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

  • Match Day 2017
    on March 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Medical students in the University at Buffalo’s Class of 2017 learned where they will train in residency at Match Day, a rite of passage for prospective physicians. […]

  • Miletich Using Brain Scans to Help Pioneer Field of Nuclear Neurology
    on March 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Using a database of 16,000 brain scans, Robert S. Miletich, MD, PhD, interim chair and professor of nuclear medicine, is helping to develop the field of nuclear neurology, which could launch a revolution in the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. […]

  • Observational Study Adds Evidence of Post-Concussion Exercise Benefit
    on March 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    An observational study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that long periods of rest may not help concussion patients recover, according to UB researchers. […]

  • Poulsen Studies Neuroprotective Agent for Traumatic Brain Injury
    on March 6, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    David Poulsen, PhD, professor of translational neuroscience in the Department of Neurosurgery, has received $966,000 in private funding to further study a novel neuroprotective agent for moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). […]

  • Obesity Study Aims to Learn What Kids Would Rather Do Than Eat
    on March 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Researchers in the Department of Pediatrics are using a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study if providing more non-food alternatives could help prevent childhood obesity. […]

  • Targeting the Biology of Parasite Behind African Sleeping Sickness
    on February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    James D. Bangs, PhD, Grant T. Fisher Professor and chair of microbiology and immunology, has received National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to continue his study of human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness. […]

  • Seven Quality Improvement Projects Awarded Grant Funding
    on February 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Seven resident-faculty teams in the Department of Medicine have received 2016-2017 Quality Improvement Awards from UB’s Office of Graduate Medical Education to help support projects designed to improve patient safety or clinical practice. […]

  • Scholarship Award Sets Example for Rest of Medical Student’s Family
    on February 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Dean Salem, a son of immigrant parents and the first in his family to attend college, has been awarded a Catholic Health System/Western New York Medical Scholarship. […]

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