"Facts from the Past" Samples
Dorothy B. Chamberlin, M.D.
A 1940 graduate of Albany Medical College, Dorothy B. Chamberlin was born in 1915 in Great Barrington, MA. Following the receipt of her medical degree, a job opportunity took her to Illinois where she took a position as instructor in Physiology and Health Education at Southern Illinois Normal University in Carbondale. During WWII she served as a Lieutenant in the medical corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve also known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She trained at the U.S. Naval Medical School in Bethesda, MD before being stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC as a dispensary medical officer. Service in the WAVES as a medical officer took her to the U.S. Navy Personnel Separation Center in NYC and the U.S. Naval Hospital in Brooklyn. Following her discharge in 1946 she completed a residency in internal medicine at New York Infirmary in NYC followed by a position as Associate Physician at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island. Further educational and career opportunities included attending the School of Public Health at Harvard University and being appointed Assistant District Health Officer in Middletown, NY.
Albany Medical College Medical Fraternities
In 1911, Albany Medical College students had many choices in which to spend their leisure time. One major activity available to them was medical fraternities. Fraternities were active at AMC with four Fraternities to choose from. They were: Phi Sigma Kappa; Beta Chapter, Nu Sigma Nu; Omicron Chapter, Omega Upsilon Phi; Gamma Chapter, and Phi Delta; Alpha Gamma Chapter. The fraternities were very popular and boasted many members, as well as each having their own fraternity house. Participation in the fraternities at AMC started to decline during WWI and WWII and by 1947 only one fraternity remained – Nu Sigma Nu. By 1963, the fraternity system was no longer associated with Albany Medical College. It is unclear why the reason for the demise of the fraternity system at AMC. A possible contributing factor, besides the impact of the two world wars, may have been a lack of funding.
(Photo: Nu Sigma Nu, 1911)