Medical Student Education

Medical student and faculty member.

Our faculty play an active role in your predoctoral education, teaching you across all four years of medical school.

Our department coordinates the first year of the two-year Clinical Practice of Medicine course, and our faculty lead most of the seminar groups in the first year.

We run the third-year family medicine clerkship, leading didactic sessions and training you at our clinical sites.

Our integrated curriculum on caring for patients with disabilities spans your four-year education.

Our department also offers an elective in primary care for patients with disabilities, among many other family medicine electives.

You may join our Family Medicine Interest Group at any time.

We also offer paid summer research assistantships for rising second-year medical students.

  • Third Year Clerkship
    During our clerkship, you’ll undertake case-based discussions and didactic sessions, and you’ll care for inpatients and outpatients. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to provide continuity of care to a standardized patient. Plus, if rural medicine interests you, you can gain experience treating medically underserved patients.
  • Global Health Opportunities
    Throughout their education, our medical students gain invaluable global health experience caring for underserved patients in developing countries.
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
    Network with family medicine physicians and residents, develop professionally and refine your clinical aptitude while gaining a deeper understanding of our field.
  • Research Opportunities
    When you collaborate with our world-class faculty researchers, you’ll explore innovative ways to treat patients and advance health care.
  • Electives
    From addiction medicine to caring for individuals with disabilities, our electives familiarize you with the scope of clinical services a family physician provides and the breadth of medical knowledge our profession encompasses.
  • Awards and Scholarships
    We value your commitment to family medicine — and we recognize it with numerous awards to nurture your interest in our field.

Contact Us

Vice Chair for Predoctoral Education

Symons, Andrew

Andrew Symons, MD, MS

Clinical Professor; Vice Chair for Medical Student Education, Department of Family Medicine

UBMD Primary Care at Sheridan 2465 Sheridan Drive Tonawanda, NY 14150

Phone: (716) 835-9800; Fax: (716) 835-9876


Associate Director

Denise McGuigan, MSEd

Principal Education Specialist

Family Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Room 6101G, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2922; Fax: (716) 829-2933


Clerkship Coordinator

Michelle Kasprzyk.

Michelle Kasprzyk

Clerkship Coordinator

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Room 6101, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3800