Albany Medical College PATHWAYS TO BECOMING A PHYSICIAN AT ALBANY MEDIACAL COLLEGE
CONTACT INFORMATION
THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT ADVENTURE
WHY ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE?
THE PATHWAY OF MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY
AN EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH
AN EMPHASIS ON LEADERSHIP
AN EMPHASIS ON SERVICE
A FOCUS ON THE SCIENCE OF DRUG DEVELOPMENT
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND ALBANY MEDICAL COLLEGE - PHYSICIAN - SCIENTIST PROGRAM - AN EMPHASIS ON RESEARCH
MEDICAL STUDENTS
Created over 40 years ago, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Albany Medical College Accelerated Physician-Scientist program is designed for students who wish to become physicians with a firm foundation in scientific research. It is one of the few accelerated, combined degree programs in the country specifically created to train physician scientists.

Individuals who are outstanding physicians are needed to conduct the nation’s biomedical research agenda, to bring new drugs to trials and to clinical use, and to accomplish a myriad of research activities that only physicians can do. This program trains physician scientists who can perform at the highest level in both medicine and research.

The cornerstone of the program is a mentored research project. During their sixth semester, students split their time between Rensselaer and AMC and begin research that extends over their third and final year at Rensselaer and into the summer preceding their first year of medical school. The research continues throughout their freshman year at AMC and into the following summer. Training in making oral and written scientific presentations is also included.

Students are ideally positioned to accomplish sufficient research to graduate from medical school with special recognition: the MDDR (the MD with Distinction in Research). Some students may elect to earn a Ph.D. by applying to the graduate studies program at AMC. By interrupting their medical school training between the second and third year and entering the graduate studies program, students can earn a Ph.D. in three years. During their graduate training students enjoy full tuition remission and earn a competitive stipend.

Graduates of the Rensselaer/AMC program earn a BS in biology (many graduate with dual majors) from Rensselaer and an MD degree from AMC. During the first three years at Rensselaer, the curriculum involves 70% premedical science courses and 30% liberal arts. The student then enrolls at AMC, and a number of science courses are transferred back to Rensselaer so the candidate graduates from Rensselaer with his or her entering class.

Selection for this program takes place during the senior year of high school. On graduating from high school, applicants must have completed four years of English; a year each of biology, chemistry, and physics, and four years of mathematics. SAT I and SAT II scores in mathematics (level IC or IIC) and one of the following three science subtests are required: physics, chemistry, or biology. Alternatively, ACT scores may be submitted. Laboratory research experience is also important. If accepted to the program students are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test.

The value of this program is outstanding, and the opportunities are unlimited, but Rensselaer/AMC Accelerated Physician-Scientist program is not for everyone. If you are highly motivated, mature, and desire a solid knowledge of scientific research that will help you be a more broadly educated physician and may even help you contribute to the medical innovations of the future, this accelerated program deserves your serious consideration.
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