Albany Medical College PATHWAYS TO BECOMING A PHYSICIAN AT ALBANY MEDIACAL COLLEGE
CONTACT INFORMATION
THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT ADVENTURE
WHY ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE?
THE PATHWAY OF MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY
AN EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH
AN EMPHASIS ON LEADERSHIP
AN EMPHASIS ON SERVICE
A FOCUS ON THE SCIENCE OF DRUG DEVELOPMENT
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
WHY ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE?
ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE
There are many fine medical schools in the United States and abroad, so why choose the Albany Medical College? Three key areas set AMC apart: curriculum, community, and balance.

The curriculum is a four year continuum, integrating the basic and clinical sciences. Basic sciences are organized into conceptual or organ system modules. In the first year, they concentrate on normal structure and function. In the second year, the modules focus on the abnormal. Using clinical case materials, students integrate their understanding of normal and abnormal conditions to develop a logical approach to clinical care. Patient contact begins early; as freshman you will learn how to interview and examine patients.

Between the second and third years, students are introduced to the practical skills—such as starting IVs and drawing blood, applying casts, suturing, and CPR—that they will use in the following year. Standardized patient encounters help students to refine their history-taking, physical examination, and communication skills. In addition to caring for hospitalized patients, the third year focuses on ambulatory care in a variety of settings: urban, managed care, and private practice. In the fourth year, students rotate through hospital-based clerkships in preparation for residency and practice.

Innovative longitudinal modules that span three or four years of the student’s medical education are an important part of the AMC curriculum. “Health Care and Society” introduces students to the psychosocial, humanistic, ethical and legal aspects of care. “Evidence Based Health Care” emphasizes managed care, the health care system, epidemiology, biostatics and the principles of evidence based medicine while preparing students for life-long learning. “Clinical Skills Laboratory” teaches interviewing, physical diagnostic skills, procedures, and laboratory medicine. “Nutrition” helps correlate the basic sciences with the nutritional requirements of health and disease.

But AMC is not a medical college where learning is the only dimension of a student’s life. Beyond its role as an academic institution, AMC is a vital, nurturing, and supportive community. There is an esprit de corps that is evident among the faculty, students, and administration alike that creates a palpable sense of belonging. To ease the transition and adjustment to medical school, there is a mentoring program in which entering students are paired with second year peer advisors who help them meet the challenges of that critical first year. Although the backgrounds of students entering AMC are often amazingly diverse, they quickly form lasting friendships that become part of the web of support.

AMC also recognizes the need for balance. It’s true that during your medical education, you will work incredibly hard and will be constantly challenged intellectually, but there is time and opportunity for fun, friendship, and relaxation to restore wholeness in your life. For example, you’ll find an active student government and newspaper, more than 40 clubs and organizations, ranging from an outdoors club to ballroom dancing, and ample opportunity for participating in richly rewarding community service activities.

Through an outstanding curriculum, a community of support, and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, Albany Medical College offers a superb and unique learning environment.
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