ALBANY, N.Y., August 25, 2005—According to Albany Medical College officials, women make up 63 percent of the entering class of medical students—or 85 students in total. This represents a significant increase as compared to previous years, with females accounting for only 51 percent of last year’s class.
Joanne Nanos, director of admissions and student records at the Medical College, notes that this is a national trend. “Nationally, more women are receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees than in the past, and this trend is also being seen in medicine,” said Nanos. “The Medical College welcomes this diversity—whether it be gender, age or cultural background—for it enriches the educational experience of each student as they pursue their medical degree.”
According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2003 marked the first year that more women applied to medical school than men and the trend continued in 2004, with 18,018 female applicants compared to 17,717 male applicants.
In all, Albany Medical College welcomed 135 incoming freshman. They represent a wide range of undergraduate degrees, ages and geographical regions. Undergraduate degrees range from political science and art history to music and Germanic studies. The Medical College is also witnessing an increase in “non-traditional” medical students, which is not only demonstrated by undergraduate backgrounds but also by age. This year’s class ranges in age from 20 to 47 years old, with the mean age being 24.
The incoming class represents 20 states as well as Canada and Ghana. The students hold degrees from 63 undergraduate institutions, including Harvard, Princeton and Brown Universities, with the highest number of students—19—coming from the University of California, followed by 39 coming from the institution’s joint degree programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College and Siena College. Thirty-three students hold Master’s or doctoral degrees.
The Albany Medical College, which was founded in 1839 as one of the nation’s first private medical schools, has nearly 700 students. The College trains medical students and provides continuing medical education programs for area physicians. In addition to medical degrees, the College also offers Master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral programs in the basic sciences as well as specialty training for nurses and technicians.