I wanted a more intellectually stimulating and socially conscious career than the business world was giving me.
The school gave me such a warm welcome when I toured as an applicant. The comprehensive nature of the curriculum—very thorough from basic to advanced—seemed well-suited to a student with little biomedical course experience.
In my preclinical years, I volunteered at a refugee clinic. We helped provide a medical home for asylum seekers from Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. The histories are wrenching to hear. Almost all of the patients have lost a close relative to violence.
I could never just show up and get taught. UB Medical School allows you to contribute knowledge—not just consume it.
It definitely makes primary care a more attractive and viable option. The need for high-quality, basic healthcare in Western New York is great. In 2010, we sent 42 graduating seniors into internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.
The faculty show great pride in our record of service and extol our volunteer experiences to residencies during application season. I think it is a great idea. Residencies are looking for candidates who show a genuine, unforced spirit of altruism.
I connected with medical students across the country and the world by running for the office of student representative to the American Association of Medical Colleges. The Buffalo administration likes to experiment with new modes of learning, and the AAMC reps bring back innovative ideas from participating schools.
I am in my 30s, and many friends were shocked when I said I was becoming a physician. But UB gave me a great sense of belonging and support. When I struggled with biochemistry and anatomy, the administration gave me support instead of advising me to quit. I will always be grateful!