Congratulations! You are considering a challenging and rewarding professional goal and we wish you every success! To help you adequately prepare for these very competitive career fields, you must begin early in order to build your record of academic and personal accomplishments. Please consider attending any of our workshops or events to assist you in your preparation.


Prehealth Listserv

To get emails containing important prehealth reminders, information about key deadlines, events, community service and clinical opportunities, and more, please follow these directions:

To Subscribe to the Prehealth Listserv

Send an email to with the following text in the message body (not the "Subject" line - Subject should be blank):

  • subscribe prehealth-list your name
  • (Example: subscribe prehealth-list Bill Jones)

Your email address will be automatically obtained from the email message and add you to the listserv.

To UnSubscribe from the Prehealth Listserv

Send an email to with the following text in the message body (not the "Subject" line):

  • unsubscribe prehealth-list
  • (Example: unsubscribe prehealth-list)

Your email address will be automatically obtained from the email message and remove you from the listserv.

Have you heard about the Prehealth Peer Advisor Program???

Junior and senior prehealth students are available to chat with you about your prehealth questions and concerns. Consider this a great complement to meeting with your prehealth advisor! Sign-up sheets will go out in the morning in 108 Norton Hall, but if you cannot sign up, consider just dropping by to say hello! Our peer advisors are excited and very willing to speak to you, and you can benefit from their expertise and experience. Their weekly hours will begin on February 8.

If you have a question for the Peer Advisors but cannot make their office hours you can email them at Please note that the Peer Advisors answer the emails during their office hours, it may take a few days for a response.

Peer Advisor Profiles for Spring 2016

Cui Chen - Area of Interest: PA,

Cui is majoring in Biological Sciences, BS degree, concentrated in Prehealth Studies. She is enrolled in the Undergraduate Honors Research Program in the Department of Biological Sciences and participates in the College Ambassador Program, representing the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences. She is pursuing the Physician Assistant career path. In the past, she volunteered and shadowed under the Chief Physician Assistant in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Weill Cornell Presbyterian Hospital and volunteered in the Patient Care Unit at Elmhurst Hospital Center in NYC. She is working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Beechwood Continuing Care nursing home currently. In addition, she is also an active member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) National Health Preprofessional Honor Society, Association of Pre-Med Students, and the Center for Student Leadership and Community Engagement. She loves to share her various experiences related to the PA application, direct patient care, volunteering, and undergraduate research.

Zerin Mahmood - Area of Interest: MD/DO,

Zerin is completing her BS in Biomedical Sciences. She became in interested in pursuing medicine after volunteering at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo in high school. Since then, she has continued to volunteer at Children's, and has also shadowed doctors in a variety of specialties, such as emergency medicine, surgical oncology, family medicine, and pediatric endocrinology to make sure medicine is really the career for her. On campus, Zerin is a member of the Honors College, has participated in undergraduate research in Biophysics and Biochemistry, and is currently a lab TA for Evolutionary Biology.

Alyssa Melber - Area of Interest: MD,

Alyssa is completing her BS degree in Biomedical Sciences. She became interested in medicine while working in a plastic surgeon’s office in high school. After interacting with patients in the office, she was also able to shadow the doctor during surgery. Her time working for that doctor made her realize she wanted to become a doctor herself. Since then, she has shadowed other physicians in the Buffalo area. She has also spent time volunteering at Hospice Buffalo, where she assisted staff in providing end of life care for patients. At UB, Alyssa is involved in research in the Division of Behavioral Medicine Lab and is a member of the Biomedical Sciences Focus Group.

Lawrence Nguyen - Area of Interest: DDS,

Larry is completing his dual degree with a BS in Biochemistry and BA in Chemistry. His interest in dentistry came from shadowing at Winning Smiles, a practice not far from North Campus. After shadowing pediatric, adult, and orthodontic dentistry, he found the hands on work from the dentists to be an enjoyable experience and the amount of patient contact to be gratifying. Aside from this, Larry has been an academic assistant for the pre-health floor in Spaulding, a researcher within the UB Biochemistry department, a lab TA for BIO 201, and involved with volunteer organizations within the Buffalo community, such as St. Vincent Du Paul and None Like You/We Care Outreach.

Hani Shayya - Area of Interest: MD, MD/PhD,

Hani is a senior at the University at Buffalo, completing a BS degree in Medicinal Chemistry. He became interested in medicine during high school, after volunteering at Upstate University Hospital in his hometown of Syracuse, NY. Since then, he has shadowed various physicians in the Syracuse area and has developed a particular interest in clinical neurology. In the fall of 2013, Hani began working in Dr. Fraser Sim’s laboratory in the UB Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. His work in Dr. Sim’s group focuses on stem cells in the context of demyelinating disease. Hani’s dual interests in clinical medicine and laboratory research have led him to pursue admission to dual-degree MD/PhD programs following his undergraduate degree. As an MD/PhD student, Hani intends to continue his research in the field of demyelinating disease and plans to eventually pursue a career in academic medicine. Outside of academics and the laboratory, Hani maintains an avid interest in music- playing both the cello and the guitar.

Last updated: January 08 2016 12:45:25.

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Any Questions?

Please be sure to review the listing of workshops. Many of your questions will be answered at these sessions!

To set an appointment to see a prehealth advisor; please see Scheduling Prehealth Appointments. Check here first to be sure you are making an appointment with the appropriate advisor for you. Then just stop by 109 Norton Hall or call 716-645-6013 to schedule your meeting. As the appointments are generally 30 minutes in length, please think about bringing a list of questions to be sure all your concerns are covered.