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

  • First Day of Classes in New Medical School Building Marks Milestone
    on January 16, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Alan J. Lesse, MD, senior associate dean for medical curriculum, simply could not wipe the smile off his face Monday morning. […]

  • Biopharm Startup Partners With International Pharmaceutical Firms
    on January 16, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    University at Buffalo spinoff POP Biotechnologies Inc. (POP BIO) ended 2017 on a high note with a flurry of activity, including reaching research agreements with two international pharmaceutical companies. […]

  • Smith Honored by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for Mental Health Work
    on January 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Beth A. Smith, MD ’00, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and division chief of child and adolescent psychiatry, has been awarded the 2017 Carolyn and C. Richard Mattingly Leadership in Mental Health Care Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. […]

  • Medical School Helping Combat Opioid Epidemic
    on January 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    The Western New York community has enlisted experts from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to help combat the national opioid epidemic, which has reached crisis proportions. […]

  • Dubocovich Receives Inaugural ACNP Minority Mentoring Award
    on January 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pharmacology and toxicology and senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion, has been awarded the inaugural Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). […]

  • Postdoctoral Associate Earns ASCB/EMBO Travel Award
    on January 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Aesha Y. Desai, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, has earned an American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)/European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Minorities Affairs Committee Travel Award for her research in the role of nanophotonics in stem cell regulation. […]

  • Findings Suggest Schizophrenia Originates Early in Pregnancy
    on December 21, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Research by lead author Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, has revealed that schizophrenia likely begins toward the end of the first trimester of pregnancy — a finding that opens up a new understanding of the devastating disease and the potential for new treatment possibilities in utero. […]

  • Smokers Quit in Study on Pregnant Smoking and Childhood Obesity
    on December 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Xiaozhong Wen, PhD, has led a pilot study to test an innovative method of smoking cessation during pregnancy and examine the correlation between maternal smoking and childhood obesity.&nbs […]

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