Women's health is an important aspect of medical education at Albany Medical College with progressive exposure throughout the four year curriculum. In the first year, the Reproductive and Developmental Biology Course introduces the normal anatomy, histology and physiology of the female genital system. Utilizing a life-cycle approach, development is followed from fetal life through puberty, reproduction and menopause. Clinical vignettes serve to illustrate important points and demonstrate their applications to patient care.
During the second year, the Human Reproduction Theme focuses on pathology and pathophysiology, with an introduction to clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease processes. Topics include abnormalities of fetal development, pregnancy complications, and a wide range of gynecologic conditions including infectious disease, contraception, infertility, and gynecologic malignancies. Lectures are supplemented by case discussions in small group seminars. These patient-oriented discussions allow an introduction to clinical problem-solving.
The third year clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology offers students the opportunity to begin to apply the theoretic knowledge acquired in the first two years to actual patient management. Under the supervision of resident and attending staff, students participate in the care of patients during pregnancy, labor and delivery, assist during gynecologic surgery and participate in ambulatory women's care. Didactic lectures and small group seminars provide continued discussion of important clinical issues.
A variety of electives are offered in the fourth year for further exposure to general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in subspecialty areas such as perinatology (high-risk obstetrics), infertility and reproductive endocrinology, and gynecologic oncology.