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Stephane Owusu-Sarpong ’15, is now a medical student at Albany Medical Center. The new UAlbany-Albany Med EAPP partnership will allow more UAlbany students to pursue a career in medicine. Photo by Carlo de Jesus.
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 12, 2018) – The University at Albany and Albany Medical College (AMC) are launching a new program to pave the way for qualified UAlbany students to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from AMC and combat the under-representation of certain demographics in the medical field.
The Early Assurance Pathway Program will recruit, retain, and matriculate highly competitive UAlbany undergraduate students from demographic sectors that have traditionally been underrepresented in the medical profession, as well as first-generation and low-income students to earn an MD from AMC. Student diversity in medical education has been identified as a key component in creating a physician workforce that can best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population and is considered by experts to be a tool in helping to end disparities in health and health care.
The program, which is designed based on empirical evidence suggesting that such programs can overcome health disparities and diversify the physician workforce, will build upon an existing partnership between UAlbany and AMC that offers a competitive program for pre-medical students who entered UAlbany as freshmen to be assured of admission to Albany Medical College two years earlier than the normal application year and three years before entrance to medical school. Under the new program, an additional 7-10 UAlbany students will be admitted into AMC’s MD program.
The goals of this new cross-institutional, diversity partnership include:
Increased access to healthcare: Studies have found that minority doctors are more likely to practice in underserved areas and to work with other vulnerable populations.
Increased patient satisfaction with healthcare: Research indicates that patients who are ethnic minorities are not only more likely to see a …