Why Albany Med?
The reasons are as diverse and wide-ranging as our body of residents/fellows/attendings. Each has a particular reason for choosing this exceptional institution and below are a selection of testimonials from one of our residents & one of our attendings that was a resident here at Albany Medical Center.
Nora Perkins, M.D. and Jason Mouzakes, M.D.
Jason Mouzakes, M.D.
Attending Union College, I had the opportunity to meet my future wife. Shortly after meeting me and dating, my wife learned of my aspirations to become a physician. My plan of study would lead to an accelerated track ending in a four-year stay at Albany Medical College. Having grown up in the greater Boston area, my wife was looking forward to the completion of medical school in hopes of life in a bigger city. I have to admit, my experience as a youngster growing up on Long Island swayed me away from the Capital Region. Completing my formative medical school years left me with a positive impression on the academic strengths of our institution and thus I chose to stay for residency. Knowing that my commitment included a five-year training experience, my wife was agreeable, but again thoughts of life elsewhere loomed large.
As an inspiring Pediatric Otolaryngologist I chose to complete my training at the Children's Hospital in Seattle Washington. During our year in the Northwest, our family had a tremendous opportunity to experience life elsewhere. While we enjoyed our year in a world-class city, we recalled with tremendous fondness our years in the Albany Region. Specifically I realized the great emphasis on academic excellence within our rich educational tradition here at Albany Med. Without further hesitation, we returned in 2001 and I since have cultivated an exceptionally busy and rewarding practice in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Albany and the greater Capital Region is a "Best Kept Secret" which allows for significant professional development as well as an exceptional way of life. Our Unique location at the crossroads of the upstate region permits diversity of medical pathology, and for me, has accelerated my career as a leading expert in the realm of Pediatric Otolaryngology. I sincerely thank Albany Medical Center Hospital for allowing me the continued privilege of service.
Nora Perkins, M.D.
While attending Albany Medical College, I was able to experience the cohesiveness of the Otolaryngology division firsthand. The residents and faculty worked together in a fashion which promoted open discussion, close personal interaction and fostered a familiar relationship. Most notably, I did not perceive the antiquated hierarchical system, which I had often witnessed in other similar programs, and which seemed to limit residents' ability to comfortably interact with each other and their faculty. It was these observations and experiences that led me to pursue my residency in Albany. I'm pleased to admit that I have not been disappointed with my decision. Thus far, my residency training has incorporated an excellent operative and clinical experience, along with a comfortable, yet respectful working environment. The residents interact well together both in the professional environment, as well as socially, where we are like an extended family to one another. I look forward to my next few years of residency and feel confident that I will leave this program well prepared for either fellowship, or general otolaryngology practice.