USF MCOM students included in book of reflections from medical school

The writings of four USF Health medical students were included in the inaugural printed copy of a journal offering reflections and firsthand experiences of students across the country on their medical education journey.

The students from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine are among the dozens of students who had their written work included in the print version of in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians (Pager Publications).

USF MCOM students include third-year medical student Damien Zreibe, fourth-year students Ajay Koti and Victoria Psomiadis, and MCOM graduate Sasha Yakhkind, MD (’15).


USF MCOM student Damien Zreibe.



USF MCOM SELECT students Victoria Psomiadis and Ajay Koti

The book, in partnership with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, is designed as a resource guide for medical students and educators interested in medical education and the medical humanities. The compilation of 102 manuscripts, culled from the online magazine in-Training, presents first-person accounts by medical students of their experiences while becoming physicians, including stories from the dissection lab, in the classroom, and on the wards, reflecting on the patient-physician relationship, burnout, systemic barriers to care, and discovering passion for the healing arts.

“All of the manuscripts were written and edited by medical students, and were chosen by the editors for their humanistic merit in authentically presenting the challenges of being a physician-in-training,” said Ajay Major, MD, MBA, Albany Medical College Class of 2016 and founder and editor-in-chief emeritus of in-Training, in his letter notifying USF MCOM of the students’ inclusion.

In addition, each manuscript is accompanied by discussion questions written by the medical student editors of in-Training, and the questions were reviewed by members of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting humanism in medicine and medical education. Proceeds from the book go to Pager Publications, Inc. and will be used to pay for the website costs of in-Training. All members of the in-Training and Pager Publications editorial boards are unpaid and volunteer.