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Students can tour Medical Campus during free open house

Middle and high school students can get a flavor of various career options in the medical and research field during an open house May 6 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The third annual student open house is a half-day event aimed at introducing future career opportunities to area students in grades seven through 12 along with their parents or other adults.

The event, hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc. and University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences in collaboration with AT&T, also is designed to provide "hands-on" opportunities to help students imagine working on the Medical Campus or in a similar setting.

Registration is required for the free event, and can be done online at The event is from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to area students on a first-come, first-serve basis. It will include a tour of campus facilities including UB's Center for Materials Informatics and Center for Computational Research, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, the Jacobs Institute, Gates Vascular Institute and other facilities.

Students also can learn more about the inner workings of laboratory, research and surgical functions on the Medical Campus. Medical experts and professionals will be available throughout the campus to answer questions and describe their professions.

Highlights of activities include test driving the Robotic Surgery Simulator used to train surgeons, learning about a catheterization lab, watching a pre-recorded surgery, creating "microbial" art, seeing robotic demonstrations and 3-D printers in action, learning about new technology and innovations with 43North and taking a turn as a virtual welder.

A new feature this year includes a tour and discussion of construction, architecture and landscaping as the campus undergoes transformation with the construction of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a new parking garage at the corner of Ellicott and Goodrich streets.

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