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.
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
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.