Media Coverage

An article on AMA Wire, a publication of the American Medical Association, interviews Moudi Hubeishy, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Class of 2019. Hubeishy is founder and program director for UB HEALS (Homeless health, Education, Awareness and Leadership in Street medicine), a community outreach program being conducted by UB medical students and physicians from the Jacobs School. “The program has won numerous awards and grants, and — more importantly — has reconnected many homeless individuals with the medical and social care they have been looking for, while exposing and educating medical trainees and professionals about the challenges faced by their patients with low socioeconomic status,” he said.
Shanté White, who will graduate today from the Jacob School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is interviewed about her journey to become a physician, including being the first generation of her family to attend college and the struggles members of her family had with drug and alcohol addiction. “I can say for the first time in my life — I should have said it before — that I’m really proud of myself. Just reflecting back on how I grew up and the things I went through … it’s been hard,” she said.
An article about concerns among UB officials that proposed cuts in state graduate medical education funding will hurt efforts to diversify the physician workforce interviews David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs. “It is important that our medical professionals reflect the populations that they serve, but we have not been able to meet those numbers in New York State,” he said.
A feature story on the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building and the impact it is expected to have on medical education at UB quotes Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School; Alan J. Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum and associate professor of medicine; and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, director of campus planning at UB. “We can take advantage of the building. We can look at courses taught in the traditional lecture format and change that to teach in an interactive learning manner, small groups or simulation,” Cain said.
Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, talks about the construction of the school’s new building downtown and the 25 percent increase in enrollment in the school this year to help address the regional and national physician shortage. “Part of this vision of continuing to increase excellence in health care delivery in Western New York was doing these three things: we are moving the medical school, we are building a new one specially designed to be 21st century and we are building programs that attract students here and keep students here and allow us to recruit the best physician-scientists.”
A story about the opioid epidemic reports UB is dealing with the problem by increasing education in the field from medical education to social work, with 1,000 students from 11 professional groups gathering in November to talk about a fictional case of a woman who goes from dental problems to addiction and what went wrong, and interviews Lisa Jane Jacobsen, MD, MPH, associate dean of medical curriculum. "Everyone's talking about the opioid epidemic and, sadly, everyone has somebody they know who is suffering from it or has died from it," she said. 
A story about the impact the doctor shortage is having on Western New York looks at efforts by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to slow the trend, and interviews Gina Sparacino, a fourth-year medical student at UB who is one of the first recipients of a scholarship from the Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund, which gives Western New York natives an incentive to stay in the area after they graduate from the medical school. “I am seeing a lot more of the Buffalo students who want to stay, especially with the need for physicians in Western New York,” she said.
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences welcomed its largest class of medical students at a ceremony where 180 students received their white coats. David A. Milling, MD, associate dean for student and academic affairs, discussed the reasons why the school was able to boost its enrollment, including the new medical school building downtown. “With new space that can accommodate them, increase class sizes — so a perfect opportunity for us to do this. Workforce issues in our area and outside our area as well,” he said.
An article on the AMSNY site reports that Jaafar M. Angevin, post-baccalaureate program coordinator in the Office of Student and Academic Affairs, has been recognized with a staff award of excellence for promoting inclusion and cultural diversity at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The incoming class at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will increase by 25 percent to 180 students. Over four years, the medical school will grow to 720 medical students. Nearly 2,000 faculty, staff and students will be based at the downtown campus by January.
UB Heals, which is dedicated to reconnecting the homeless population with the health-care system, has earned a pair of grants for its efforts. The program won $5,000 in the region’s second Pitch 10 Competition, where nonprofit organizations had a chance to pitch their project or idea. Last month the program won a $9,000 grant from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Both grants will go toward purchase of a van to provide a private space for clinical consultations and to store medical equipment.
A walking tour of a Buffalo East Side community by students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was designed to provide a better understanding of real life issues the students will encounter when they begin working directly with patients in their third year during clinical rotations.  
Business First interviews Alan J. Lesse, MD, vice chair for education and senior associate dean for medical curriculum in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, about how medical education has changed, the evolution of what students learn and how they learn, and how the medical school’s curriculum will change when it moves into its new home downtown. “We want to look at the finished product, what do we want our students to be, and then reverse-engineer that,” says Lesse, associate professor or medicine.
A story on UB HEALS, a street medicine outreach program conducted by medical students that makes rounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays to offer preventive care to Buffalo’s homeless, interviews medical student Moudi Hubeishy and others involved in the program, including Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, associate professor of family medicine.