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University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Medical School

Mailing Address
955 Main Street
Suite 6186
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 829-3955
School Information
"From our founding as a medical school in 1846, to paving the way for future physicians, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at #UBuffalo builds upon its proud legacy of teaching, patient care and scientific discovery" (Source:
General Information
The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has committed to promoting anti-racist ideology following a 2020 petition by students. As part of this commitment, the school will engage in anti-racism training. An anti-racist curriculum will also be curated and established within the medical school. Fellowships for students will be given if they address inequity. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Following a 2020 petition, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will "provide anti-racism training."
  • The school's Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement offers a series of "Safe Learning" Workshops and state that "Our workshops help everyone gain a fuller understanding of how a number of issues — including unconscious bias, microaggressions and lack of cultural competence — undermine diversity and inclusion, as well as collaboration."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • On September 23, 2022, the school announced, "A new medical curriculum with anti-racism at its core is being designed and implemented at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo."
  • The school's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is listed under "Resident Committees" and is "comprised of 10-12 residents and faculty members, who are involved in designing curricula on this very important concept affecting our nation at all levels." The committee continues, "With these educational sessions, we hope to bring awareness among our community of racial and implicit biases and the steps we can take to achieve health equity." 
  • The school's Department of Surgery outlines its Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and stated that the department is "committed to incorporating the issue of systemic racism into our core surgical curriculum" which includes "The introduction of Health Disparities curriculum into General Surgery training" and "Piloting a Longitudinal Health Disparities Elective at Roswell Park."
Program and Research Funding
  • Following a 2020 petition, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences "has established Social Justice and Equity Administration Leadership fellowships to help medical and biomedical sciences grad students work on projects that address social, educational or health care inequities via $3,500 scholarships plus travel expenses."
  • The school's Department of Pediatrics shared a Campus News article published on February 18, 2022 titled "UB to hold panel discussion on critical race theory." The GSE (Graduate School of Education) standing committee for Equity, Diversity, Justice and Inclusion (EDJI) "organized the program to provide context for the challenges society faces related to critical race theory and to offer guidance for teaching and learning about race and racism in K-12 schools."
Symbolic Actions
  • The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences participated in Igniting Hope, an annual conference. During 2022 conference, students were told to "use your knowledge and expertise to address hate and racism."
Last updated February 20th, 2023
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