Category Archives: UB

Premeds Without Borders Officers for 2018-19

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Premeds Without Borders for 2018-19!

President – Maddy Carroll

Vice-President – Samantha Hidalgo

Treasurer– Elizabeth Arenare

Secretary– Maria Mazuca

Co-Community Chairs: Leonardo Hernandez-Gomez and Rae Hermans

Co-Public Relations Chairs: Bryan Velez and Hamza Ahmed

APMS Officers for 2018-2019

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Association of Pre-Med Students for2018-2019!

President: Katie O’Donnell

Vice President: Sarah Hosking

Treasurer: Matt Helou

Secretary: Amy Trieu

Chief Shadowing Coordinator: Alyssa Reese

ER Shadowing Coordinator: Cynthia Chan

Public Relations Coordinator: Emily Heim

Volunteer Coordinator: Anxhela Nezha


Mini Med Series: Cardiovascular Disease

UB Mini Med School: An Inside Look
Sponsored in part by UBMD

Cardiovascular Disease

Join physicians and researchers from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as they discuss advances in care and research into cardiovascular disease.

Tuesday, February 6 • 6–8 p.m.
150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

Oral Health and Cardiovascular Disease
Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD
Director, UB Microbiome Center
Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology, Periodontics and Microbiology
School of Dental Medicine

Cardiovascular System Anatomy
Stuart D. Inglis, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Tuesday, February 13 • 6–8 p.m.
150 Farber Hall (butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

Transcatheter Valve Replacement
Vijay S. Iyer, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Director, Complex Valve Clinic
Buffalo General Hospital

Congestive Heart Failure
George E. Matthews, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

UB’s Mini Med School 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 high school and college students with a valid ID.


Questions? Contact Alexander J. Eadie, 716-829-2971.


Phi-240 Level Course Proposal: The Philosophy of Medicine: Theory and Practice

This course will investigate some very influential conceptions of health and disease and then apply the theories to some major controversies in medicine. We will first explore some of the leading conceptions of health and disease. Many of these arose in response to the anti-psychiatry movement that emerged in the 1960s, so we will begin with a paper representative of the latter group. Then we will examine leading naturalist, normativist, and hybrid accounts of disease. The naturalist offers a value-free analysis of health and disease, relying upon the biological notions of function and dysfunction. Dysfunction will be sufficient for disease. The normativist will argue that diseases must harm individuals and that the society’s values will determine what is harmful. Hybrid theorists claim part dysfunction is merely a necessary but not sufficient condition for someone to be unhealthy. What is also required for disease is that the individual be harmed by the dysfunction.

After obtaining some clarity about the competing philosophical conceptions of health and disease, we will bring such theoretical treatments to bear upon current controversies in medicine. We will consider whether medicine is essentially pathocentric and doctors should refrain from using their medical knowledge to promote other goals like enhancements, euthanasia, judicial executions, and military interrogations etc. We will explore whether mental health practitioners are failing to distinguish diseases from “problems of living” and consequently are medicating healthy people. We will further pursue this question with a study of whether “normal” grief is to be viewed as a pathological condition like a wound or is a properly functioning process of healing. Then we will tackle the controversial issue whether the disabled should be cured or rather the focus should be on altering an “ableist” society that makes their mere disability into a harmful condition. A somewhat related issue is whether children born with sexual organs of both sexes should they be surgically altered to remove their ambiguous sexuality or should medicine and the broader society change its attitudes to them? We next will examine whether health is the key condition to our being autonomous. Then we will explore the issue of whether the addicted are diseased and so not responsible for their conduct. We will end with a discussion of whether aging is a healthy normal stage or a pathological loss of abilities.


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Course satisfies pathways requirement