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Getting a Head Start on Medical Education
As a group of 25 students from Ballston Spa High School wrapped up their day at Albany Med recently, the comments were fast and furious.

“Thanks for helping me figure out what I want to do with my life,” said one 10th grader. Another biology student offered: “I really learned a lot and hope to go there (Albany Medical College) someday.” A third was still marveling at the experience in the Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center, while a fourth opined about having to leave — and asked when she could return to learn more.

The Albany Medical Center Health Care Exploration Program, a partnership that has garnered accolades from area educators, launched this fall with about 50 high school students and 20 middle school students. Three groups visited Albany Med to learn about the Medical College and the many careers in health care, enhancing their experiences in the Ballston Spa Central School District’s successful Biomedical Sciences Program.

Ballston Spa District Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone, PhD, called the partnership “invaluable to the district as it addresses the emerging medical occupations and technologies and prepares students for college and careers.”

Albany Med President Jim Barba concurred, adding, “We understand what a valuable resource we are to the region and the responsibility we have to share our expertise with the communities we serve. We also believe in the power of collaboration and are pleased to partner with Ballston Spa schools to create meaningful opportunities for students to explore one of the most promising fields for careers of tomorrow — and to start charting their future today.”

Mrs. Cuomo Honored for Child Advocacy
New York’s former First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo was the guest of Albany Med recently for the dedication of the Matilda Raffa Cuomo Family Care Corridor and Mothers’ Nursing Lounge in the new NICU. The mother of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and wife of former Gov. Mario Cuomo has long been an advocate for prenatal care, breastfeeding and childhood nutrition. The naming of the corridor and lounge recognized her as a “champion of children and families from all walks of life all over the globe.”

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