“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw
Our scientific and medical knowledge can be likened to a living species that evolves over time. As our understanding advances, so must our methods of disseminating new information. If we, as medical educators, neglect to change, we will fail our students and, ultimately, their future patients.
Once our students make the transition to fully functional health care providers, we are confident they have received the best possible preparation in our classrooms and clinical settings — with the understanding that although they are no longer classified as students, their education has not, nor will ever, end. To be an effective health care provider, researcher and educator, one must continue to seek knowledge and be willing to change with the evolution of science and medicine.
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo plans to implement change not because what is currently in place is outdated, but because we strive to stay ahead of the curve, to ensure future classes are given the same quality education that we provide today.
With this in mind, the Jacobs School has undergone some major changes over its long history. We are proud of the advancements we have made and continue to make.
The accreditation process affords us another opportunity to take a good look at our programs, through the eyes of students, faculty and staff. We are excited to take this opportunity and use it to achieve the next step in our evolution.