Media Coverage

6/7/19
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, talks about the new Jacobs School building and its impact on medical education at UB. The combination of a technology-rich building and the medical campus location helps UB to recruit more medical school candidates, he said, adding, “We are finding that when students get our offer letters, they come here.” 
5/7/19
An article about what academic medicine is doing to help physicians and students combat medical misinformation, like the kind responsible for the largest measles outbreak in a quarter century, interviews Lisa Jane Jacobson, MD, associate dean for medical curriculum, who discussed how simulated patient experiences can be used to teach students and residents how to have difficult conversations with patients about what they can and cannot believe on social media. “Students have actors and actresses playing the roles of patients, and they’re given complex cases,” she said. “Sometimes that involves having difficult conversations with people who have belief systems that are very different from their own.”
3/26/19
In an opinion pieceMichael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, describes how in 2011, the New York SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Western New York delegation in the Legislature and UB moved forward with the vision to create a world-class academic health center. He writes that that vision began to be realized with the new school’s opening downtown in December 2017 and that continued investment by the state is crucial, especially for hiring faculty in critical areas.
3/20/19
Business First reported that the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has launched the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute. The story notes that its inaugural director is Jennifer A. Meka, PhD, who comes to UB from a similar position at the Penn State College of Medicine. The story quotes Meka, noting “Most of the time, the faculty and residents we’re working with, they go into medical education because they want to give back and want to be involved with the learners, but they also want to specifically learn how to be the best teacher they can be.” Alan J. Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum, was also quoted, discussing how upcoming medical curriculum changes and new teaching methods are necessitating the training for faculty members.
12/27/18
A Buffalo News editorial focused on the remarkable story of George Melvin Ellis Jr., who donated to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences the university’s largest-ever gift. A stipulation was that his identity remain anonymous until both he and his wife were deceased. The editorial stated: “The story of the medical school’s single biggest gift in the history of the university by one of its graduates, and one of the largest bestowed upon the Buffalo region, is about one man’s unwavering dedication to the patients he served and his deep abiding belief that whatever money he made through savvy investments was not his but belonged to the university. ... The decency, dedication and commitment by one man toward his alma mater and adopted community will help generations to build a better future.”
11/16/18
An article in Business First about changes and initiatives that will impact how medical schools prepare the nation’s future doctors interviews Alan J. Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “These students have grown up in the digital age. They have access to limitless amounts of information because of the internet and its rapid rewards system,” Lesse said. “Their attention spans are shorter and their ability to or their need to memorize large amounts of information is much less, given that they must have 10- to 100-fold more information to learn than I did.”
10/29/18
An article about the continuing growth of UBMD Physicians’ Group interviews Kevin J. Gibbons, MD, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and UBMD executive director. “We train to retain and UB has now trained over two-thirds of the physicians in Western New York through the medical school, residency or fellowship," he said. "That’s our mission and that’s what we’re focused on with our hospital partners and physician partners going forward.”
9/13/18
A story reports that first- and second-year students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were part of a panel discussion on the future of the medical field and quotes second-year medical student Emily Slominski, who said she’s interested in learning more about interconnectivity between physicians and providers in other fields. “A lot of our experiences right now can almost be frustrating at times because you have patients that have problems that are kind of outside the realm of what you can help with. So it’s nice to see that they’re bringing in other fields, and connecting, and trying to get at the root of the problems.”
9/7/18
A story on a dinner held by doctors and students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to talk about health care with community members from Buffalo’s East Side interviews Linda F. Pessar, MD, director of the Center for Medical Humanities and professor emerita of psychiatry. Pessar said that with the population becoming increasingly diverse, it’s important that doctors start listening and adapting. “The entrepreneurial private practitioner practicing at the community in which he or she lives and grew up is a fading idol,” she said. "If we don’t become responsive to community members, we will not practice the medicine we need and hope to practice, and it seems to me that’s the bottom line.”
9/6/18
Catholic Health’s CEO Mark Sullivan is taking steps to better understand his new position, including an hour-long meeting with Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, to discuss how Catholic Health can play a greater role with medical students.
7/23/18
Spectrum TV covered the installation of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences sign at the building’s Washington Street entrance.
7/6/18
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, comments on the success of the first semester in the new building. “Our first semester in the new building has been exceedingly positive,” he said. “I hear from our students, faculty and staff that the new building has generated a new energy, which was exactly what we had hoped to achieve.”
7/2/18
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to recruit 16 residents in radiology over the next four years, beginning with four enrollees next March through the National Resident Matching Program.
6/8/18
An article about health disparities in the local African-American community features Linda F. Pessar, MD, professor emerita of psychiatry and founder and director of the Center for Medical Humanities in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Pessar participated in a daylong event in April at the new home of the Jacobs School that was designed to bring awareness to the issue and come up with ways to ignite change, which was sponsored by UB’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. “We have over 200 years of built-in distrust with the African-American community,” Pessar said. “We cannot offer care that will be accepted until we spend some time building trust.”
5/30/18
Business First reports on how the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ RISE (Research, Innovation, Surgical Simulation, Education) initiative is taking a unique approach to teaching anatomy and quotes John E. Tomaszewski, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Peter A. Nickerson, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, and Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.