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Graduate Studies Program

Life After Graduate Studies


The recent Alumni Newsletter AMC Grad Alumni Newsletter by Nicole Bowens PhD CNN 2014 summarizes where some of our graduate have gone, both geographically and vocationally.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS - Following completion and graduation from a Ph.D. Degree program, the postdoctoral fellowship is a period of apprenticeship meant to advance the professional career of research scientists. With guidance of the mentor in whose laboratory the fellow works, the postdoctoral fellow will enhance his/her knowledge base, management skills and research and other skills necessary for a satisfying, productive and successful professional career. In order to initiate the fellowship, the fellow and the mentor must develop an agreement that outlines the objectives, requirements, time frame and outcomes of the fellowship experience. An annual review of the fellow's performance will be required. The fellow will also evaluate their experience from their perspective on an annual basis in order to assure that the fellowship is successful. Documentation of the reviews must be filed with the Center Director. Individual AMC health insurance will be provided.

ADMISSION TO THE STUDY OF MEDICINE AT THE ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE - Graduate students cannot apply for admission to the M.D. degree program of the Albany Medical College before the start of the academic year in which all of the requirements for their Ph.D. or M.S. degree are expected to be completed. The last date for defense of thesis is August 1st. All revisions must be completed and the thesis submitted for binding to the Schaffer Library prior to matriculation. Failure to meet either of these deadlines will result in forfeiture of the student's acceptance to the Albany Medical College M.D. degree program. Completion of a graduate degree program at Albany Medical College does not assure admission to the M.D. Program, although the Albany Medical College Admissions Committee may consider accomplishments by a student in the Graduate Studies Program.

CLINICAL SCIENCES - Graduates of AMCs Center for Physician Assistant Studies can expect to have met the Center’s goals, which are: to graduate competent Physician Assistants, prepared to practice in underserved, rural and culturally diverse settings; and equipped to engage in the scholarly activities of the profession.


As an AMC graduate you can expect to be employed as a physician assistant immediately upon completing certification and licensing.  The Physician Assistant profession is one of the fastest growing in the country and demand for AMC graduates far exceeds the supply.  However, as an AMC graduate, you can expect to be, not merely employable, but to be competent.  In surveys for the last 5 years, 96% of employer’s responses rated AMC graduates adequately or better prepared.


Second, as an AMC student you will have been prepared and encouraged to choose to practice with patients in underserved, rural, and culturally diverse settings.  Every graduate will have had the opportunity to learn skills for working in these settings and upon graduation will have completed at least two clinical rotations with these patients. 


Finally, you will be a life-long learner, equipped by training and practice to assess the medical literature and apply new knowledge, as it is discovered, in caring for your patients.  As an AMC student you will have successfully achieved this goal through preparing and presenting a publication-quality poster as a graduation requirement.