Well Beyond Curriculum

Students learn in anatomy lab.

Today’s dynamic health care environment — with increased pressure and constantly growing complexities — demands physician-scientists who have undertaken comprehensive training in an innovative program.

That’s why, at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, we’ve developed an all-new, cutting-edge curriculum called Well Beyond. Our medical education program will prepare you to take a giant leap into your health care career with a robust foundation of knowledge bolstering your every move.

Looking for another curriculum?

Medical students admitted to the Jacobs School before 2024 train under our classic curriculum.

First Things First: Build a Body of Knowledge

We’re training physicians who are humbly curious — who see their patient holistically and explore resolutions with open perspectives.
Students learn in a clasroom in a small group.

In small groups with faculty facilitators, continually expand your expertise and develop rigorous and repeatable approaches to problem-solving.

We’ll give you a strong start. Begin developing your mastery of medicine during Phase 1 of our curriculum. You’ll gain foundational skills and insights for practice while preparing for the USMLE Step 1 Exam.

Early clinical experiences allow you to apply the information and skills you’re learning to real patients and their problems. 

Gain Clinical Experience Early in Training

Knowledge strengthens compassion just as compassion strengthens knowledge.
A trainee examines a patient.

The training we provide will equip you with skills to adapt to the ever-changing world of health care.

Phase 2 of our curriculum is designed to integrate content mastery and compassionate care practices early and often, shaping who students become as physicians and people. 

Applying content in the real world strengthens your functional understanding and resilient problem-solving approaches.

Get Ready for Residency & Help Move Health Care Forward

Education is not nearly over when the coursework is complete.
Students sit with the dean.

We’ll prepare you to be a competent, forward-thinking physician who will practice exceptional heath care upon graduation.

A major highlight of the new curriculum is the enhanced and expanded third phase of our program, which allows you to participate in specialty-specific electives and activities while thoroughly preparing for residency.

Each experience provides new perspectives that will help you build confidence and see opportunities for critical improvement.

Connect With a Learning Community

We are teaching future practitioners that they are citizens of the system. How you’re treated becomes how you treat.
Students sit with one another.

Develop bonds that connect your studies today with your practice tomorrow. 

Medical school is an inherently intense experience, but fellow students and faculty members at the Jacobs School will be stepping up to look out for you. Here, you’ll be plugged into a network that will raise you up, academically, professionally and personally.

Why UB? Why Here?

Students aren’t just taking care of the person in front of them, but also the community around them.
Jacobs School building.

Study — and truly learn — in a diverse health care hub.

There are plenty of reasons why students choose UB — starting with our incredibly invested, world-class faculty; our distinction as a top public research university; and our standing as one of the top public schools in the Northeast, to name a few. For emerging practitioners, there are even more reasons.

Behind-the-Scenes Innovation: It Matters

A multitude of voices shared their perspectives on how our new curriculum could look. We listened.
Dr. Meka meets with a trainee.

Rewarding results take time. We’re proud of the comprehensive, multifaceted, years-long process we undertook when reimagining the curriculum. 

We’re committed to providing curriculum that stays current in today’s ever-changing health care landscape — and we haven’t taken the redesign process lightly. Meticulous and thoughtful, we’ve considered myriad approaches backed by research to ensure this revision yields transformative education.