Graduate Studies - Administration


Paul GraduationThe Graduate Studies Program at the Albany Medical College is responsible for the educational planning, methodology, and assessment leading to the granting of a graduate level degree.  The Program offers curricula leading to the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctorate of Professional Studies and Masters of Science degrees, and provides a stimulating environment that fosters clinical training, biomedical research and critical thinking.  In both basic science and clinical curricula, students join in the excitement of discovery and the challenges of research, and contribute meaningfully to the scientific enterprise of the Nation.


The Executive Committee oversees all graduate level educational matters including preparation of the curriculum, designation of instructional time for all programs, making rules and regulations affecting all matters that may be properly referred to as the academic affairs of the Graduate Studies Program.  With the exception of admissions decisions, all actions from the standing committees must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee. This governing body is responsible to the Committee on College Affairs of Albany Medical College, which is chaired by the Dean of the Albany Medical College.

The Vice Dean for Academic Administration is the Chair of the Executive Committee. The voting membership consists of the Director of each of the four Basic Science Graduate Departments and three Clinical Science Graduate Centers, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and the President of the Graduate Student Organization.


GSOC manages the daily operations of the Graduate Studies Program at Albany Medical College and approves all admissions. It is composed of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies (Chair), the Vice Dean for Academic Administration, the Graduate Directors from each of the four Basic Science Departments and three Clinical Science Centers and a Graduate Student Representative from the Graduate Student Organization. All actions of GSOC must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Graduate Studies Program.


The Curriculum Committee is charged with the development and maintenance of the graduate curriculum. Specific responsibilities include the review and recommendation for approval of course offerings, ensuring that curricular offerings exist in a coherent plan across Departments and Centers, and overseeing the evaluation process. The members of the Curriculum Committee include faculty members from each Graduate Department and Center and a graduate student representative from the GSO. The Curriculum Committee is advisory to the Executive Committee through GSOC.


The Progress Committee is charged with the evaluation of academic performance of each graduate student in all graduate programs to ensure compliance with standards as set forth by the Executive Committee. This committee monitors student productivity to insure that they complete their degree in a timely manner. Another basic part of their responsibility is to see that our students perform in a manner consistent with the most appropriate standards of scholarship and professional behavior (including patient safety and interactions with patients) accepted by society and the scientific professions. Any student probations or dismissals would occur through the Progress Committee. The members of the Graduate Student Progress Committee include Graduate Directors in each Department and Center, members of the Curriculum Committee, and the Vice Dean for Academic Administration as an ex-officio member. The Committee is chaired by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Because of the nature of the actions of this committee there are no student representatives on this committee. The Progress Committee is advisory to the Executive Committee through GSOC.

Poor academic achievement may lead to probation and/or dismissal from the Graduate Studies Program. Failure to maintain a GPA that meets the standards of the Graduate Studies Program and the Department or Center, or failure to pass/complete any of the required milestones are possible reasons for academic probation and/or dismissal. Students are also expected to complete their degree in a timely manner, failure to complete the requirements of the degree within the specified time frame can also result in dismissal. The Progress Committee works with the individual Centers to insure that the students are aware of impending issues and
deadlines so that the chances of a dismissal are minimized.

Issues of Professional Behavior
. If, in the judgment of the Department or Center, a student:
            a.  conducts himself/herself in a way that is unsafe, unethical, or unprofessional a failing grade may be assigned for the course/rotation/activity and a recommendation for probation or other action (including dismissal) may be made to the Progress Committee.
            b.  exhibits physical, emotional, or behavioral problems in the clinical setting that threaten patient safety the Clinical Center may suspend participation from such activities until such time as it can be determined that the problem has been resolved. Failure to resolve such problems in a reasonable period of time may result in a dismissal recommendation.
            c.  commits any act, behavior, or pattern of acts or behaviors that raises a serious question of moral turpitude, or serious concern as to the student's fitness to pursue a clinical career, a recommendation for dismissal may be made to the Progress Committee.  

In the event that a student is dismissed the student has an opportunity to appeal that decision.


The GSO provides important training opportunities for students by encouraging their active participation in College governance and policy development. The GSO represents the students' interests on a series of academic committees working closely with the faculty regarding curriculum, administration and student life.  In addition this organization hosts career development forums and panel discussions on careers in the ever-changing biological field. The GSO also contributes to the overall quality of life by sponsoring social hours, gatherings, dinners, and parties that are planned to encourage interactions with the faculty.