicine on medical education, technology, and culture shift. (If that kind of stuff interests you, register for this FREE Stanford course. You’ll see me talk!)
Oct. 31st - Fly back to Portland and catch up on school work.
Nov. 1st - Go to University of Oregon v. Stanford football game.
Nov. 2nd - Drive back to Portland. Catch up on school work. Study butt off.
Nov. 3rd - Resume studying butt off.
Nov. 4th - Take a test on things I studied my butt off on (officially the most awkward sentence I’ve ever written).
Nov. 5th - Continue studying butt off.
Nov. 10th - Pretend like I’m a doctor at an OSCE.
Nov. 11th - Furiously study butt off.
Nov. 12th - Take another test on things I studied by butt off on. Immediately collapse after turning in test and proceed to nap on lecture hall floor while sobbing tears of sweet joy.

It’s a miracle I’m surviving medical school without coffee.

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