Future Physician
      HOME     APPLY NOW     CONTACT US  
   
Albany Medical College
 
CONTENTS
CHOOSING A CAREER IN MEDICINE
THE AMC EXPERIENCE
A DYNAMIC LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI & VISITORS
AN ACTIVE FACULTY
LIFE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
A SPECIAL QUALITY OF LIFE
APPLYING TO ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ALBANY MED



   Hear From Some of Our Students

    
    AN INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM
             
Students participate in the esteemed White Coat Ceremony--a tradition which initiates their medical education and outlines their roles and responsibilities as physicians.
Students participate in the esteemed White Coat Ceremony--a tradition which initiates their medical education and outlines their roles and responsibilities as physicians.
Students participate in the esteemed White Coat Ceremony--a tradition which initiates their medical education and outlines their roles and responsibilities as physicians.
  Facing the Challenges
In their effort to meet the challenges of making patient services as efficient and cost-effective as possible, primary care providers are being asked to play an increasingly important role in the delivery of health care. At the same time, specialists must gain a better understanding of the primary care physician's role - an understanding that will foster a collaborative spirit and encourage supportive professional relationships between primary care physicians and specialists.

Preparing Better Physicians
Placing itself on the leading edge of medical education, Albany Medical College became one of the first medical schools to respond to the changing health care needs of our nation. We did so by restructuring our curriculum to better address contemporary issues in health care while simultaneously providing a solid clinical and scientific education.
     Today's curriculum focuses specifically on the principles and practices of "comprehensive care" - health care that addresses the full spectrum of patient needs, from medical and preventative to palliative and psychosocial.

Features of Albany Medical College's Curriculum
Integrating Basic and Clinical Sciences to Support a Problem-Solving Approach to Learning
You'll gain basic science education in a coordinated and integrated manner that spans all four years of medical school, systematically increasing your basic science knowledge within the context of clinical medicine. The teaching of clinical medicine at the College emphasizes strategies of evidence-based medicine, providing a learning environment that focuses on developing problem-solving skills. The curriculum encourages a logical approach to clinical care - an approach that fine tunes your observation and reasoning abilities.
     Basic science concepts are divided into themes or "modules" that are most often organ-based. Taught in conjunction with clinical case experiences, these modules come together to form the foundation of your clinical education. In your first year, you will combine basic science instruction with clinical cases to focus on normal function. Your second year will use clinical cases to further expand your knowledge, this time focusing primarily on abnormal function and the disease state.

Fostering Human Understanding
Our curriculum places great importance on understanding and addressing patient needs and vulnerabilities; patients are at the center of every educational program and experience. Particular attention is devoted to the dynamics of patient-doctor relationships, especially within the context of today's challenging health care world. The intricate association between physicians and other health care professionals is also explored.
     Albany Medical College's people and programs place you in situations that are conducive to developing the human aspects of medicine. You might oversee the care of young families or older adults, or you might find yourself out in the community as a volunteer, serving as a vital advocate of patient needs.

Fostering Life-Long Learning
To best serve patients, families, and communities in the 21st century, physicians will need to understand the intricacies of the health care system, the constraints on third party payers, and the efficacy of technological advances. Albany Medical College's curriculum includes a module that addresses these needs. We familiarize you with the tools necessary to practice evidence-based medicine, develop your ability to critically evaluate the medical literature, and teach you to analyze the benefits, risks, and costs of care. The curriculum encourages you to integrate these skills into your professional lives.

Focusing on the Needs of Patients in a Variety of Settings
Working with men and women trained to portray patients, the College's faculty and staff help you develop a patient centered approach to care. Beginning in your first year of medical school, you'll practice clinical skills in the safe setting of our Clinical Competency Center. In the third year, these skills are fine-tuned in multiple ambulatory care situations. In your fourth year, you will have a more hospital-based experience, helping prepare you for the responsibilities of a residency and practice. Throughout all four years, you will also have opportunities to explore non-clinical aspects of medicine, including medical ethics and the psychosocial issues of patient care.