Summer Diversity Research Mentorship Program

University at Buffalo URM Mentorship Pipeline. 1. Interest - Grand Rounds - Shadowing Experience - Clinical Encounters - Research 2. Development - Mentorship Pairing - Mentorship Labs - Capstone Project 3. Pipeline - Research Meeting Sponsorship - CV + LORs - Interview Prep 4. Retention - UB Surgery Interview - Residency Match.

Mentorship Pipeline

The Department of Surgery is sponsoring two summer research positions for underrepresented minority students with an interest in surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Selected candidates for this inaugural class of scholars will join a research project and receive a $3,000 dollar stipend ($1,500/month).

As we aim to be diligent and intentional in our efforts to mitigate health disparities, we must be similarly committed to addressing the lack of diversity in our own field of surgery. Approximately 7% of all academic surgeons in the United States come from backgrounds considered underrepresented in medicine (African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

We must be solution-oriented with regard to these issues and look closely at our own pipeline. We are committed to expanding our efforts to support and encourage underrepresented minority medical students to become part of our department.  We recognize the importance of mentorship — of help and guidance at the earliest stages. This summer we developed a targeted mentorship initiative, with the aim of introducing students to surgery and surgical research opportunities. We have established as a key cornerstone in our department a funded URM Summer Research Program. Our inaugural class will start in the summer of 2021. Outlined below is the Department of Surgery’s focused approach to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority medical students. 

These efforts will shape the next generation of surgery at the UB, and help build a department that is truly reflective of the communities it serves.

Call for Applicants

This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a research team and to develop close relationships with attending surgeons and trainees.  It is ideal for those who are seriously considering surgery as a career.


Positions are open to students currently in their first year at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Applicants must be in good academic standing at time of submission.


  • Mentorship with an attending surgeon — including time in the OR and in clinic
  • Research experience under the tutelage of a faculty member
  • One-on-one surgical skills coaching 
  • Weekly reading/discussion group with surgical residents
  • Invitation to institutional lectures, grand rounds and departmental conferences 
  • The opportunity to present their summer research to program peers, residents and faculty at the 2021 Research Forum

Application Requirements

In addition to your application, each applicant must have a Letter of Recommendation, submitted by a faculty member by Friday, April 1, 2021.

Faculty should email their letters of recommendation directly to the Director of Surgical Education (below).

Due Date

Submit your application by Monday April 1st 2021.


Please address any questions to:

Director of Surgical Education

Michael Lamb, MD.

Michael Lamb, PhD

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

955 Main Street, Room 7153 Buffalo, NY 14203