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Senior College Electives

Senior Curriculum Guidelines


1. Students are required to have 36 weeks of fourth year credit to graduate. The senior year consists of ten periods of four weeks each. Required senior clerkships are Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurology/Ophthalmology, Teaching to Learn/Learning to Teach, and Clinical Selectives (choice of Family Practice, Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery).

2. Required clerkships must be spent on campus. The required Critical Care and Clinical Selectives (Family Practice and Pediatrics only) clerkships may be spent off-campus if arrangements are made with the course director in advance.

3. The equivalent of one period (four weeks) may be used as vacation time and may be scheduled in multiples of two weeks. Vacation may be substituted for additional electives on- or off-campus. A maximum of eight weeks of vacation may be taken during the fourth year for those students who participated in an elective for senior credit prior to the fourth year.

4. Students are encouraged to make their electives varied and numerous. No more than eight weeks may be utilized for electives in one specialty.

5. Because program objectives and preferences may change during the senior year, the value of retaining some degree of flexibility in elective scheduling is recognized. For this reason, an Add/Drop System is available throughout the first eight periods of the senior year; this is handled through the Office of Student Records. There are strict guidelines to follow when rearranging the senior schedule. All schedule changes for any given period of the year must be completed AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS PRIOR to the start of an elective. All schedule changes require the approval of the elective course instructor and the Advising Dean.

6. Students receiving grades of “U” or “I” for third year rotations must correct these deficiencies before the start of the fourth year.

7. Students who receive grades of “U” or ”I” for fourth year elective courses must correct these deficiencies in accordance with the recommendation of the administrative instructor and the Third and Fourth Year Promotions Committee. Remedial action may include repetition of all or part of the course work, possibly requiring withdrawal from another elective.

8. Period X is not available for off-campus electives, but may be used for vacation.

9. Off-campus electives should be planned with the assistance of the Advising Dean and in consultation with the corresponding Albany Medical College department chair. The electives must also be approved by Advising Dean.  Such approval indicates that the chosen elective is considered to be a worthwhile educational experience, that it is a reasonable selection in view of the student’s overall objectives, and that the student’s past performance has been adequate, justifying the additional responsibilities of such an undertaking. A student must be in good academic standing in order to gain approval for off-campus electives. The appropriate forms are available in the Office of Student Records.

    All off-campus electives must be approved at least four weeks prior to the date on which the elective is to begin. This requires advance planning on the part of the student. You must obtain the application form from the program to which you intend to apply, process all necessary fees and documents, and receive approval from the off-campus program prior to final approval by the Albany Medical College. Please recognize that a signature on the application form is not approval of the elective.

10. All schedules must be completed and all periods filled by the end of Period VIII. NO SCHEDULE CHANGES WILL BE MADE AFTER PERIOD VIII.

11. For the purpose of internship and residency interviews, a student in good standing and with the prior approval of the course director, may be excused for two days during a two-week elective and a total of four days during a four-week elective. If this time is to be made up during the elective, it may be done with the preceptor’s guidance. If the make-up time is made up after the elective is officially complete, it must be approved by the Advising Dean.

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