ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany and Albany Medical College (AMC) have announced the cohort of students accepted to AMC’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program as part of a cross-institution partnership to increase the number of applicants from underrepresented backgrounds.

Launched in 2018, the Early Assurance Pathway Program (EAPP) recruits and matriculates 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. Experts say diversifying the student body in medical schools will create a physician workforce that can best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population and is a way to mitigate health disparities.

The cohort of seven students, all juniors at UAlbany, now have places reserved for them at AMC two years earlier than the normal application year for medical school. The students chosen for this cohort include:

Little Falls-area resident Nathan Lasher is a biology major and neuroscience minor. Lasher grew up observing his mom work as a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Patient Care Technician (PCT) and realized how important the work was both because it was the sole support of his family, but also because of its “intrinsic value.” He has already worked directly with patients in medical imaging, physical therapy, and ambulatory surgery. Lasher explains that medicine is a “team sport” — he often reflects on how playing high school football as well as being involved in music has taught him about team dynamics and the critical importance of working as a team. Lasher believes that a career in medicine and the ability to serve others, especially at times of great need, will help make his life important.

View last year’s announcement for more information on the partnership.