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Bridging Buffalo’s gap between poverty, health care

Jesse Cole imagined himself becoming a highly paid physician working in a fancy hospital, just like those featured on television shows.

“That would be my career,” said Cole, who was raised in suburban Maryland and came to Buffalo to study medicine.

But his thinking shifted.

Why? Because of the semester he and 13 fellow students at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences spent in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods.

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UB welcomes largest-ever medical school class

They volunteer at food pantries and suicide hotlines, work with the homeless and refugees, and assist at hospice and Meals on Wheels. They’ve done research on cancer, diabetes and geriatrics, and worked on medical missions all over the globe.

They are the 180 students of the Class of 2021 at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who received their white coats at a ceremony on Friday in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts.

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