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

  • Research Provides Fresh Clues to Protein’s Role in Corneal Disease
    on January 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Researchers in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics have proposed a single, unifying model for an elusive membrane transport protein involved in a rare hereditary condition that results in vision loss. […]

  • Internal Medicine Residents Win Top Awards for Research Posters
    on January 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Two residents in the Department of Medicine won top awards for poster presentations of their research involving quality improvement measures at an abstract competition hosted by the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians (NYACP). […]

  • UB, RCP Celebrate Decade of Teacher-Training Partnership
    on December 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    UB recently marked the 10-year anniversary of its collaboration with London’s Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on a one-of-a-kind program that trains clinical educators for the demands of teaching medical students and residents. […]

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program Wins National Award
    on December 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    The Department of Psychiatry’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Primary Care (CAP-PC) program has received a 2016-17 national Psychiatric Services Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). […]

  • With $650K Grant, Canty Explores Molecular Remodeling in VF
    on December 23, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    John M. Canty Jr., MD — an attending cardiologist at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Albert and Elizabeth Rekate Professor of Medicine — has been awarded a $650,000 merit review grant from the Veterans Health Administration to explore why people die from ventricular fibrillation (VF) as the only manifestation of heart disease. […]

  • 26 New Faculty Join 11 Medical School Departments
    on December 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Twenty-six faculty with varied research and clinical expertise — including two division chiefs and an associate dean for medical curriculum — have joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences over the past several months. […]

  • Calcium Channel Research May Help Improve MS Therapies, More
    on December 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Researchers have identified a critical step in myelination after birth that has significance for treating neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). […]

  • Mechanic Takes Career Detour to Medical School
    on December 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    After a career as an auto mechanic servicing Audis and Porsches, Russell Pizzo is now studying to be a physician at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. […]

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