Albany Medical College Holds Commencement Ceremonies
ALBANY, N.Y., May 22, 2014 — Albany Medical College awarded 232 degrees today during commencement ceremonies at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Medical degrees (M.D.) were awarded to 138 students. In addition, 18 students received Master of Science degrees in Nurse Anesthesiology, 49 received Master of Science degrees in Physician Assistant Studies, and 13 received either Master of Science or doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences. Twelve students received master’s degrees from the Alden March Bioethics Institute, and the first two graduates from AMBI’s doctor of professional studies program received doctorates.
This year’s keynote speaker, Solomon Snyder, M.D., was one of the first to identify neurochemical receptors in the brain that control and manage pleasure and pain perceptions. He also identified opiate receptors, which are the targets of morphine and codeine, as well as heroin and other drugs of abuse. The application of Dr. Snyder's techniques has enhanced the development of new agents in the pharmaceutical industry by enabling rapid screening of large numbers of candidate drugs.
Dr. Snyder, who received the 2007 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, is the Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Snyder was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters for the work he has done for society.
Also addressing the graduates were Peter Elitzer, vice chair of the board of directors of Albany Medical Center, and Vincent Verdile, M.D., Class of 1984, dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at Albany Medical Center.
Graduate Alexander Sutton spoke on behalf of students in the graduate studies program and Stella Kyung, student council president, spoke on behalf of the medical students during the ceremony.
In July, the graduating medical students will begin their residency training at medical facilities throughout the nation, including Albany Medical Center.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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