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Minimum Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC. Section 794) prohibits a recipient of federal financial assistance from denying benefits to an otherwise qualified handicapped person solely because of his or her handicap. Albany Medical College is a recipient of federal financial assistance and also, on principle, opposes discrimination. No qualified handicapped person shall be excluded from participation, admission, matriculation, or denied benefits or subjected to discrimination solely by reason of his or her handicap. Pursuant to federal regulations for postsecondary educational institutions, a handicapped person can be required to meet the institution's "academic and technical standards." The Admissions Committee and Promotions Committee will not discriminate against qualified handicapped individuals but will expect applicants and students to meet certain minimum academic and technical standards.

The holder of an MD degree must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to carry out the activities described below, candidates for the MD degree must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately integrate all information received and they must have the ability to learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data.

A candidate for the MD degree must have certain specified abilities and skills including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual-integrative; quantitative; behavioral; and social. Technological compensation can be made for some handicaps in certain of these areas but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.


Observation
Candidates and students must have sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments, and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences. They must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.


Communication
Candidates and students should be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, examine patients, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. They must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. They must also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.


Motor
Candidates and students should have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds, and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers.


Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative
These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates and students should be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.


Behavioral and Social
Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercises of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Candidates and students must be able to tolerate physically taxing work loads and to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.

Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and educational processes.

 

Insurance Policy

In order to comply with the policy of Albany Medical College (AMC) all students are required to have health insurance while in attendance. Students are not required to participate in the plan that is offered through AMC, but must provide proof of comparable coverage (minimum benefit level must be similar to the AMC sponsored plan). Medical insurance will be provided by the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP) plan to students without coverage, or whose coverage is deemed unacceptable. If a waiver is deemed unacceptable, the student will be required to enroll in the AMC sponsored plan immediately. The only acceptable reasons to waive out of the Medical plan are:

 

Student is covered under a parent’s group insurance;

Student is covered under a spouse’s group insurance; or

Student is covered by Medicaid

 

 

Individually purchased Medical plans are NOT acceptable.


Immunization Requirements
To comply with New York State Law, Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and policies of Albany Medial College, all students must provide proof of immunity to certain diseases and have an annual physical. These specific requirements are listed below and must be met prior to matriculation.

Rubeola (Measles), Mumps and Rubella (German Measles) For the purposes of the college immunization law, physician-documented proof of immunity for measles, mumps and rubella shall mean the following:

Measles:  Serological evidence of immunity -titer reports MUST be provided.
Rubella: Serological evidence of immunity -titer reports MUST be provided.
Mumps: Serological evidence of immunity -titer reports MUST be provided.

Chicken Pox/Varicella: In the absence of physician documentation of having had the disease, two (2) doses of varicella vaccine or serological evidence of immunity.

Tuberculosis: Skin test(s) (PPD) annually.

Hepatitis B: Students must receive Hepatitis B vaccinations or sign a letter of declination. For those applicants not previously immunized against Hepatitis B, Albany Medical College offers vaccinations free of charge. If, however, a student begins the Hepatitis B immunization series and fails to complete it, the student will be charged for the vaccinations received.

Physical Examination: Required prior to matriculation and annually thereafter.

Tuition Policy for Noncitizens
Students who are not citizens of this country are ineligible for most sources of state and federal financial aid. This applies to applicants holding student visas, nonresident aliens and political refugees. The potential thus exists for this group of applicants to encounter difficulty in financing the cost of a medical education.

Albany Medical College must be assured that tuition payments can be made in a timely manner and that a student's education will not be interrupted due to an inability to pay. The following conditions are placed upon an offer of admission made to a noncitizen:

Noncitizens who do not hold permanent resident visas will be required to pay a full year's tuition at the beginning of each academic year. The advance tuition (2nd semester) will be placed in an escrow account and the interest accrued will be paid to the applicant.

If a student withdraws for any reason, the monies placed in escrow will be returned in accordance with the tuition refund policy.

Students must also provide reliable documentation that they have adequate financial resources to meet expenses during the academic year. These funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, the student's family, or personal resources. Our school must be satisfied that these funds are guaranteed at least for the student's first year of study and that, barring unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years.

Accepted applicants who indicate that they are "permanent residents" of the United States will be required to provide a photocopy of their permanent (green) card. They will be subject to the same tuition policy imposed on other noncitizens if their green card has an expiration date occurring earlier than the expected date of graduation.


Transfer Policy
Albany Medical College students who wish to transfer to other medical colleges will be supported only under the following conditions:

  • The circumstances that have led to a request for transfer must be compelling.
  • Intention to transfer must be declared by the student by February 1 of the year that an application is to be initiated.
  • There will be a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 payable on February 1 to cover the transfer process.
  • Students in the following categories will be supported only if their reasons for transferring are exceptions:

- Students enrolled in the joint programs with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College, and Siena College.

- Students who have transferred into Albany Medical College with advanced standing from other schools.

- Students who have been awarded Albany Medical College administered student aid.


Leave of Absence
Occasionally, students request a Leave of Absence from their studies for reasons unrelated to disciplinary action, Promotions Committee decisions or Extended Curriculum. Personal, medical, remedial or family considerations are the reasons most frequently offered.

Students who seek a Leave of Absence should contact their Advising Dean to initiate a Leave request and to determine what documentation should be provided. The Advising Dean will consider each case on its individual merit, keeping in mind the requirements of a sound educational program and the personal needs of the petitioner.


Animal Use Policy
Albany Medical Center's mission is to deliver the very best patient care, medical education and research with the ultimate goal of preserving and enhancing life wherever possible. To fulfill this mission, Albany Medical College recognizes the need to use animals for research and teaching. Most of the major advances in understanding disease, its prevention, diagnosis and treatment have resulted from animal studies. Examples of this are the development for human use of insulin, penicillin, polio vaccine, cardiac catheters and pacemakers, cardiac valve replacement, coronary bypass surgery, and numerous prosthetic implants such as artificial joints. Research to better understand the dilemmas of human medical problems has often resulted in advances in the treatment of injury and illness in animals.

The proper training of physicians and medical scientists may also require the use of animals for learning exercises. Textbooks and computer models can provide only a partial understanding of life processes that are fundamental to learning the biomedical sciences.

At Albany Medical Center, all who are involved in research and education take the responsibility for the humane and proper care of animals very seriously. Our animal care facility is accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) and supervised by licensed veterinary staff with special training in the care of laboratory animals. The animals are fed nutritionally balanced diets and maintained in clean, safe environments. The animal use protocols can only be initiated after careful review and approval by an institutional committee, which includes a community representative with no affiliation to the Medical College. The goal of the Committee is to reduce, wherever possible, the use of animals in research and education to those situations where there are no appropriate alternatives.

All animals are cared for according to the strictly defined guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health and the United States Public Health Service. Our researchers comply with all state and federal regulations pertaining to use of animals in research. The Director of the Animal Resources Facility, a New York State licensed veterinarian certified as a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, serves as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. This Committee reviews all research and educational proposals that involve animals and insures that the research is necessary, that the animals do not suffer unnecessary discomfort, pain or injury and that the animals receive humane and proper care and treatment.

Albany Medical College continues to recognize the need for the use of animals in biomedical research and education. Citizens of this nation and future generations deserve the best that biomedical research can bring in better understanding a disease, its prevention and treatment. There are many conditions that continue to afflict our society, such as AIDS, cancer, heart disease, and birth defects. The answer for these disorders may be found through biomedical research involving the use of animals.

Alcohol Policy
It is the policy of Albany Medical Center and all components and subsidiaries that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, dispensation, possession or use of an illegal drug or alcoholic beverage is prohibited in the workplace and classroom. Faculty, staff and students must not report for duty under the influence of an illegal drug or alcoholic beverage.

Faculty and staff will be required as a condition of employment to notify their Chairman/Supervisor in writing of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) calendar days after such conviction.

Students will be required, as a condition of their acceptance into Albany Medical College or any affiliated academic program sponsored by the Medical Center, to notify the Dean/Program Administrator, in writing, within five (5) calendar days of a conviction of violations occurring on campus.

Alcoholic beverages may be served at Center-sponsored functions (on- and off-site) only with the written approval of the CEO or designee. Alcoholic beverages at these functions will be served only to persons aged 21 and over. Anyone who is apparently intoxicated or is behaving in an intoxicated manner is not to be served alcoholic beverages. No person is to purchase for, provide for or give alcohol to anyone under 21. Individuals under the age of 21 (whether or not they are affiliated with the Medical Center) who are found to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage may be subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, as well as Medical Center policies. All events and activities where alcohol is served must have appropriate licenses and/or permits as required by state and local regulations. At events where alcoholic beverages are available appropriate amounts of nonalcoholic beverages and food also must be available. Double proof of age is required. The following are acceptable forms of proof:

  • Driver's license
  • Laminated ID from a college/university/employer
  • Sheriff or police ID
  • Birth certificate

Any member of the Albany Medical College community, faculty, staff or student body who fails to abide by this policy will be subject to corrective action up to and including termination/expulsion in accordance with Personnel Relations Policies, Administrative Policies and Directives or the Student Honor Code. Additional sanctions may include referral for counseling and/or completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program. Referral for criminal prosecution also may occur.

This policy applies to full-time, part-time and temporary faculty, staff and students who are employed by the Center or enrolled in the College or any affiliated academic program sponsored by Albany Medical Center.