UB Selected for Statewide Ambulatory Training Initiative

Published April 9, 2013

Story by Alexandra Edelblute

The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was one of five institutions to receive the largest portion of a $10.6 million New York State Department of Health grant to incentivize medical training in ambulatory settings.


UB’s grant will create opportunities for 440 medical students and 68 family medicine residents to train at ambulatory sites where many patients receive care. 

Expanding Training Sites

The grants encourage expanded medical education by helping defray the costs of training at ambulatory care institutions, including diagnostic and treatment centers and physician practices.

Across the state, the awards facilitate expanded clinical training for nearly 1,000 students and residents.  In addition, the expansion to these ambulatory settings as training sites will help ensure that patients treated at them have access to high quality medical care. 

“As our health care system continues to evolve, we need to expand clinical training in ambulatory care settings,” says State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH.  "These awards represent a critical and timely investment to ensure patients have access to high quality care."

Initiative Supports Future of Health Care

The awards are provided through the Doctors Across New York program (DANY), a state-funded initiative promoting physician training and placement in underserved communities.

The program is an important resource to help train the next generation of physicians, says Shah.

Sizable Award for UB, Four Others

UB was among five institutions to receive $750,000, the largest allocation. Its grant will cover five sites over a three-year period.

The grant was awarded to the Department of Family Medicine while it was under the leadership of Thomas C. Rosenthal, MD, emeritus professor and former chair.

Twelve additional institutions across New York received DANY grants of various amounts.