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The Rochester Academy of Medicine is a community-based, collaborative organization comprised of inter-professional and inter-generational healthcare experts seeking to advance learning, encourage service, and initiate collaboration in the Rochester community.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine

 The Academy was organized in 1899 and, since 1939, has been operating out of the Lyon House at 1441 East Avenue. The Academy has well over 600 members and offers CME services as well as hosting programs and events at the Lyon Home at 1441 East Avenue.

Upcoming events

2021 Fundraiser - "Modernizing to Preserve"

Click here to visit our donation portal

Schedule of Events

Monday, 11/15/21:

Welcome (Marc Ambrosi, Executive Director)

"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"

Tuesday, 11/16/21:

Video featuring the Rochester City Ballet and The Draper Center for Dance

The arts can help us to emotionally navigate the journey of battling illness or injury, to process difficult emotions, and to even help us physically recover from injury or disease.  Join us for a behind the scenes look as the Rochester City Ballet and Draper Center for Dance show us how they develop events that bring celebration of the arts to our community.

Wednesday, 11/17/21:

"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! 

Thursday, 11/18/21:

Compassion Fatigue - Putting the Caregiver First

Providing care to others - whether in healthcare, emergency services, law enforcement or in our own families - can be both highly rewarding and highly stressful. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on caregivers in all professions and left many people in these professions depleted, burned out, and experiencing compassion fatigue. Our panelists will discuss their experiences working through the pandemic, how it has affected them or their colleagues and some ways to address and prevent compassion fatigue.

RaoM Salon Concert

Music is well established to reduce stress and improve mood. Listening to music increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, an integral part of the brain's pleasure-reward system.

Join us for an evening of classical pieces performed by musicians who are masters of their craft!

Friday, 11/19/21:

Coping With COVID and Beyond: How to Bring Quality,

Wellness, and Harmony to Healthcare and YOU

Conclusion (Dr. Leway Chen, Board Chair)

Thank you to all for your support as the Academy continues to forward our mission!


  • Has served well over 22,000 individuals in CME Accreditation. 
  • Had over 10,000 visitors to 1441 East Avenue. 
  • Hosting a variety of Health Care Continuing Education programs.   
  • Presenting annually the Dr. Rodgers Scholarship to a young African-American resident as part of the Rogers Scholarship Fund entrusted with the Academy. 
  • Collaboration with many local health care organizations. 
  • Awards and Scholarships awarded to multiple Healthcare providers and students annually. 

Auditorium and Founders (Board) Room Available


Community Resources


New York State Home

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Providers

Monroe County Sick Map

Monroe County executive Adam Bellow announces fast-forward Monroe Small  Business Grant Program | Ibero-American Action League

Monroe County Website

COVID-19 Vaccine: Safe, Effective

Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub

Nine Health Threats that Made Headlines in 2019: A CDC Review

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

State COVID-19 updates here

WHO | World Health Organization

World Heath Organization (WHO)

Mental Health

Huther Doyle addiction and mental health services


State Mental Health Hotline


Social Inequities

"The Fire this Time: Inequalities in the Time of COVID-19" Natalie Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN:

Rochester Academy of Medicine
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