Albany Medical College

Albany Medical College
Established 1839
Type Private
Students 566
Location Albany, NY, USA
Campus Urban and Suburban
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Albany Medical College (AMC) is a medical school located in Albany, New York, United States. It was founded in 1839 by Alden March and James H. Armsby and is one of the oldest medical schools in the nation. The college is part of the Albany Medical Center, which includes the Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Along with Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Law School, the Dudley Observatory, the Graduate College of Union University, and Union College, it is one of the constituent entities of Union University.

Over its 170-year history, Albany Medical College has attracted and produced many leaders in medicine and research. Among its present and past faculty, researchers, and alumni count two Nobel Prize winners, two Lasker Award winners, two MacArthur Fellowship recipients, one Gairdner Foundation International Award winner, former Surgeon General of the United States Army, former Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, several presidents and CEOs of major academic hospitals, as well as an early president and co-founder of the American Medical Association. AMC is attributed as the site where David S. Sheridan perfected the modern-day disposable catheter, among other major discoveries and innovations. Among AMC alumni accomplishments include the discovery of the hormone leptin, the invention of computed tomography, and the discovery of oral rehydration therapy.

Overview of Academic Programs

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Albany Medical Center Hospital, a 631-bed Level-I Trauma Center contiguous with the medical college

There are multiple courses of study at the College, with tracks that end in an MD degree, as well as a Graduate Studies program with the following departments:

  • Center for Physician Assistant Studies, where the students earn an MS in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Center for Nurse Anesthesia, where the students earn an MS in Nurse Anesthesiology
  • Alden March Bioethics Institute, where students earn an MS in Bioethics
  • Center for Cardiovascular Sciences, where students can earn an MS and PhD in that field
  • Center for Cell Biology and Cancer Research, where students can earn an MS and PhD in that field
  • Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease, where students can earn an MS and PhD in that field
  • Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience, where students can earn an MS and PhD in that field

AMC sponsors medical residency programs in anesthesiology; emergency medicine; family medicine; internal medicine; medicine/pediatrics; neurology; obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences; ophthalmology; pathology; pediatrics; physical medicine and rehabilitation; psychiatry; radiology; general surgery; neurosurgery; orthopaedic surgery; otolaryngology; plastic surgery; thoracic surgery; and urological surgery. Fellowships are available in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematopathology, neonatology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, rheumatology, vascular and interventional radiology, and vascular surgery.

In addition to the traditional medical school application process, AMC reserves up to 50 places in its first-year class for participants in combined-degree programs. Students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College and Siena College complete certain undergraduate requirements prior to matriculation at Albany Medical College, then finish their undergraduate degrees at AMC while concurrently earning their MDs. Programs range from a total of seven to eight years.

Physician Assistant Studies

The AMC Physician Assistant Program was established in 1972, in collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College. Its graduates received from HVCC the A.A.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, and a certificate of completion from AMC. Since 2005, the program has granted a Master of Science in PA studies. The program's rigorous curriculum consists of a variety of courses in basic and medical science within four didactic terms and an additional twelve months of medical rotations.

Alden March Bioethics Institute

The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) is a multi-institutional bioethics research organization based at the Albany Medical College in New York. 26 faculty originate first-rate scholarship with the support of more than $3 million in federal and foundation grants. The Institute until recently housed The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) and Its faculty direct a number of graduate programs including those offering the M.S. and Ph.D. The Institute is named in honor of Alden March, a 19th-century physician.


  • In 1899, famous physician and proclaimed "Father of Modern Medicine" Sir William Osler charged the graduating students of the Albany Medical College to "care more particularly for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease" during a famous address.[1] This quote has since been paraphrased as, "Care for the patient, not the disease."[2]
  • As the only level-1 trauma center and academic medical center for the 25 county region between New York and Montreal, AMC attendings, residents, and students are often the first to see unique pathology arising from the area population of over two million. The center regularly treats patients from Western New England, Southern Quebec, and Upstate New York.[4][5]

Notable Alumni and Faculty


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