Albany, N.Y., May 25, 2006—A total of 197 students were awarded degrees today at the Albany Medical College’s 168th commencement ceremonies held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. One hundred thirty-one received medical degrees (M.D.), 15 received Master of Science degrees in nurse anesthesiology, 27 received Master of Science degrees in physician assistant studies, and 24 received either Master of Science or doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences.
The keynote speaker was Robert S. Langer, Ph.D., the 2005 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research recipient whose groundbreaking research with polymers revolutionized the field of drug delivery systems and helped spawn the field of tissue engineering.
Dr. Langer also received an honorary degree from Albany Medical College, as did Arnold Cogswell, who has served on the Albany Medical Center’s Board of Directors for more than half a century.
Also addressing the graduates were James J. Barba, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors of Albany Medical Center, and Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of the Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at the Medical Center.
Graduates Benjamin Guikema, elected representative from the graduate studies program, and Matthew Burke, student council president, spoke on behalf of the medical students during the ceremony.
Of the medical students graduating, 66 are women and 65 are men, with an age range of 23 to 46. New York is home to the most graduates with 61 total, followed by California with 25. In July, the graduating medical students will begin their residency training at various medical facilities throughout the nation, including Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Albany Medical Center is northeast New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of one of the nation’s oldest medical schools, Albany Medical College; one of New York’s largest teaching hospitals, Albany Medical Center Hospital; and one of the Capital Region’s most active fundraising organizations, the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
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