Second-year medical student Nicholas Swain tidies up around the Friends of Night People shelter as part of UB’s Medical Student Day of Service.
Cleaning up the interior of the Macedonia Baptist Church was on the day’s “to do” list for medical students, from left, Quinn Magiera, Lorna Krabill, Alina Gandrabur and Meghan Long.
From left, medical students Sara Armstrong, Erin Clough, Weilin Chan and John Traversone remove weeds from the Pelion Community Garden during the Medical Student Day of Service.
Published September 10, 2019
One hands-on way to accomplish that is through UB’s Medical Student Day of Service, an opportunity for first-year medical students to get involved in the Buffalo community and interact with their classmates.
Sixty-seven first-year medical students, along with 10 upperclassmen student leaders and six faculty and staff members participated in the sixth annual Medical Student Day of Service Aug. 3.
They performed garden work and other cleanup endeavors at six service projects sites:
Participation in the Medical Student Day of Service is not mandatory, but Jacobs School medical students are required to perform 10 hours of community service in each of their preclinical years — a combination of volunteer work and service learning.
The annual Medical Student Day of Service provides students with hands-on opportunities to give back to the community, notes David A. Milling, MD, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs.
“In addition to learning about health disparities and cultural competency, our students should leave the community stronger than when they arrived in Buffalo,” he adds.
Second-year medical student Becca Luterman was a student leader this year after participating in the event last year as an incoming student.
“I think in general that we spend so much time studying the first two years of medical school that it is really easy to forget there exists an entire community outside of the medical school’s walls,” she says.
Luterman says spending time with people in the community last year was a great introduction to downtown Buffalo and provided her with the opportunity to meet some of the faculty and upperclassmen.
“I am grateful I got to do it again this year. My goal was to try and help the first-year students as best I could and to meet as many people as I possibly could outside of our medical bubble,” she says.
“It was a really great reminder to me that I am so lucky to receive my medical training in such a diverse and warm community like Buffalo,” Luterman adds.
The Medical Student Day of Service is sponsored by the Offices of Medical Education and the John A. Wendel Endowment Fund, established by Virginia Wendel.