Members of the Department of Family Practice teach and practice family-oriented primary care at Albany Medical Center. The Department maintains a model family practice center within a short distance of the Medical Center. In addition, many community-based family physicians are actively involved in the teaching programs.
Medical students have the opportunity to interact with family practice faculty members and residents throughout the four years of medical school. Faculty members participate in several interdepartmental and conjoint courses offered to first- and second-year students. In addition, first- and second-year students may schedule noncredit afternoon or evening attendance with faculty members at the Family Practice Center.
Third-year students gain valuable clinical experience during a six-week clerkship at one of the many affiliated family practice clinics in the Capital Region. A full senior elective program is also offered by the Family Practice Department. Senior students from other medical colleges are accepted into those elective courses when openings exist.
A Predoctoral Training Grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Service Administration, provides student stipends and travel support for summer preceptorships and research experiences in family practice.
Students interested in any of these opportunities should inquire at the office of the Department of Family Practice.