Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ed LaRow, Ph.D. Received Honorary Degree from Albany Medical College

At Albany Medical College's 170th Commencement Exercises held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, this citation was read on behalf of Dr. Edward LaRow-

"In 1986, Siena College and Albany Medical College created a combined degree program specifically designed to attract students who have a heart for service to others. The most striking feature of this eight-year program is the requirement of two summers of service in underserved areas either domestically or abroad.

For most students, these summers of service are life-altering experiences that forever change the way they see and interact with the world. Students report that exposure to the grinding poverty of underserved areas impresses them with the critical need for medical services throughout the world and a personal desire to make a difference. They emerge as more sensitive physicians, better able to appreciate a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and deal more effectively with the special needs of those who are less fortunate.

Dr. LaRow was instrumental in the development of the Siena/Albany Medical College, Science, Humanities and Medicine Program, for which he still serves as director. To date, nearly 200 students have earned their degrees from the program.

In addition, Dr. LaRow oversees Siena's eight other cooperative programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry and podiatry, and has been Siena's Health Professions Advisor for more than 26 years, assisting students to achieve their health career goals.

Dr. LaRow holds a PhD in zoology from Rutgers University, and in an instructor in general ecology and comparative anatomy. He continues to conduct research in the field of aquatic ecology/invertebrate zoology."

Congratulations on this well-deserved achievement, Ed!

A lot of you out there have stories of Ed, especially those of you have gone through the Albany Med program. Feel free to share them with us!

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