BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The new UB medical school has taken years to plan and now construction on the eight-story facility that will stand at Main and High streets on the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is set to begin.
The 540,000-square foot building will bring medical students into a medical hub of hospitals and research centers destined to be on a par with Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and St. Louis.
UB Pathology Department Chairman Dr. John Tomaszewski said, "All the pieces of the practice and the science of medicine in one place. People function best when they are interacting in the same geographic area around commonly seen problems."
Right now UB medical students like William Stendardi study on the university's South Campus and are removed from the Medical Corridor. He knows what the new location offers.
"We're going to be seeing patients every day. We're going to be around physicians, researchers, other health care professionals, and we're going to be around health care every day we go to class," Stendardi said.
Students will be within walking distance of Buffalo General Hospital and the new Gates Vascular Institute, as well as Roswell Park Cancer Institute and world class research centers. Dr. Peter Ostrow, who was in charge of UB's medical education 29 years ago, says this kind of exposure for medical students can make a world of difference in their education.
"The notion of having patients next to students is at the heart of medical education," Dr. Ostrow said.
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