The Medical Student Government
of the Jacobs School of Medicine
at the University at Buffalo
Completely Student-run...
and housing over 30 Student Interest Groups

Polity Officers



Welcome to Jacobs School of Medicine Polity



is the Medical Student Government of the Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo.

Our main goal is to work toward the betterment of student life within the Medical School Community. We accomplish this by catering to the needs of the students, whether they be academic, social, or emotional.

Polity attains its goals by:

  • Promoting more efficient communication within the School of Medicine by acting as liaisons between medical students and the faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Actively participating in policy making and other decisions of the School of Medicine
  • Accepting responsibility for the disbursement of funds, mainly received through Student Activity fees, to our 25+ clubs and organizations.
  • Establishing criteria for, and providing the recognition of, student organizations within the School of Medicine
  • Coordinating other groups or committees, which represent the medical student body as a whole

Wondering what Polity is up to?

To find out what polity has been doing for medical students, you can access the Minutes sent out after each monthly meeting, and follow us on Facebook!


Polity created its Constitution and By-Laws in the spring of 2004 to provide a framework and guidance for Polity leadership, both present and future. This contains detailed information on the procedures for conducting various aspects of Polity business. Other policy documents and forms can be found in the Polity Documents section.

Medical School News

  • Sharma Granted $1 Million to Study Heart Failure After Heart Attack
    on September 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Umesh Sharma, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study galectin-3, a protein involved in heart failure. […]

  • Method Helps Determine Whether Mouse MS Results Affect Humans
    on September 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Researchers in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology have developed and successfully tested a method for determining whether promising new multiple sclerosis (MS) treatments in mice could be effective in humans. […]

  • Medical School Construction Enters the Homestretch
    on September 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    The cranes are long gone from the new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. So is the industrial elevator, or “buck hoist,” that carried workers up and down the outside of the building. Nearly all 27,000-plus locally produced terra cotta panels that give the building’s outer shell a distinctive, clay-colored skin have been installed. […]

  • Students Highlight Projects During 2017 Summer Research Day
    on September 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Seventy-six student-scientists presented projects during the 2017 Buffalo Summer Research Day, an interdisciplinary forum marking the culmination of their summer research in Buffalo. […]

  • 3 Residents Highlighted in Buffalo Ophthalmology Symposium
    on September 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Three residents provided presentations concentrating on retinal diseases and treatment at a symposium sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology and the Ross Eye Institute. […]

  • Children, Parents, Restaurateurs Have Stake in Healthier Kids’ Meals
    on September 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Research by Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, PhD, involving parents, children and restaurant executives could be used to promote healthier children’s meals in restaurants. […]

  • Hoste Recognized for Research Involving Antidepressant Drugs
    on September 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Allen Hoste, working under the guidance of mentor Tracey A. Ignatowski, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, tied for first place in the undergraduate poster award at the New York Pharmacology Society (NYPS) sixth annual scientific meeting. […]

  • 14 New Faculty Join 5 Medical School Departments
    on August 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Fourteen faculty members with varied research and clinical expertise have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months. […]

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