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Albany Medical College reserves up to 50 places in its first-year class for students matriculating via combined degree programs with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College and Siena College.

Physician Scientist Program
Albany Medical College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offer an accelerated Biomedical Program that enables qualified individuals to complete requirements of both the BS and MD degrees in seven calendar years. Three years of study are carried out at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute followed by a four-year course of study at Albany Medical College. Medical research is a focus of this program and is carried out at the medical school during the third year at Rensselaer and during the first and second years at Albany Medical College. The goal of this program is to prepare physicians who will advance the practice of medicine through their clinical skills combined with their understanding and ability to carry out health care research. Awarding of the MD degree is contingent upon successful completion of both the undergraduate and medical school curriculum requirements.

Admission to the Physician Scientist Program is limited to individuals who have not initiated full-time undergraduate study and who display the motivation, maturity, and intellectual capacity necessary to pursue an accelerated course of study.

Applications are initially reviewed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Applications of candidates who meet the program standards of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are forwarded to Albany Medical College for further review. Since it is impossible to interview all qualified applicants, only applicants with uniformly superior academic credentials and test scores as well as relevant backgrounds are invited to the required interview at the Medical College. The interview provides applicants with the opportunity to learn more about this innovative program and for the committee to assess their readiness to undertake such an enriched program.

Applicants must complete secondary school with superior scholastic credentials. Course work must include: four years of English; one year each of biology, physics and chemistry; four years of mathematics through pre-calculus The Scholastic Aptitude Tests: SAT I and SAT II in mathematics (level I, level IC, level II or level IIC), writing; and science (physics, chemistry, biology, or biology E/M) are required. In lieu of the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, the American College Test (ACT) scores may be submitted. All tests must be completed by the November test date prior to the proposed September matriculation. Applications must be filed and completed by
November 1. Admission to the program is limited to citizens of the United States. Requests for further information and applications for admission to the program should be addressed to:

Admissions Office
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180-3590
Phone: (518) 276-6216
Fax: (518) 276-4072
E-mail: admissions@rpi.edu
Website: http://admissions.rpi.edu

Leadership in Medicine Program
Union College and Albany Medical College offer a joint program enabling qualified students to earn both the BS, MS, or MBA and MD degrees in eight years. Awarding of the MD degree is contingent upon successful completion of all requirements at both Union College and Albany Medical College.

The curriculum stresses thorough undergraduate preparation in both the sciences, humanities, and health care management. The requirements of an interdepartmental major "a nonscience discipline" as well as ten courses in health care management provide the opportunity to acquire a breadth of knowledge and understanding not typically found in premedical programs. The goal of this program is to prepare physicians who will be leaders capable of addressing the managerial, moral, multicultural and international challenges facing American medicine in the twenty-first century.

Admission to the Leadership in Medical Program is limited to individuals who have not initiated full-time undergraduate study and who display the motivation, maturity, and intellectual capacity necessary to pursue an accelerated course of study.

Applications are initially reviewed by Union College. Applications of candidates who meet the program standards of Union College are forwarded to Albany Medical College for further review. Invitations to interview will be extended  to select applicants with uniformly superior academic credentials and test scores, as well as relevant backgrounds. The interview will provide an opportunity to assess the applicant's motivation for medicine, level of maturity, and personal development.

Candidates must complete secondary school with superior scholastic credentials. Course work must include four years of English, three years of mathematics through trigonometry and one year each of biology and chemistry.  The Scholastic Aptitude Tests: SAT I and SAT II in mathematics (level I, level IC, level II, or level IIC); writing and science (physics, chemistry, biology, or biology E/M) are required. In lieu of the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, the American College Test (ACT) scores may be submitted. All tests must be completed by the December test date prior to the proposed September matriculation. An application for admission must be filed and completed prior to December 1. Admission to the program is limited to citizens of the United States. Requests for further information and applications for admission to this Program should be addressed to:

Admissions Office
Union College
Schenectady, New York 12308-9968
Phone: (888) 843-6688
E-mail: admissions@union.edu
Website: www.union.edu/admissions

Science, Humanities and Medicine Program
An early assurance program with Siena College, the first of its kind in the country, places emphasis on humanities, ethics and social service. Students accepted into this program will earn a BA degree from Siena after four years of study and an MD degree from the Albany Medical College upon completion of the medical curriculum. Successful completion of all undergraduate degree requirements is necessary before matriculation into medical school.

In addition to the traditional science courses that provide a firm foundation for the basic medical sciences, students in this program will take more humanities courses at Siena than in traditional premedical programs. Included in the curriculum are courses in philosophy, ethics, decision making, social work, medical sociology and metaphysics. Through this coursework, interactions with faculty and personal experiences, students will learn that every medical issue has an ethical dimension which requires a broadly educated physician.

Unique aspects of this program include two summers spent in volunteer service. Grants are available for travel and living expenses. During the summer between the junior and senior year at Siena, students are engaged in nonmedical work with the disadvantaged in settings such as urban ghettos or developing nations. During the summer following the second year of medical school, medically oriented volunteer experiences may be sought in rural or inner city clinics.

Competitive applicants are well-rounded women and men who have compiled strong academic records. Of equal importance is the student's demonstrated concern for others and for the community as exhibited in volunteer activities. Personal characteristics of the successful applicant include maturity, motivation, organizational talent and leadership skills.

High school seniors interested in this program must initially file an application with Siena College. An application for admission must be filed and completed by November 15. Those candidates who are selected for interview will receive an application from Albany Medical College. Admission to the program is limited to citizens of the United States.  Offers of acceptance are jointly offered by both schools. Satisfactory academic performance at Siena and a continued commitment to the goals of the program will ensure a smooth progression from the undergraduate school to the medical school. Requests for further information and applications for admission to this program should be addressed to:

Office of Admissions
Siena College
Loudonville, New York 12211-1462
Phone: (888) 287-4362
E-mail: admissions@siena.edu
Website: www.siena.edu

MD/PhD Program
A combined program of study which leads to the awarding of both an MD and PhD degree is available to students who wish to pursue a career in research and academic medicine. Such programs usually take six or seven years to complete. Students complete the first two years of medical school followed by a second two or three year period of graduate study and thesis preparation and a final two years of ambulatory and hospital-based clinical clerkships. Stipends are available to cover tuition and defray expenses during the years when a student is enrolled as a PhD candidate.

Application to this program is generally made during the freshman or sophomore year of medical school.  Additional information is available by contacting the Graduate Studies Program Office at (518) 262-5253.

MD-MPH
The MD-MPH  is available for medical students at AMC in conjunction with the University at Albany.  Students can apply after they have been admitted to the medical school, usually during their first or second year.  The program prepares the students to become physicians who have the skills to address both clinical and public health problems.  The degree can be completed in five years with the MPH coursework completed during the summers and the third year of study.

Extended Curriculum
Certain students will wish to enlarge the scope of their undergraduate medical education beyond the customary four years and perhaps beyond the resources of this medical college campus. The possible areas of study will certainly include the biological, behavioral and social sciences, clinical medicine, public health, health administration, history, philosophy, and the arts and humanities.

Any student who participates in this program continues to be the academic responsibility of Albany Medical College. Each student will have assigned an Albany Medical College faculty preceptor.

A student is eligible to apply for an Extended Curriculum after the satisfactory completion of one, two or three years of medical school. Curriculum extensions will be for one academic year and may be renewed for a second year. A student wishing to apply for an Extended Curriculum must submit a written proposal to the Office of Academic Affairs no later than April 1 for the following year. The proposal should include the purposes, methods, location(s) and name of the faculty member who will be the preceptor. The Office of Academic Affairs will review the proposal and present it with any supporting information for the appropriate action to the Executive Committee of the Academic Governing Council. Further information about this program is available through the Office of Academic Affairs at (518) 262-5487.

Five-Year Medical Curriculum
It is permissible for a medical student to interrupt a regular course of study after satisfactory completion of the first two years of medical school in order to undertake special research activities for a period of one year in one of the basic science departments. Such permission is granted upon request of the student and the chair of the department in which special work is to be conducted. Fellowships may be available for qualified students. It is also possible for student participants to complete work for a master's degree in one of the basic medical sciences during this year.