Medical Student Education

Our faculty play an active role in your predoctoral education, teaching you across all four years of medical school.

Our department coordinates the first year of the two-year Clinical Practice of Medicine course, and our faculty lead most of the seminar groups in the first year.

We run the third-year family medicine clerkship, leading didactic sessions and training you at our clinical sites.

Our integrated curriculum on caring for patients with disabilities spans your four-year education.

Our department also offers an elective in primary care for patients with disabilities, among many other family medicine electives.

You may apply to our Primary Care Career Track during your first, second or third year of school and join our Family Medicine Interest Group at any time.

We also offer paid summer research assistantships for rising second-year medical students.

During our family medicine clerkship, you’ll meet weekly for case-based discussions and didactic sessions, care for inpatients and outpatients, and have the unique opportunity to provide continuity of care to a standardized patient.
Throughout their education, our medical students gain invaluable global health experience caring for underserved patients in developing countries.

Jump-start your exploration of primary care as you interact with physicians and their patients and delve into the clinical, personal and business aspects of our field.


Network with family medicine physicians and residents, develop professionally and refine your clinical aptitude while gaining a deeper understanding of our field.

When you collaborate with our world-class faculty researchers, you’ll explore innovative ways to treat patients and advance health care.
From addiction medicine to caring for individuals with disabilities, our electives familiarize you with the scope of clinical services a family physician provides and the breadth of medical knowledge our profession encompasses.
We value your commitment to family medicine — and we recognize it with numerous awards to nurture your interest in our field.

Contact Us

Vice Chair for Predoctoral Education

Symons, Andrew

Andrew Symons, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Medical Student Education

UB South Campus, Department of Family Medicine, 202 Farber Hall Buffalo, NY 14216

Phone: (716) 829-3800; Fax: (716) 835-9888


Associate Director

Denise McGuigan, MSEd

Principal Education Specialist

Family Medicine

202 Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2922; Fax: (716) 829-2933


Program Coordinator

Karen Devlin

Program Coordinator

Family Medicine

202 Farber Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-2602; Fax: (716) 829-2933