BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - UB's new medical school will bring thousands of additional faculty, staff and students into downtown Buffalo.
Dr. Peter Ostrow, who was dean of curriculum at the medical school for five years, knows the significance of this move. He says the education has always been high quality, but one of the nagging problems has always been that the basic sciences and the clinical training were miles apart. But soon they won't be.
Dr. Charles Severin, associate dean for medical education, said, "Right now, because of our geographic location, students have to go down to Buffalo General or to Roswell Park or to Women and Children's Hospital."
Second year med student Alexander Strait added, "Some people have to go out to Orchard Park. I've gone to Buffalo General a lot, not always on time. Some time we miss things with patients that would be good to see."
And second year med student Becky Dhao noted, "I'm taking volunteers to Women and Children's Hospital, but it takes time to get there. It takes time to carpool, so if we could just walk across the street, and go volunteer, it would be much easier to match schedules."
The new medical school will fix that and education will improve for students and faculty. A faculty member could come over from a GI clinic, give a presentation on a GI problem, and then leave with some students to go back to the clinic so they can actually see patients that might have a GI issue."
The new medical school will also be large, allowing the class size to increase gradually to 180 students a year. The first class will enter in 2016.
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