Category Archives: Medical

Mini Med Series: More Than Our Share – Diseases of WNY

UB Mini Medical School
Sponsored in part by UBMD

More Than Our Share – Diseases of Western New York
Presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Covering diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more.

Tuesday, June 6 • 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13 ​6-8 p.m.

150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

UB’s Mini Medical School series is a public service offered to those
ages 16 and older. Anyone interested in learning about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare is encouraged to attend.

Cost is $5 per session or free for students with a valid ID. Parking is
available in the Sherman Road lot, directly off Bailey Avenue next
to Farber Hall.

To register, click here.

For more information about the series, please visit
the Mini Medical School website.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Britton at
jlobaugh@buffalo.edu or 716-829-2773.

Four Tips for Completing Your AMCAS Application

The 2018 AMCAS application cycle is now open. While the information entered in the application is straightforward, it can be easy to make simple mistakes that may delay processing time. We asked the AMCAS Verification Team, who reviews and processes thousands of applications each year, to provide some essential tips to help you successfully complete your application and avoid potential delays.

Read the article.

*Key Dates* for 2017 Applicants to Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) Medical Schools

**The EARLY submission of complete and comprehensive centralized applications is strongly encouraged.**

 Key Dates for AMCAS (MD)

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Opens for MD Applicants – May 2, 2017

Submission of applications allowed – June 1, 2017

First batch of processed and verified applications transmitted to MD Schools – June 30, 2017

Additional information can be found at https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/applying-medical-school-amcas/ in the month of April.

 

Key AACOMAS Dates/DO Applicant Information

American Association of Schools of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) Opens for Completion and Submission – May 4, 2017

First batch of processed and verified applications transmitted to DO Schools – June 15, 2017

 Academic Update (Coursework) Periods:

    • Sept 1, 2017 – Oct 13, 2017
    • Dec 14, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
    • Mar 15, 2018 – Apr 13, 2018

More information about Academic Update is included below.

Updates for the 2017-2018 AACOMAS Cycle

  • Repeat Coursework Policy Change
    Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation. For additional information, see the full notice.

 College Information Resources

  • AACOM plans to create online content about each US college of osteopathic medicine available on the AACOM website by the end of April. More CIB content will also be digitally loaded onto the website. As in previous cycles, all paid members of NAAHP will receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) in the mail by the end of May. The 2017 CIB is available online at www.aacom.org/cib.

 Tips for Applying

  • Apply Early (but don’t rush!)
    While AACOMAS opens for submissions on May 4, colleges do not begin receiving and reviewing files until June 15. While applying early (by August 1) increases an applicant’s chances of obtaining an interview at a college of osteopathic medicine, students are still encouraged take their time in carefully completing their application.
  • Fee Waivers
    A limited number of AACOMAS fee waivers are available at the start of each cycle. AACOM plans to allocate additional funds for fee waivers this cycle, but traditionally, funds are exhausted by July. Once approved for a fee waiver, applicants must submit their application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). For these reasons, advisors should encourage applicants to carefully review all fee waiver instructions and adjust their application timeline accordingly.
  • FAQ: Missing Official MCAT Scores
    Questions about missing official MCAT scores are one of the most frequent reasons for contacting AACOMAS customer service. Submitting official MCAT scores to AACOMAS is a 2-step process:

    1. Applicants must accurately self-report their name, date of birth, and AAMC ID (distributed upon taking the MCAT exam) in the AACOMAS application.
    2. Applicants must visit the MCAT Score Reporting System website and electronically release official scores to AACOMAS.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods
    Academic Update enables applicants to enter newly completed or planned courses in their application after it has been submitted and verified. Failing to submit updated coursework may delay a college’s review of the applicant’s file. Encourage applicants to submit updates and final transcripts to AACOMAS during the designated Academic Update Periods outlined above.

 Contacting Customer Service

  • Applicant Customer Service
    Questions about the AACOMAS application or the Evaluator Portal (letters/references) should be directed to aacomasinfo@liaisoncas.com or (617) 612-2889 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm ET.

Spirituality in Health Care Dinner and Presentation

You’re invited to a potluck dinnerand presentation on
“Spirituality in Health Care”
Friday April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Here are some questions that this talk and discussion will be addressing:
What does medical research say about the link between spirituality and health?
Why should we ask patients about their faith? Isn’t that unethical?
When is it ok to pray with patients and how do we do it?
How can we assist patients in improving their health and well-being by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs?
Whatever other questions you may have regarding this topic

Speaker:
David Holmes, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UB Dept. of Family Medicine

Dr. Holmes is a family physician who sees patients at ECMC Family Health Center and the UB|MD Addiction Medicine Clinic. He teaches at UB and directs a course titled “Faith, Medicine and End of Life Care”. He also directs the global health education program where UB medical students and residents provide medical care in developing countries. His research activities focus on spirituality and addictions. He is the volunteer Medical Director for Good Neighbors Health Care and the Cornerstone Manor clinic. His UB faculty profile is at: http://medicine.buffalo.edu/faculty/profile.html?ubit=dholmes

Location:
Good Neighbors Health Care 175 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY 14210
(there’s plenty of off-street parking) Tel: 716-856-2400

Bonus:
Those who are interested, can get a tour of Good Neighbors and the Harvest House Ministry Center and learn more about the great things that take place in this building. Good Neighbors provides free healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. The free services include primary care, psychiatry, dental care, optometry (with free glasses), chiropractic care, mental health counseling, social work and spiritual care. All services are free and are provided by volunteers. Good Neighbors is open Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. For more info about these services check out: https://www.harvesthouse.ws/goodneighbors

Questions/RSVP:
Please contact Chris Sullivan, Director of CMDA of WNY

585-260-5312, ccsullivan28@gmail.com

Come and enjoy! All are welcome regardless of beliefs, field of study or occupation.
Your family and friends are also invited.

Please note that students are not required to bring any food for the potluck, but please be sure to RSVP.

UB Mini Medical School for April 2017

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

UB Mini Medical School
Sponsored in part by UBMD

Trends in Medicine – Our Healthcare Future
Presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Covering genomics, telemedicine, electronic medical records and more.

Tuesday, April 4 • 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 ​6-8 p.m.

150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

UB’s Mini Medical School series is a public service offered to those
ages 16 and older. Anyone interested in learning about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare is encouraged to attend.

Cost is $5 per session or free for students with a valid ID. Parking is
available in the Sherman Road lot, directly off Bailey Avenue next
to Farber Hall.

To register, click here.

For more information about the series, please visit
the Mini Medical School website.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Britton at
jlobaugh@buffalo.edu or 716-829-2773.