The University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school opened its doors Monday to students on the first day of classes in their new digs.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also visited the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at 955 Main St. to talk with students about the historical significance of the day.
Teaching, research and clinical work got an official start Monday as a new semester began. The medical school has 180 students enrolled in its newest and largest-ever class, returning to its downtown roots for the first time since 1953, when it relocated to UB's South Campus.
“We had a great world-class economy at the time when the first class came here in 1847, the 66 first individuals who sat in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo was an emerging community — it was on the rise," Hochul told students. "It became the home to the highest per capita millionaires in the country. We hosted the Pan-American Exhibition — it was a shining bright light to the rest of the world.”
She told aspiring doctors they should launch their careers here after completing their education and training.
“You all have opportunities to go elsewhere ... But I want you, as transformed doctors, to think seriously about your hometown. Stay here. Stay, and continue the research that is going on, cure cancer. Stay here, and help us battle the opioid crisis," she said.