UB HEALS is a community outreach program where medical students and physicians from UB medical school seek to improve healthcare access for homeless people within the Buffalo area. They partner with staff from the Matt Urban Hope Center every Tuesday and Thursday. They head out on a rainy evening, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Medical students Jillian Smith, left, and Mike Sayegh, center, speak to a man outside the bus station downtown and give him some socks. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Thomas Schmieder was suffering from pain in his ear, making him wonder whether he should seek medical help in an emergency room.
Then, just outside the door of the downtown bus station on a raw Tuesday night, medical help came to him.
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Dr. Jacob Ramseyer and Moudi Hubeishy, a UB medical student, greeted Schmieder, who described his symptoms. With their advice, he decided not to go to the emergency room, but to seek help the next morning.
“Talking to them was very useful,” said Schmieder, 30, of Buffalo. “It put a lot of rest in my mind.”
This consultation was one of the hundreds that medical students and doctors have provided since March with UB HEALS, the Homeless Health Education Awareness and Leadership in Service, from the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
These doctors and students don’t wear immaculate white coats or see patients in brightly …