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Albany Medical College

Medical School

Mailing Address
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York 12208
Phone
(518) 262-3125
Email address
admissions@mail.amc.edu
School Information
"Albany Medical College was founded in 1839 with an initial enrollment of 57 students. Despite the many changes and developments that have occurred over the years, the College still maintains a policy of limiting enrollment to a small group of carefully selected students. Each year, Albany Medical College confers more than 200 degrees in Medicine (MD), Nurse Anesthesiology, Physician Assistant Studies, Bioethics and Biomedical Sciences. Albany Medical College is one of 135 nationwide chapters of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Founded in 1902, AOA is the nation's premier medical society and is dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the profession and art of healing." (Source: https://www.amc.edu/academic/AboutCollege/index.cfm)

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, and the Division of Community Outreach and Medical Education are the "center of recruitment and support of medical students from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds at Albany Medical College."
  • Albany Medical College's "Achieving Success in the Application Process" program is a "two-day program designed for sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate pre-med underrepresented in medicine and economically disadvantaged students."
  • University at Albany/SUNY/Albany Medical College Early Assurance Pathway Program "targets Underrepresented in Medicine, First Generation College Graduates and Economically Disadvantaged Students."
  • AMC's 2022 Student Handbook states, "Each year the medical college seeks to enroll approximately 145 diverse and multi-talented students in our freshman class, ready to begin an educational program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine." The document also states that AMC would "increase the percentage of American Indians or Alaskan Natives, African Americans or persons of African or Caribbean descent, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, Puerto Rican backgrounds, other Hispanic or Latino backgrounds including Latin Americans, Asians, multiracial persons and persons who may be socioeconomically challenged."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's document titled "Strategic Approach to Support and Sustain Diversity," states that it would "Enhance the cultural competency of faculty, staff and students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The service learning curriculum at Albany Medical College "stresses the social determinants of health, instills compassion and encourages a commitment to community-based health interventions particularly for the underserved." All students are required to complete 40 hours of service as a requirement for graduation.
  • A college document titled "Strategic Approach to Support and Sustain Diversity," states that "UME, GME and CME programs will utilize innovative curricular components to explore the non-biologic determinants of health to increase understanding of the plight of the underserved with the goal to decrease health care disparities."
  • The college's Master of Science in Bioethics, Comprehensive program includes several courses dealing with the subject of social justice in health care including "Justice in Health Care" and "Classic Cases in Bioethics."
Resources
  • The college's Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology states, "We recognize the forces of structural racism that negatively impact our society," and "Our team is actively engaged in facility policy changes and education through participation in New York State programs, hospital-wide diversity leadership committees, and our own diversity, equity, and inclusion working group."
  • AMC's 2022 Student Handbook states that it would "[d]evelop curricular components and professional development opportunities to support an inclusive worldview for individual healthcare practitioners, thereby influencing the health of the public."
  • In response to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, AMC began the student-led initiative "Community Grand Rounds" which are "held every week, addressing a wide range of topics including structural racism, health disparities, and various subspecialty-related topics."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 30, 2023, the college signed on to the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies, which stated the following: "The consortium of the 17 medical schools of New York State, is profoundly concerned that the United State Supreme Court decisions in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina will diminish opportunities for talented students pursuing careers in medicine and science. These decisions reject a longstanding precedent that recognized the compelling interest of ensuring diversity in higher education and may undermine recent advances to address inequities in medical education and research."
  • AMC holds an annual "welcome brunch" for "[s]tudents, residents, fellows, and faculty who are underrepresented in medicine."
Last updated May 14th, 2024
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