The Buffalo News published an op-ed by David A. Milling, MD
, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs and associate professor of medicine
in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
, about UB’s post-baccalaureate program for underrepresented students. This program has prepared more than 500 underrepresented students for medical school. The pipeline program, run by the Associated Medical Schools of New York and funded by the New York State Department of Health, is now at risk of being cut due to COVID-19 budget shortfalls. This is precisely the wrong time to cut programs like this when, Milling writes, the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on minority communities demonstrates why diversity among physicians is so critical. “It’s up to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature to make a difference in the health of New Yorkers by investing in diversity in medicine,” Milling writes.