Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
About Sciences University at BuffaloThe Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences draws on its proud heritage of education, patient care and scientific discovery from its establishment as a medical school in 1846 to pave the way for future physicians.
HistoryThe Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was founded in 1846 and is one of the oldest medical schools in the USA.
James Platt White,a pioneer in obstetrics and gynecology who has expanded clinical training to include live birth demonstrations.
Austin Flint,a respected diagnostician, and epidemiologist, and American Medical Association president.
Frank Hastings Hamilton,a prominent surgeon who introduced ether to the Niagara Frontier as an anesthetic and who served as the first dean and chair of surgery at the school.
EstablishmentWhen Buffalo was a boomtown on the Erie Canal and the gateway to the West, the school was built. Leading residents, mainly physicists, and lawyers advocated the creation of a higher learning institution that led to the establishment of Buffalo’s private, non-sectarian University. The Medical School, or Medical Department, as it was called, was the university’s first decanal unit, and 40 years went by before the introduction of other units. Medical classes began on 24 February 1847 with 66 students enrolled. The first permanent site of the medical school was in downtown Buffalo, next to Buffalo General Hospital. The school moved to High Street in the city in 1893, where it remained until 1953 when it relocated to its present location on the South Campus of the university. In 1962, Buffalo University combined with the New York State University (SUNY) system. The Medical School at Buffalo then became the School of Medicine, New York State University. In 1987 the name of the medical school was changed to the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in recognition of the medical knowledge related to basic sciences. In 2015, it becomes known as the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the first school to be named in UB history in recognition of the enduring philanthropy and contribution to UB of the Jeremy M. Jacobs family. In 2017, the school moved to its location on the Medical Campus of Buffalo Niagara, a 628,000-square-foot structure at 955 Main St., just steps from where it was housed from 1893 to 1953.
MissionTo promote health and wellness for New York people and the world through the education of tomorrow’s pioneers in health care and biomedical sciences, groundbreaking research, and excellent clinical care throughout the life span.
- Attracting and promoting the most talented individuals.
- Improving our academic and technical climate to encourage extraordinarily innovative science and education.
- Designing and sustaining excellent clinical services to provide outstanding treatment.
- Cultivate competence, collegiality, and diversity.
- Uphold the highest standards of ethics, honesty, professionalism, and humanism.
- Use advances in science, medicine, and education to benefit humanity.
Hospital and Research Affiliation
- Buffalo General Medical Center
- Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH)
- Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
- DeGraff Memorial Hospital
- Erie County Medical Center
- Great Lakes Health System of Western New York
- Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System
- Sisters of Charity Hospital
- Kenmore Mercy Hospital
- Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
- Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus
- Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
- Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
- UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute
- UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
DiversityDiversity at UB Medical School is not just a matter of numbers. It’s an ongoing desire to cultivate future doctors committed to removing gaps in health care and supporting those most in need. The university encourages diversity by hiring students who respect and benefit from the nuances of each other while working towards a common goal — that is, offering outstanding treatment to all. The student body brings a wide range of experiences and backgrounds to bear which represents the increasingly heterogeneous area, state, and nation. The diverse experiences help them grow into not only doctors fully equipped to meet the healthcare needs of a pluralistic society, but leaders who will create the most creative solutions to the dynamic challenges faced by medicine in the 21st century.
Departments and Offices
- Biomedical Engineering
- Biomedical Informatics
- Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Nuclear Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Physiology and Biophysics
- Radiation Oncology
- Structural Biology
- Center for Medical Humanities
- Medical Education and Educational Research Institute
- Office of Medical Admissions
- Offices of Medical Education
Residencies and Fellowships
- Office of Graduate Medical Education
- Office of Continuing Medical Education
Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement
- Clinical Research Office (CRO)
- Facilities Planning and Management
- Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement
- Office of Communications
- Office of Medical Computing
- Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
Application ProcessElectronically submit your primary application via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). When the university receives your AMCAS application, you will be contacted with a connection to our secondary submission. You will apply your primary application for consideration by the school to AMCAS between 1st June and 15th November. Once your application has been approved by AMCAS, you will receive an email confirming it was forwarded to the schools you have appointed. Once your AMCAS application is processed by the university it will give you an email confirming receipt and explaining how to reach the secondary application and pay the processing fee. You will apply your completed secondary application to our admissions office no later than 15 Dec. Once the completed application is issued, it will be reviewed by the committee until 31 March at any time. The university requests an interview with about 600 applicants. AMCAS charges $160 for an application that requires one certification for medical school, and $35 for each additional school that you select.
- Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
- Have completed two full years or 60 hours of higher education in the U.S. or Canada; have completed MCAT within three years of application
- Have completed at least half of the precondition courses
- Send three letters of recommendation — one from a science professor — or a letter of recommendation from the pre-health committee
- Biology with a lab (with not more than one semester of botany): 2 semesters
- Chemistry with a lab: 2 semesters
- Organic chemistry with a lab: 2 semesters
- General Physics (lab optional): 2 semesters
- English: 2 semesters
Selection CriteriaMost medical schools use numerical cutoffs to legitimize their applicant pool: if your GPA or MCAT score is lower than a certain amount, you are automatically rejected. This is not UB school of medicine’s procedure. In the search to educate well-rounded individuals with the ability to develop into professional and caring doctors, the university reviews every application received comprehensively. This means UB Medical School tests your academic performance and MCAT score in the light of many variables, such as your life experiences and history, honesty and intellectual curiosity, leadership roles and community engagement. While most applicants have earned a degree in science, students from a range of academic fields are encouraged to apply.
InterviewUB School of Medicine welcomes about 600 applicants from August to April to meet and conduct interviews. To be admitted an interview is expected. If you’re not picked, you’ll be told as soon as you check the form. The first batch of acceptances will be released on Oct. 15 and the process will end in April. If accepted, you will have to respond within two weeks of your acceptance date and request a $100 acceptance deposit, refundable until May 15. The Dean of Admissions addresses petitions for delayed admission under particular circumstances. In a written report sent to the Medical Admissions Office, you will describe the circumstances in detail.
ResearchThe Jacobs School Research aims at promoting research and development to improve health for everyone. Multidisciplinary science at the university advances fundamental and clinical science, turning those findings into clinical care that improves health in the communities.
- Heart Disease
- Bacterial infections
- Substance-Related Disorders
- Opioid-Related Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nervous system diseases
- Eye diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Viral diseases
- Kidney diseases
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Lung diseases
- Parasitology Mycology
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Confocal Microscope and Flow Cytometry Facility
- Electron Microscopy Lab
- Histology Core
- Multispectral Imaging Suite
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Generation
- Stem Cell Culture, Banking, and Training
- Stem Cell Engraftment and In Vivo Analysis
- Stem Cell Sequencing/Epigenomics Analysis
- Biochemistry Stockroom
- Clinical Research Center
- CTSI Translational Imaging Center
- Flow Cytometry Lab
- Institute for Healthcare Informatics
- Next-Generation Sequencing and Expression
- Protein Expression and Crystallization
- Proteomics/Mass Spectrometry
- Toxicology Research Center
Housing FacilitiesWhether you’re looking to live on campus or out-of-campus, Buffalo is a perfect (and affordable) place to live! The links below will provide a starting point for students looking to rent an apartment and/or purchase a home while attending UB Medicine School.
Things to Consider for House Hunting
- Think about what kind of area you want to be living in to narrow down your search for accommodation.
- When looking for a place, consider whether rented utilities, especially heat and electricity, are included. Ask if there is central air, and if not then ask about your air conditioning choices (and if there is any additional installation or monthly cost). When heat is included, ask if it is controllable. Many complexes monitor the total heat and can turn it up late in the season that will cause you to freeze in the early winter months.
- Parking: Ask if the apartment/house itself has off-street or garage parking available. For street maintenance and plowing purposes, some streets do not allow cars to park overnight on the road. Remember if there is rotating or parking on the same side (this is usually only in place from November to April so the plows can pass).
- Run all houses/apartments with water. Turn the water on cold, hot and both simultaneously to test for things like water pressure and temperature changes. For summer and winter, months make sure the residence is well insulated.
- Don’t worry about taking lots of pictures! You’re going to check out multiple locations and don’t want to miss what they look like on the inside.
- Inquire about security measures like fire and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as locks/deadbolts.
- All major cell phone companies are operating in Buffalo, so there’s no need to change carriers.
Neighborhoods around Buffalo
- Elmwood Village
- Delaware Park/Hertel Ave
- Village of Williamsville
- Campus Housing
- University Heights District
Dining FacilitiesDining centers in every residence hall complex are conveniently located and are open to all students. You’ll also find specialty restaurants, coffee shops, places to get a late-night snack and more just steps away from your new home. UB students enjoy dozens of places to eat on campus, from food trucks to award-winning dining centers. All students, including undergraduates, and graduate and professional students are given meal plans. First-year students living in halls of residence must have a meal plan to help students adapt to college life. At residence hall dining centers and other places, you can use Campus Cash or Dining Dollars, no matter if you have a meal plan.
Locations for Dining
- Crossroads Culinary Center
- Au Bon Pain
- IncrediBull Pizza
- Crossroads Culinary Center
- Guac And Roll
- The Bowl
- Wrap it Up
- The Elli
LibraryThe library is situated inside the building of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, across from the M&T Bank Auditorium on the second floor. The library is open 24/7. Reading Room The reading room in Castellani offers a private area of study. Inside the main entrance, you can find 6 group study rooms and a group study area. There’s also an OMC-managed 32 seat computer room. The library is primarily an environment in which you bring your laptop. If you have an OMC password, and the lab is open, you may use the computers in the library’s computer lab. Check availability via room request page of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Choose the downtown calendar and check out the learning center, library room2110J. There is a black and white printer powered by UBIT and OMC. For guidance on how to submit and release your print job please see the UBIT Printing Guide. Remember that if you print in the learning lab from a machine, you can print to OMC printers on the 6th floor. There is no Library Scanner. On the 6th floor of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building, students may use the scanner in the Computer Lab. Scanners are also used in other places outside of Jacobs School. For further information please refer to this University Libraries Scanner link. Both print and electronic materials held by the UB Libraries can be searched in our Libraries ‘ Collection, regardless of format, location, or genre.
- Librarians are available to help. UB is spending time for saving your time. Here are some of the items librarians help with:
- Finding and receiving information
- Searching Literature
- Publishing: assisting in finding places to publish; evaluating journal credibility; referencing sources (EndNote); making the research quickly discoverable using OrcID.
- Scheduled reviews
- Education: offering lectures and workshops; lecturing visitors in courses; holding residents and fellows sessions
- Assistance in using software and troubleshooting
Employment OpportunitiesBuffalo University is the most comprehensive public research university in the state of New York, and an outstanding place to work. UB amplifies the desire for faculty and staff by providing multiple possibilities in a dynamic, inclusive, welcoming and innovative atmosphere for achievement and professional growth. Here people from all backgrounds and cultures challenge each other and get motivated to explore Dedicated staff and committed students to participate in the further development of human knowledge and understanding, and deliver tenacious graduates respected for their skills and their impact on global society.
ScholarshipsIn accordance with the promise to make medical school accessible, the Jacob School of Medicine grants one-quarter of our incoming medical students’ partial scholarships. The UB bases these scholarships on academic merit and/or proven need. When you remain in good academic standing, your award will be extended annually. Upon acceptance, you will receive information about your qualifications in your admissions packet.
- Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
- Catholic Health System/Western New York Medical Scholarship
- Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship and Nader Fellowship
- UB-affiliated faculty members.
- Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship
- Franz E. and Elizabeth Glasauer Externship Fund
- Howard R. Goldstein ’74 Memorial Humanitarian Scholarship
- John J. and Janet H. Sung Scholarship
- John Naughton Contemporary Medicine Award
- Murray J. Ettinger Student Emergency Fund
- Western New York Medical Scholarship
- Graduate Opportunity Program
- Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship
- National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
- National Medical Fellowships
- Pisicano Scholars Leadership Program
- Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study Program (EDPS)