Student Events

Group of young people walking with a medical student leading them through the hallway.

Shadow a Medical Student event.

Students are constant promoters of diversity and inclusion initiatives. This page lists events sponsored by students or in collaboration with other members of our community on inclusion, diversity, cultural competency and equity.  

We will update this page to keep you informed of student-sponsored events.

Upcoming Initiatives

Native American Cultural Competency Training Series

Native American Cultural Competency Event Poster with QR code.

LMSA Event

LMSA General body meeting and game night announcement.

LMSA Mentoring Initiative

LMSA Mentor Initiative Poster with QR.


LMSA Culture of Inclusivity, Belonging and Diversity Event poster.

GSPHA Blood Drive

Blood drive event flyer with QR Code.

Prior Events

SNMA Presents

Taste of Culture 2021 Event poster with QR.
Taste of Culture 2021

The UB chapter of SNMA (Student National Medical Association) held its 10th annual Taste of Culture event at the Jacobs School featuring food from different cultures. This year was a little different with the food being catered, due to COVID-19 protocols, and with the addition of an art display, fashion show, poetry reading and vocal performances that followed the meal. The SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest organization focused on the needs of medical students of color

GSPHA Prehealthfest Series

Event poster.
Cracking the Medical School Application

We will be covering: 

Parts of AMCAS Application
Reviewing Application timeline

How to organize application materials

Creating a SMART School List

Tips to be a competitive Applicant


Alyssa Reese, MS2 Speaker

UB Jacobs School 

LMSA/SNMA Apparel Sales

Apparel sales posters for LMSA and SNMA.

SNMA and LMSA are on it! Support our student's group and get your apparel here and show your pride!!


April 2021 (Date TBD)

Jessie Polanco-Garcia, PhD Associate Scientist, Biology 23andMe

Senior Scientist, (TBD) 23andMe

This seminar series will feature presentations outlining available career opportunities in academia, industry, teaching, government, science policy, and others. Each session will highlight the career trajectory of an IMSD Program alum coupled with a representative from the current employer of the IMSD alum to discuss available career opportunities.


LMSA group posing for a picture during Salsa Night 2021.
Salsa Night 2021

SNMA/LMSA will be hosting a salsa night in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Don't miss it!

Date            : Thursday September 23, 2021 04:00 PM 

Location     : 5443 Sheridan Drive | Williamsville, NY 14221

Cost            : $15.00

Walk with a Future Doc

walk with a doc logo.

This medical student and doctor co-led group is a fun and safe way to learn about health and stay active with new friends. This week’s topic is “What to do about your Flu Shot” by Mark Lawler, MD, PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident, JSMBS.

Saturday, September 4th 2021

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Front Park- 121 Porter Ave Buffalo, NY 14201 (meeting at the pavilion by the entrance)



Applying to Medical School Part I:

Sponsor: SNMA
Date:     June 10th, 2021
Time:     6.30pm
Via:        Zoom

This is the first part in a two-part workshop series designed to assist current pre-medical students on their journey to medical school. In this portion, "The Application", we tackle the biggest barrier to entry for a lot of prospective medical students. From pricing, to biggest pitfalls, to how to best portion your time, we offer tips and tricks for making a standout application, and share some of our own experiences along the way. All interested students/family are welcome! 

This event is FREE!

Second Look Weekend 2021

Second Look Weekend Event Poster.
Second Look Weekend 2021

April 17, 2021 at 12pm

April 18, 2021 at 3pm

Via Zoom

Sponsored by: Office of Medical Admissions
Hosted by: SNMA & LMSA

Second Look Weekend at the Jacobs School of Medicine is an effort put forth in partnership with the local chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) as well as the Office of Medical Admissions. 

This year, Second Look Weekend will be held virtually on Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th. 

The hope of this weekend is to support and welcome accepted students that are underrepresented in medicine and to build an early community for these students here in the city of Buffalo. 

SNMA and LMSA share similar values with commitments to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally sensitive, and socially conscious physicians. Here at Buffalo, the SNMA chapter in collaboration with LMSA and the Office of Medical Admissions is heavily involved in the recruitment of underrepresented minority students through Interviewee Welcome on Interview days, Second Look Weekend, and ongoing communication with accepted and prospective students. 

We know both in clinical practice and medical education, diversity makes us stronger and better for our patients and their families. We hope that with our constant support, SNMA and LMSA is able to have considerable contribution in making the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences mirror the diverse landscape of Buffalo, and cement its mission to the attention and promise of healthy equity in the Buffalo area.


Medical Mock Interview Day Banner featuring Jacobs School building and 2 medical students.
SNMA Mock Interview Day

March 20th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

SNMA is hosting a special event to help prepare aspiring medical school applicants for admissions interviews.

Two medical student volunteers will pair up and interview two prospective student applicants through Zoom breakout sessions. Interviewers will be provided with vignettes in order to closely follow the process of a real interview. 

This event will count for SNMA membership and for community service credit. The flyer provided to the pre-medical students is attached, and if you are interested, please sign up through our link below!

Sing Up Here

Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC)

Amec Poster 2021 - SNMA Conference.
2021 Students Medical National Association (SNMA) Attendance to AMEC


Sponsored by SNMA

Jacobs School’s Medical Students, will attend 2021 AMEC Conference. This meeting will be held virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic. Attendance to this meeting is supported by the Jacobs School fund

Celebration of Inclusiveness in Medicine and Sciences Distinguished Lecture

Portrait of Dr. Maxine Hayes.
Righting the Wrong of Racial Injustice in Health

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:00 pm via Zoom

Keynote Speaker: Maxine Hayes, MD '73.

Distinguished Medical Alumna, 2021.

Clinical Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Clinic Professor Emeritus of Health Services the University of Washington School of Public Health

Join the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, the Medical Alumni Association, Polity, and the Student National Medical Association to welcome Distinguished Medical Alumna Dr. Maxine Hayes. 

Watch this Event Here


Join Indigenous leaders as we learn and dicuss medical mistrust, social determinants of health and Health Equity.
Native American Heritage Month


Event poster background of latinamerican flags.
Latino Pioneers in Medicine and Science

Date: October 13th, 2021

Location: Dozorets Auditorium

Time: 6pm EST

Cost: Free event!

Latino Pioneers in Medicine and Science - A Discussion Panel

Join LMSA and the Office of Inclusion on this Medical and Scientific Panel Discussion where we will feature a keynote address from international guest and thoracic surgeon Dr. Maria del Sol Garcia Ortegon, who is the first physician to perform a heart transplant in Mexico! Furthermore, our esteemed panelists include Dr. Margarita Dubocovich, Dr. Sergio Hernandez, and Dr. Raul Vazquez. Perspectives, paths and what it means to pioneer in your field for latinos today.

More info at


Event poster.
How to survive the MCAT and DAT

Learn on how to study and score high on the MCAT and DAT from our 90th percentile and above panelist!

Join us in the discussion and in a AAMC carts pasasage dissection walkthrough with a 100th percentile Cars scorer.

LMSA Presents

Movie night poster event with QR code.
Movie Night: In the Heights

Join us to watch "In The Heights"

A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

Free Snacks! Free Drinks! Free Entry!

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Dozoretz Auditorium - Jacobs School

Cost: FREE

Presenter: LMSA

Sponsor: Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement


Hispanic Heritage Month call for members 2021 includes QR code.
Hispanic Heritage Month

GSPHA is looking for Latinx Graduate Students to feature on our Instagram & Facebok to increase the visibility of Latinx students and celebrate their achievements!

Graduate Student PreHealth Association (GSPHA)

LatinX in Healthcare poster GSPHA Event.
LatinX in Healthcare

Panel Topic: The Need For Latinx Diversity and Representation in Healthcare

 Moderator: Beatrice Gonzalez, GSPHA President and Founder

Panel Topic:  Navigating Without A Map: Latinx Journey Into Medicine & Dental Medicine 

Moderator: Lori-Ann Johnson, GSPHA Vice-President 


Poster event Polity Golf Tournament 2021 with QR Code.
Polity Golf Tournament

Date: October 10th, 2021

Location: Diamond Hawk Golf Course


  • Check-In (9am)
  • Free Golf Range (9-10am)
  • Golf Starts (10am)

Ticket includes:

  • 18 holes of golf, with an 18-cylinder Lamborghini golf cart
  • An hour of range time
  • Food: lunch and dinner
  • Drinks: beer, and nonalcoholic beverages
  • A day of fun that you will never forget!

Thriving for Excellence in LGBTQ+ Health

Join us for a much needed discussion about LGBTQ+ healthcare, transgender health and the importance of pronouns in the LGBTQ+ community.

The discussion panel will be led by Dr. Scott Darling (University at Buffalo), Matthew Crehan Higgins (Evergreen Health), Aanya Wood (Evergreen Health) and Dan Robertson (LGBTQ+ patient)

DATE: Wednesday June 30th, 2021

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Zoom Link (Free and Open to everyone)

Meeting ID: 956 6847 4458   -  Passcode: 565638

For more information, visit or email us at


Raul Vazquez, MD Headshot.

Monday, April 26, 2021
Via Zoom
4pm EST

Understanding Inequities in Communities of Color

Join the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, the Medical Alumni Association, Medical Advancement, Polity and SNMA as we Celebrate Diversity Month and honor Dr. Raul Vazquez who will discuss community outreach during COVID and the future of healthcare.

Picture a Scientist

A panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM with prominent women scientist and a Nobel Prize laurate

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
3:00 pm via Zoom

Presented by Laura Helmuth, editor in chief for Scientific American.

The panel conversation will focus on the Picture a Scientist documentary and will be centered on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines. Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature) and other world-renowned scientists welcome your questions to add to a candid conversation on diversity and inclusion.


Food Donation Drive Banner Event of February 2021.
Food Donation Drive

February 2021

Food Donation Drive organized by SNMA and BLC Students. All proceed went to Group Ministries. At the JSMBS building they were bins in place to collect food items like pasta, rice, canned and organic food among other organic items.

Black History Month

Celebration of African American Culture this month and all year long, honoring all the outstanding men and women that have made UB what it is now.

Big Brothers and Sisters of Erie, Niagara, and the Southern Tier

Big Brothers and Sisters of Erie, Niagara, and the Southern Tier title in blue background and white letters.
Orientations for the Big Brothers and Sisters of Erie, Niagara, and the Southern Tier

March 12th and 17th

SNMA will be working with the Big Brothers and Sisters organization to connect medical students with local youth to serve as mentors for them. A core goal of SNMA is to increase the interest for medicine in younger schoolchildren and to provide support in appropriate ways that individual mentors see fit.

The first step to becoming a mentor is by attending either orientation date and filling out the linked Google Sheet below! Please reach out to SNMA if you have any questions!


April 8th, 2021 at 4pm

Vidya Ramakrishnan, PhD Associate Scientist (Modeling and Simulation), Clinical Pharmacology

Paul J. Fielder, PhD Vice President, PTPK & ITGR/OMNI Biomarker Development, Genentech 

This seminar series will feature presentations outlining available career opportunities in academia, industry, teaching, government, science policy, and others. Each session will highlight the career trajectory of an IMSD Program alum coupled with a representative from the current employer of the IMSD alum to discuss available career opportunities.

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