Health, Care and Society

Undergraduate Medical Education in “Good Doctoring"


The overarching goal of medical education at Albany Medical College (AMC) is to train new generations of physicians in a broad range of patient-centered skills and clinical competencies. Reflective of this goal, Health, Care and Society (HCS) is a required course on “good doctoring” that runs concurrently with basic science and clinical training throughout the four years of a students’ education at AMC. The course provides students with a comprehensive orientation to a wide range of professional, ethical and humanistic aspects related to the physician-patient relationship and the practice of medicine.

By the time students graduate, they will have gained insights into bedside factors, as well as broader social and cultural issues that impact patient health, illness and the delivery of care. Students learn how to attend to patient concerns related to death and dying, cultural diversity, and spirituality. Particular skills include the ability to recognize and analyze thoroughly and systematically clinical cases that present ethical issues, and to be able to recommend reasonable solutions to dilemmas and conflicts.

In short, this course prepares students to be at the forefront nationally in competencies related to the most basic components of quality medical care: understanding professional obligations and establishing a therapeutic physician-patient relationship in order to care for patients in their social and cultural contexts.

For more information, please contact Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Ph.D. at or (518) 262-0239.