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Albany Medical College Welcomes Diverse Freshman Class
   August 23, 2006


ALBANY, N.Y., August 23, 2006A political scientist, a marine biologist and a film and media studies major are among the 135 first-year students arriving at Albany Medical College today (Aug. 23), representing a diverse group of undergraduate majors. Approximately half of the incoming students67hold the traditional degree in biology.

According to Albany Medical College officials, the Medical College embraces this diversity. "Our medical students bring with them a wide range of life experiences and insight that they are able to share with one another," said Joanne Nanos, director of admissions and student records at the Medical College. "Their diversity not only enriches the medical students educational experience, but when you consider the extraordinary amount of community service they perform, it also has a profound impact on the community they serve."

Drawn from more than 7,000 applicants, the new medical students represent 23 states, with 49 students hailing from New York. There are six students representing the countries of Canada, Hong Kong, Tanzania and Sweden. Women make up 54 percent of the class, continuing a trend that began last year with 63 percent of the class represented by females. This years class ranges in age from 20 to 35 years old, with the mean age being 23.

The new medical students hold degrees from 56 undergraduate institutions, including Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Colgate Universities. The highest number19graduated from the institutions joint degree program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by 12 from Union College and 10 from Siena College. Forty-two students hold Masters degrees and two hold doctoral degrees.

A highlight of the students first day of medical school was the white coat ceremony, at which they were helped into their traditional "garb" by second-year students and recited the physicians Hippocratic Oath.

The Albany Medical College, which was founded in 1839 as one of the nations 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 Masters, doctoral and postdoctoral programs in the basic sciences as well as Masters programs for nurse anesthetists and physician assistants.

The Albany Medical Center is northeastern New Yorks only academic health sciences center. In addition to the College, it consists of one of New Yorks largest teaching hospitals, the Albany Medical Center Hospital; and one of the Capital Regions most active fundraising organizations, the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.


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