University Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the State University of Buffalo was a private institution when it was established in 1846; it merged with the SUNY system in 1962. Instrumental in organizing the medical school was Millard Fillmore, the first chancellor, who later became the thirteenth president of the United States. The University of Buffalo has the most comprehensive campus in the SUNY system.


4-year semimodern. The curriculum is designed to teach students in the fundamentals of medicine. It seeks to demonstrate the interrelationships between the basic and clinical sciences, allow early exposure to patient care, and provide ample opportunities to explore both primary care and medical specialties. Integrated organ system-based modules are used to teach the basic sciences. In addition to traditional lectures and laboratories, students participate in small-group problem-based learning.An active learning style is encouraged. The third year offers the traditional clerkships and elective opportunities. Students may take as many as 4 elective experiences away from Buffalo in the fourth year.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school is committed to the educational preparation of students from underrepresented population groups in medicine. Other degree programs: The medical school offers early-assurance guarantees to exceptional students at the end of the third semester of college. The school offers an integrated 7-year MD-PhD program limited to a maximum of 4 students per year. The school also offers a combined MD/MBA5-year program limited to 4 students per year, and an MD/MPH program also limited to 4 students per year.


Requirements include the basic premedical science courses and 1 year of English. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is desirable. The choice of a major is optional; however, beyond securing a solid foundation in the sciences by means of the prerequisites, students should seek to develop a background in the social sciences and humanities. Some preference is given to qualified residents of New York State. Competitive out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted from children of alumni regardless of state of residence, but no preferential priority is accorded.


An Honors/Pass/Fail system is used. A Promotion Committee reviews the progress of students at the end of each year and is responsible for recommendations based on all aspects of the student’s work and departmental appraisals. Successful completion of Step 1 of the USMLE in 3 attempts is required before matriculating to the third year. Teaching: The preclinical years are taught in totally modern facilities completed in 1986, which provide an environment conductive to informal experiences, small group teaching, and student enrichment.Amodern computer-assisted learning laboratory, together with study carrels, is located in the school and the Health Science Library. The library is “world class” with a fine collectionoftextbooksandjournals,anexcellentreadingroom, and a history of medicine collection. Clinical teaching is coordinated in 9 hospitals located in Buffalo and the suburbs of Amherst, and at rural sites in the Buffalo area.

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