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  • Albany Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Albany
Individual Feedback 5 2 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 1
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2016 0
2017 0
2018 0
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 2
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 0
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 1
out-of-state 1
international 0
Not applicable 0

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 1
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 0
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
497 2

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.45 2

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.65 2

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

33954

93705

What do you like most about this school?

"friendly" | Report Response

"Good clinical experience, physicians willing to be mentors, good prep for Step 1 and 2" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"A decent school, but a total rip-off. Your medical education is almost totally determined by your own effort. All the information you learn in the first two years is available on the internet on in textbooks. During the last two years you perform a large amount of scutwork which the hospital bills for, so you actually make them money. So why is it so expensive? They have a small army of deans that make north of 500K, while the secretaries do most of the work, and a large facutly that give a few lectures a year and otherwise do research. My advice is to go to the cheapest school available. A US public school, or an overseas school. Whatever you do, do not borrow money for school. It seems benign but can easily ruin your life. If you borrow from AMC and you stumble financially , you go into default and AMC bumps up your interest rate by 25%! They call it a collection fee and it is perefctly legal." | Report Response

"Seems to get a bad rap on SDN, but most students here are happy. Very non-competitive environment. All the resources you need to succeed are provided. AMC is by far the biggest game in town for a couple hours in any direction, so you see patients with just about every imaginable problem." | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 1
Traditional 1

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 1
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 1
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 1
4-5 hours 1
5-6 hours 0
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 1
Free note taking service 1
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 0
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 0
3 1
4 0
5 1
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 1
5-6 1
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 1
9 months 1
12 months 0
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
2.50 2

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"A few hours per week, more os first year with anatomy." | Report Response

What books are necessary?

"There are a lot of e-books through the library. Need a good anatomy book and atlas, Blumenfeld's for neuro, Robbins path, Lilly's pathophysiology of heart disease, and a few others. Really not that many" | Report Response

Is the curriculum designed to promote a specialty? If so, which specialty?

"Possibly primary care, but not really" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
3.50 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 2

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 2
All years 0
No 0

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 1
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"dorm" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 0
Merit-based 1
Both 1

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 2
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"They're good for the most part. It's very standardized, and attendance is optional. If you want to listen to lectures, listen to lectures. If you'd rather read books read books. This is a very personalized decision." | Report Response

How is the instructional faculty during clinical years?

"Mostly good with some bad. Certain rotations have faculty more interested in teaching students than others. Overall though I developed many good relationships with faculty." | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during pre-clinical years?

"Modified pass fail (Good = pass, Excellent = high pass, Excellent with honors = Honors)" | Report Response

What is the grading scale used during clinical years?

"Modified pass fail (Good = pass, Excellent = high pass, Excellent with honors = Honors). During the clinical years, the Shelf exam will be 25-50% of your grade for a given rotation." | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.50 2

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"3rd year required: Medicine, Psych, OB/GYN, Peds, Family med, surgery. Scheduled by lottery. 4th year required: Acting internship, ED, Neurology, Learning to teach (learn how to be a good teacher to med students as a resident and beyond), Critical care. Also scheduled by lottery but with much more freedom to change schedule." | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"It varies from resident to resident. In an inpatient setting you might follow 2-4 patients, see them every day, write notes that get cosigned by residents. At a good outpatient setting you'll see lots of patients, over 10/day and write their notes, discuss plans with preceptors, etc." | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"In good shape, expanding as we speak." | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"It varies widely. There are large Caucasian and African American populations in the area and socioeconomic classes span the entire spectrum, so there is no true "typical" population. Albany is also very closely surrounded by lots of rural land, so there is a mix of urban and rural medicine." | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 2

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
5.00 2

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 2

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"drink" | Report Response

"Go out to bars, go to NYC, Boston, Montreal. Go hiking in any of the 4 nearby mountain ranges. Just hang out and relax. Ski, bike." | Report Response

Post Graduation

How do graduates from this school fare in residency and clinical practice?

"average" | Report Response

"They do well. They are all over the country in every conceivable specialty." | Report Response

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"good program" | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"no" | Report Response

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