Thank you for your interest in the Albany Medical Center Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency program.
As a graduate of Albany Medical College, staying on as a resident at AMC in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics was an easy choice to make after seeing the caliber of the residents, how well prepared they came out of the program to pursue their career goals, and the outstanding Medicine/Pediatric faculty.
First of all, I instantly recognized the exceptional quality of the Internal Med/Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Having a combined clinic, staffed only with Internal Medicine/Pediatric attendings, is one of the strongest elements of our program. Clinic is an opportunity for the residents to have our own space, which we truly value. This year, a newly developed Internal Medicine/Pediatric curriculum was initiated that occurs once a month for all of our residents and focuses on outpatient management of common pediatric and medicine conditions, as well as Board Review to ensure everyone feels well prepared to take both Board exams upon graduation. Our newest program director, Dr. Verrico, has been instrumental in advocating for the Internal Medicine/Pediatric residents and is active in improving the curriculum.
We certainly have our own identity as Internal Medicine/Pediatric residents, but we are very fortunate to have strong support from two strong programs. The Pediatrics department has recently launched a two week Community Advocacy Program for those residents who are interested. Also in this past year, the Pediatric curriculum has undergone a major overhauling, which now includes the most up-to-date reading based on the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. During training in the Internal Medicine department, you will be assured to see a wide variety of pathologies and learn to effectively manage them. As a regional referral center, the sickest of the sick in the area come to AMC, and we have a VA hospital right next door as well. Clinical training is well rounded with bi-monthly Grand Rounds and daily case reports that focus on clinical problem solving.
AMC itself is also undergoing major expansion in order to better serve the community, with a new patient tower which will include a new NICU and new MICU. Our clinic and the hospital have Electronic Medical Records to help deliver exceptional care.
Not only are our residents training to be well rounded physicians, but our residents are well rounded people, with enough time to continue to pursue our hobbies (even me, as a resident, wife and a mom!) We have runners, tennis players, jujitsu stars, and foodies who love to go out with friends and enjoy the food and entertainment that surrounds Albany. We have made it a habit to go to dinner after REDD as it is a time in which we can all be together and catch up. We have also gone apple picking in the fall, enjoyed baseball games and the Saratoga race track in the summer, and skiing in the winter. I think you will find that most of us don’t just look at each other as coworkers but as friends and often we see each other more doing things together outside of the hospital than working together as residents in the hospital.
Our Internal Medicine/Pediatric residents are lucky enough to experience the teaching of both departments, but we stand apart with a specific Internal Medicine/Pediatric curriculum that enhances our ability to be well-rounded, capable and compassionate physicians. Joining the Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency in AMC has not been just joining a group of residents, but it truly has been more like joining a family.
We look forward to meeting you.
Medicine/Pediatrics Chief Resident
Chief Resident 2012 - 2013