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The Rochester Academy of Medicine Advances Learning,

Encourages Service, and Initiates Collaboration in the Communities We Serve.  

RAoM Consortiums support Interprofessional Leadership around specific topics. 


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The Corner Society: "Something Useful in a National Sense:  Percy Hennell's Plastic Surgery Photography as Propaganda"


Corner Society

The Corner Society: The History of "Impairment"


Corner Society

The Corner Society: "The Troubled Origins of Epidemiology: How Slavery and Colonialism Transformed Medicine"


    Corner Society

The Corner Society: "When the Community Has a Place at the Table: Community Control, Activism and American Medicine in the 1960's and 1970's


Corner Society: "Depressed Mothers and Troubled Sons: Defining and Redefining Childhood Depression, 1970's-2000's"


Corner Society

Corner Society: "Peculiar Institutions: U.S. Slavery and Asylums in the Nineteenth Century"


Corner Society

The Corner Society: “Cancer Research and Educational Film in the Mid-Twentieth Century”


Corner Society

Blood Money: Horseshoe Crabs and Endotoxin Detection in Modern Medicine


Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rochester - Fall Forum.

Mark. D. Gearan - President of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Corner Society

"Entangled Bodies: The Challenges of Living with So Many Medical Interventions."

Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences,  University of Pennsylvania 

Powerful medical interventions have rapidly and widely diffused in the U.S. today.  For example, the CDC estimates that the average American yearly fills prescriptions for 12 different medicines and has 9 lifetime surgeries.  In both historical and policy analysis, the major questions have understandably been ones about the efficacy, safety, cost, and value of interventions.  Less often considered are the challenges posed by highly intervened-in bodies and populations for translating aggregate knowledge to the care of individuals, for distinguishing effects of disease from intervention, for increased dependency on access to medicine and supporting infrastructure, and other challenges.  I will give an overview of what I consider a complexity crisis in patient and clinician decision making and explore some of its historical drivers in American society and medicine. 


Corner Society

'According to his professional judgment:’ Birth Control, Abortion, and Physicians’ Rights before Roe v. Wade

In the early twentieth century, the use of birth control transformed from a robust commercial market for contraceptive devices that encouraged consumer choice to one that centered physician expertise and the doctor-patient relationship. This transformation shaped the future of reproductive rights for women in ways that reverberate today, including the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.


City Wide LVAD Conference

Bringing together multi-disciplinary and multi-system healthcare workers together to analyze cases and develop best practices 


Coping with COVID - and Beyond

Learn how to develop practical strategies to use right away:  Improve management of employment responsibilities, identify self care methods, and more


Compassion Fatigue - Putting the Caregiver First

Workers providing health services face many challenges that can lead to work-related stress.  The COVID-19 pandemic has also let to new and worsening mental health concerns, including compassion fatigue.  An expert panel discusses positive steps that can be taken to prevent, and address the distress that can lead to this condition.


"Our Healthcare Heroes' Heroes" 

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion.  The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company.  Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills.

Healthcare providers have shared stories of the support they feel from their animal family members especially in the stressful environment they have been facing during the pandemic. We’ve compiled some of the photos that have been shared by our healthcare heroes, and invite you to sit back, relax, and spend a few minutes enjoying a slideshow starring these fur babies! 


"Up to the Minute - AIDS and COVID-19"

June, 2021 marked the 40th anniversary of the first description of AIDS.  Lessons from HIV/AIDS are pertinent to the COVID-19 response.  Drs. Lawrence Chessin, Rae-Ellen Kavey, and William Valenti discuss the AIDS pandemic experience locally, as well as the similarities and differences between the 2 pandemics. 

Thank you to Dr. Kavey for her contribution to RAoM's COVID-19 Archive, and for her book,  "Viral Pandemics - From Smallpox to COVID-19"


City Wide LVAD Conference

Case Presentations


The Past is Never Over: It Isn't Even Past

Pandemics Then and Now

Presented by John Barry

John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author two of his books have involved him in policy making. His articles have appeared in such scientific journals as Nature and Journal of Infectious Disease, in such lay publications as The New York Times, Fortune, and The Washington Post, and he has been a guest on every broadcast network in the United States, appearing on such shows as NBC’s Meet the Press and NPR’s All Things Considered. A member of advisory boards at MIT and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Senior Lecturer for MIT's Crisis Management and Resilience Program, he is Distinguished Scholar at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

 Supported by the Dr. Matthew E. and Ruth Harmon Fairbank Alumni Lectureship Fund and the George Washington Corner Society for the History of Medicine.


2021 Eva Allerton Nursing History Lecture

Exploring the Historical Contributions of Blacks in Nursing

Robyn Hilliard, MSN, CMSRN, NEA-BC

(Interim Director of Nursing Practice and Policy, 

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA) 


Race, Big Pharma, and the Surprisingly Long History of the Opioid Crisis

David Herzberg

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Presented by the George Washington Corner Society


Caring for Communities in Times of Crisis

Disasters come in many different forms: hurricanes and storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, and, of course, pandemics. The communities affected by disasters include those that respond to them such as the health care, emergency response and law enforcement communities. It is important to document the lessons learned from disasters to better prepare for future crises, and to care for ourselves and our communities in the face of disasters.

Kristen Bloom, RN
Director of Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness
UR Thompson Health, Canandaigua, NY

Louis P. Rotkowitz, MD
Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine
Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, NY

Dominick Vincenti, LMSW
NYPD, FDNY, Retired
International Association of Fire Fighters


         Advancing a Culture of Immunization 

Things have changed rapidly with COVID-19, but vaccine hesitancy continues to be a problem in the Finger Lakes region. Tonight’s program will touch on the science behind the vaccines, the epidemiology of COVID-19 and communication skills for improving vaccine acceptance in diverse communities.

Dr. Marielena Velez de Brown, Deputy Commissioner of Public Health

Monroe County, Rochester NY 

Joined by panelists:  

Dr. Paul Graman

 Amy Hickey-Smith, LMSW

 Dr. Deborah Stamps

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