Albany Med Health begins pilot program for aspiring med students

Albany (N.Y.) Med Health System has enlisted five Albany (N.Y.) Medical College applicants to work as team members while they await admission to medical school.

The medical school hopefuls  will gain hands-on experience, working as patient care associates, mobility assistants and nurse-extenders. 

"Hundreds of students are waitlisted each year as there are not enough seats to matriculate all qualified candidates," Arup De, MD, said in a Sept. 1 news release. "The Albany Med Health Corps will provide these highly qualified applicants invaluable hands-on experience and mentorship through paid employment while helping the Medical Center fulfill much-needed patient care roles. It’s mutually beneficial to both the candidates and the institution and will have lasting benefits as these individuals go on to obtain their medical degrees."

The program was designed to address nationwide healthcare staffing shortages. It began in August 2022 and will run until June 2023, at which point successful participants will enroll as full-time students in the Albany Medical College class of 2027.

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