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UB medical students must meet key criteria

As the director of medical student admissions at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, I am writing in response to a recent letter from one of your readers who had stated that the school accepts students who are not U.S. citizens. I want to make it very clear that our medical school will only accept students who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Although other schools of the university may vary in their admissions policies, the medical school will not even review applications from individuals who do not meet the above categories.

Earning an interview as well as admission to our medical school has become extremely competitive. Our Admissions Committee examines multiple factors when considering whom to invite for an interview and subsequently accept. A Medical College Admissions Test score is only one. Science and non-science grade point averages, extracurricular activities, activities related to patient care, letters of recommendation, etc., all play a role in our review process. Although not every Western New York student who applies is successful in gaining admission, the fact that an applicant is from this region is taken into account throughout the entire admission process.

Charles M. Severin, M.D.

Buffalo