Summer 2020 Orientation

Orientation officially begins on Monday, August 3rd, 2020. The White Coat ceremony will take place on Friday, August 7th, 2020. Students in the class of 2024 are required to attend orientation activities, so please plan accordingly.

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Some elements of this year's orientation are still in the works. Please check back often.

Michael E. Cain, MD.

Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

As you begin this leg of the journey towards becoming a physician, you do so under extraordinary world circumstances.

Where the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our learning environment, we will optimize remote learning and will navigate in-person classwork and clinical work with utmost attention to safety.

As our country and world recoils from the recent brutal death of George Floyd, we will seek to make changes to ensure that our students and our patients feel safe and respected.

And where COVID-19 has laid bare the deep consequences of structural racism, we will learn, together, how to better address and overcome the social determinants of health in the surrounding communities of Western New York.

Even with such challenges as you and we currently face, in your upcoming years with us in Buffalo you will encounter some of the most exciting learning opportunities you have ever had, and these will ultimately steer your career trajectory. You will experience tremendous personal growth. Medicine is a most noble profession; it is arguably the only profession that strives daily to rid the reason - namely human disease - for its very existence. Our expectations for your accomplishments, leadership, and excellence in medicine, in science and in medical education, are unbridled.

In my tenure as Dean, I am convinced that our shared vision for the school is achievable — achievable in part because of students like you. It is clear to me that to fulfill our potential for excellence in research, education and clinical care, and to optimally serve the residents of Western New York, we must attract a diverse class of top students. We must graduate top physicians and physician-scientists. And, we must recruit our alumni to remain in Buffalo and join our faculty, thereby enriching our community through their pioneering research and advancement of clinical programs.

We continue to grow, through new leadership in our basic science and clinical departments. Our location in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, steps away from Buffalo General Medical Center, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Gates Vascular Institute, the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center creates synergies and enhances your learning opportunities.

Our academic health center is enriched through our collaborative educational, research and clinical practice programs with the university’s School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Public Health and Health Professions.

On behalf of the faculty, staff, students and alumni, I congratulate you on your decision to pursue your medical education at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. I look forward to seeing you at the White Coat Ceremony, whether that be in person, or virtual.


Michael E. Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Individuals traveling to New York State from certain other states are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Jacobs School medical students traveling from those states must arrive in Buffalo by July 17.

Contact Info

Orientation Committee
Offices of Medical Education
Room 1201, 955 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2802
Fax: (716) 829-2798