The University at Buffalo, SUNY, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences strives to select students who possess the intelligence, integrity and personal and emotional characteristics that are considered necessary to become excellent and effective physicians. Students admitted to a medical school should have the intellectual and physical skills to gain the knowledge, behaviors and clinical abilities needed to pursue any pathway of graduate medical education.
All applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States and have had two full years or 60 credit hours of higher education in the United States or Canada. Permanent residents must submit a photocopy of both sides of their registration card before any application processing commences.
UB's goal is to prepare its graduates to enter and complete graduate medical education, to qualify for licensure, to provide competent medical care and to have the educational background necessary for continued learning. The School's curriculum is designed to provide a general medical professional education that permits students to learn the fundamental principles of medicine, to acquire skills of critical judgment based on education and experience and to develop an ability to use principles and skills wisely in solving problems of health and disease. Emphasis is placed on the student's ability to learn through self-directed, independent study throughout their professional lives. We provide a broad-based clinical education in both ambulatory and hospital settings with a strong core curriculum in primary care and an exposure to all the specialties.
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the State University of New York at Buffalo admits 135 students to its First-Year Class. Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward medicine. These are judged from the college record, the Medical College Admission Test, letters of reference and evaluation, and personal interview. The "Essential Functions of the Medical School Curriculum" is provided to all applicants. Students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university are preferred. In exceptional cases those with shorter preparation will be considered. In selecting a field of undergraduate concentration, the student should be strongly influenced by his/her real interests. Medicine is a profession with many career opportunities, and the exploration of almost any field in depth is encouraged.
Preference is given to qualified residents of New York State. Competitive out-of-state applicants are encouraged to apply. Students presently matriculated in or having graduated from another professional program (M.S., Ph.D., D.D.S., etc.) are eligible to apply to the First-Year Class only. Students presently enrolled in an American or Canadian or Foreign medical, or Osteopathic schools are ineligible to apply to the First-Year Class but are eligible to apply to our Transfer Program. Students applying as transfers must meet the same academic requirements and will be evaluated in a manner similar to those entering as first year students.