Visit & Study at Albany Medical College

Albany Medical College invites current fourth year medical students, in good academic standing, to participate in this competitive and reputable elective program. We offer more than 50 visiting student elective spots per year to medical students from a variety of institutions across the country.

Visiting students can browse our Curriculum pages for detailed course descriptions and more information about elective classes.

Each visiting student may participate in a maximum of two electives at Albany Medical College, with each elective lasting no more than four weeks. All elective dates requested must correspond with the college's elective periods. A student is not considered approved for an elective until they receive written confirmation from the Office of Student Records.

Room and board are the responsibility of the visiting student and are not provided by Albany Medical College.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to the start date of the requested elective period. For details on our specific elective requirements please contact the Visiting Student Coordinator.

All applications must be completed and submitted through the Association of American Medical Colleges: Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program.

Albany Medical College will only be accepting students who are eligible to apply through VSLO, and only for approved VSLO 4th year rotations. Electives may not be arranged outside of VSLO and all inquiries must be submitted to the Visiting Student Coordinator at [email protected].

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact the Visiting Student Coordinator directly at [email protected] or by calling 518-262-2929.

URiM Visiting Student Scholarship - Emergency Medicine

Albany Medical Center is committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive work environment, and the Department of Emergency Medicine is excited to announce our URiM Visiting Student Scholarship program. This scholarship targets students who are devoted to the advancement of increasing diversity in medicine and serving underserved communities.

This scholarship program will provide selected applicants with a $2000 stipend while students participate in the care of patients at the busiest Level I trauma center in the state of New York. Students will also be paired with an EM faculty mentor who will provide individual advising and assist them in navigating the road to residency. Students may also elect to receive specific leadership training at our unique academic center where the CEO and CMO of the Hospital as well as the Associate Deans of GME are all emergency medicine faculty.

  • Gaining expansive clinical experience working in the only tertiary care Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department in a 300 mile area treating a wide range of diverse pathology with 10 helicopter bases stations from the Canadian border to just north of Westchester, NY, and similarly east to west.
  • Ability to work alongside other residents while working directly with attending faculty
  • Participation in hands-on simulation learning with high-fidelity mannequins and standardized patients, as well as skills labs
  • Mentorship from an EM faculty mentor
  • The opportunity to attend all Albany Med emergency residency educational activities.
  • Visiting 4th year students in the US medical schools in good standing at an LCME accredited US medical school.
  • Students who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine, specifically those who identify with the ethnicity of Black/African American, Latino/a, Native American/Alaska Native and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. Consideration may also be given to those who are nonconforming gender identification or sexual orientation and significant socioeconomic stressors.
  • Student must have successfully completed their core MS3 rotations: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Family Medicine

Please apply to our EM Visiting Student Elective through VLSO

In addition, please also apply to our URiM Scholarship Program by emailing us directly at [email protected] for the scholarship application. Please note that there are limited funds and that submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship. We welcome any questions about the scholarship you may have.