Summer 2022 Orientation

Orientation officially begins on Monday, August 1st, 2022. The White Coat ceremony will tentatively take place on Friday, August 5th, 2022. Students in the class of 2026 are required to attend orientation activities, so please plan accordingly.

Allison Brashear.

Dear incoming member of the Class of 2026,

Welcome to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences!

Your academic career here promises to be enriching, exciting and full of success. Each one of you possess unique qualities that will enrich our school community.

Congratulations on selecting one of the nation’s top 40 public universities. The University at Buffalo is also one of just 66 universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). This is a distinction given to institutions whose research, education and discoveries transform society.

UB is also a flagship institution of the SUNY system, which is a distinction that reinforces our stature among premier public research universities. A flagship university sets the standard to which other institutions aspire. You should feel proud knowing you are studying among the nation’s best and brightest students and learning from esteemed faculty.

At the Jacobs School, we have a mission to create new knowledge and communicate it to you. We fulfill our mission through a strategic plan focused on medical education, research, clinical care and inclusion. We take seriously our responsibility to improve the human condition through our scholarship, clinical care, engagement and educational programs.

Through a distinctive combination of classroom study, simulation, active learning, applied learning, research and clinical care, we will help you develop the confidence, skills, expertise, empathy and leadership abilities you need to succeed as physicians, scientists, educators and thought leaders.  

You will be taught by nationally and internationally renowned scientists, instructors honored for their commitment to pre-clinical education and will benefit from novel teaching methods, and practitioners who excel in their areas of specialization. With the help of these mentors, you will develop broad and deep domain knowledge in medicine and related disciplines. Further, you will be ready to put this knowledge into practice four years from now, when you launch into the world of graduate medical education.

Do you seek to become flexible and responsive to shifting trends and needs? Do you strive to meet challenges head-on, develop into a lifelong learner, and use opportunities to your advantage? We are here to help. Our training will shape you into the physician you aspire to become.

We cultivate a culture of collaboration at the Jacobs School. As you immerse yourself in the rigors of medical student life, you can rely on the support of your peers and our faculty members. Additionally, staff in our Office of Student and Academic Affairs and Offices of Medical Curriculum are committed to enhancing your educational experience.

Research is of vital importance at the Jacobs School, and has been an integral part of my life for many years. I have devoted my career to studying movement disorders and have conducted groundbreaking research on ATP1A3-related diseases, a spectrum of rare neurologic disorders. I have received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2008, and my work has fundamentally transformed the way spasticity and dystonia are treated. I have led more than 40 clinical trials aimed at developing potential treatments for spasticity after stroke and cervical dystonia. In short: I have witnessed the many ways research can transform patients’ lives.

As a medical student, you have the unique advantage of learning within our cutting-edge research facilities. You can look forward to participating in faculty-led and individual research opportunities in basic, clinical and translational sciences. You will see how the insights provided by your research can be meaningful and impactful to the community and even the world.

At the Jacobs School, achievement, creativity and innovation are limitless — but effective learning can occur only in a safe, respectful environment that rejects discrimination and embraces diverse perspectives. That’s why it’s important for me to tell you: We are dedicated to advancing equity and creating an inclusive, positive learning environment for everyone.

I take pride in the knowledge that our programs provide students with a solid foundation for a rewarding future. I hope your time at the Jacobs School brings you deep fulfillment. May you experience the exhilaration of intellectual discovery, the thrill of academic victories, the warm camaraderie of your classmates, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with personal growth.

Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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