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  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023 2:50 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    MCMS is proud to partner with Rochester Lifestyle Management Institute (RLMI) to bring you an inspiring Lifestyle Medicine experience.

    The LIFT Project involves 10 fascinating lessons that take you on an educational adventure. Each lesson introduces a scientifically proven way to lift your mood and your life from the exciting fields of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, and Lifestyle Medicine.

    Live Online Sessions (10 sessions over 10 weeks):

    Thursdays at 12:30pm - 1:30pm Eastern (US & Canada)
    First session: February 9, 2023
    Last session: April 27, 2023

    If you are unable to join us for the facilitated sessions, please select the Self-paced ticket below and you will be able to take the course on your own time.

    Registration is open through February 7th.

    The facilitated lessons are conducted over Zoom. We will send instructions for testing your connection prior to the first session.

    What's included in the LIFT Project?

    Learn Together

    Join us each week for a facilitated group session that includes an educational and entertaining video along with group discussion.

    Experience and Share Together

    Experience fun and powerful weekly challenges to put into practice. We call it “challenge by choice.”

    Between sessions, share your Lift Project adventure with the facilitator and fellow Lift participants in our private Google Classroom group community.


    Think about and reflect on what you are learning and experiencing. Earn a certificate of completion.



    Everyone: Register below for "Lift Project Facilitated" OR "Lift Project Self-paced" and use discount code MCMS at checkout ($0).

    For those that also want 10 CME credits - Do this additional step: Register for "The Lift Project: Live Participation" CME course HERE and use the discount code MCMS at checkout ($0).


    • We will follow up by emailing you your Lift Project portal access before the program starts.  You will have access to the Lift videos and resources for a full year.
    • For those that registered for CME credits:  The CME content (quizzes) are accessed on the Rochester Lifestyle Medicine Institute (RLMI) website by logging in via the "Account" link, then go to "My Courses" - both links are located in the upper right corner of the website.  After completing the online steps you can download your CME certificate.  (The CME quizzes are identical to the quizzes in the Lift Project videos.  You must pass the quizzes on the RLMI website to download your CME certificate.) 


    Questions??  Reach out directly to:

    1. Beth Garver: beth.garver@roclifemed.org

    2. Maria Dewhirstmaria.dewhirst@roclifemed.org

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023 2:37 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    MSSNY Physician Advocacy Town Hall:
    Urgent Legislation that Will Impact You 

    Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 pm

    New York physicians are invited to attend a short virtual meeting with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) on new state legislation that will impact you and your patients.

    MSSNY won numerous victories that protect your ability to provide needed patient care and help fight back against health insurer abuse.  But the legislature also passed a well-meaning but extremely problematic bill that could very well increase medical malpractice premiums by 40%, despite opposition from MSSNY, specialty societies, hospitals, businesses, insurers, cities, and counties. We must urge the Governor to veto the Wrongful Death bill before she acts on it in the coming weeks.

    Please take the opportunity to join us tomorrow night to learn more about these many issues. 

    We encourage you to call Governor Hochul to urge her to veto the Wrongful Death bill on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 or as soon as possible afterward. Call 518-474-8390 and press option 3. Then press option 1 to leave a voicemail or option 2 to speak with an operator. 

    Register Now


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  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023 8:21 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Vaping continues to be a growing public health crisis for teens. Many adolescents don't understand the damage inhaling e-cigarettes can cause to their lungs and heart, or how vaping can lead to forming other addictive habits. The Center for Community Health & Prevention’s comprehensive nicotine cessation program provides encouragement, resources and medications to help individuals quit vaping.

    Click below for details!:


  • Monday, January 09, 2023 9:38 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

    Cervical cancer is most often diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44. It is rare for women younger than 20 to develop this type of cancer.

    Cervical Cancer | Common Types of Cancer | Understand Cancer Together

  • Friday, January 06, 2023 8:21 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Dear MCMS Members, Friends and Community Leaders -

    The Monroe County Medical Society Leadership is asking you, county leaders,  medical staff offices (both private and hospital-employed) to urge members, physicians, residents, fellows, staff, and friends and families to veto the Wrongful Death Bill by signing the petition at: https://bit.ly/3WN5q2f

    Please sign the petition TODAY: call the Governor's office, use social media, and use your influence to stop this disaster.  Urge Governor Hochul to veto the wrongful death bill at the MSSNY Grassroots Action Center.   

    As you know, MSSNY has opposed this bill at every turn, along with a broad coalition of specialty associations, hospitals, malpractice insurers (especially our close partner, MLMIC), cities and town governments and others.  We have held meetings and sent emails urging action.  Notwithstanding this opposition, the bill passed the Legislature.  Since this summer, we have asked you and others to send letters and take other action to urge the Governor to veto the Bill. We have written over 7,000 letters to the Governor since June 1, some 1,600 in recent days (and a grand total of over 17,000 letters in 2022, mostly to our legislators). 

    We appreciate the effort and thank those of you who wrote multiple letters.  Some 1,600 letters in the past week is a start, but not nearly enough.  

    We Need Your Help to Make One Last Push. 

    OUR ASK: Please ask all physicians, hospital leaders and the community to urge members, physicians, residents, fellows, and all staff (along with their friends and families) to sign the letter at the  MSSNY Grassroots Action Center (https://bit.ly/3WN5q2f)

    Ask everyone you can (including colleagues, family and friends) to send a letter, call Governor's office, use social media (tweet/post), send op-eds to your local newspaper, call the Governor’s office on January 10 (518-474-8390), and use any other influence to stop this disaster. 

    The wrongful death bill will expand our liability to close relatives, extend the statute of limitations time from 2 years to 3.5 years, and include compensation for companionship, anguish, and more.  Liability premiums are estimated to increase by 40%, according to an actuarial study sponsored by MSSNY and the hospital associations.  This will impact employed physicians as well, because your institution or large group will have less funds to pay you and your support staff.  This Bill means lower income and less help for you. 

    Further, this bill will impact all New Yorkers – including all businesses and municipalities – with higher auto and homeowners insurance rates.  Other states cap liability awards.  New York does not.  We need the Governor to veto this terrible bill.    

    Thank you for your action,

    Parag Mehta, MD
    President, Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY)


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  • Monday, December 05, 2022 2:04 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    Our Rochester winters can be gloomy and may lead to Seasonal Depression, clinically diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some symptoms can be quite severe and life threatening.

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Symptoms and causes

    Overview. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.These symptoms often resolve during the spring and summer months.


  • Tuesday, November 01, 2022 9:21 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day. As the lung cancer community and movement grew, awareness activities increased. Therefore, it became apparent there was a need for a larger awareness campaign beyond just a day. For more information go to: https://www.lung.org/

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 4:20 PM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of this complex disease and fund research into its causes, treatment, and cure. Since 1985, individuals, businesses, and communities have come together every October to show their support for the many people affected by breast cancer.

    For more information go to: Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester | Home (bccr.org)

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2022 9:14 AM | Jennifer Casasanta (Administrator)

    By Parag Mehta, MD, President
    Medical Society of the State of New York

    Not very long ago, New York’s physicians and other health care workers were cheered as heroes for their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.They risked their lives for their patients. They risked the lives of their loved ones as they provided this care. 

    Many physicians were sickened, and some died.  Countless physicians continue to wear the emotional scars from these overwhelming circumstances.

    However, the cheers are long forgotten.

    Now, the physicians of New York face a potential new disaster, due to a well-intentioned—but egregiously harmful—bill recently passed by the New York State Legislature.

    The recent legislation would exponentially increase the damages that are awardable under New York’s wrongful death statute.  One actuarial study concluded the increased damages and the new lawsuits this bill would trigger would increase liability insurance costs for New York’s doctors and hospitals by nearly 40%.

    Yes, 40%.

    Liability costs are already an overwhelming component of the operating costs of your local hospital and doctor’s office.  Can you imagine how hard it would be to manage if your mortgage or rent payment went up 40%? 

    Even if the liability cost increases necessitated by this bill amounted to half of what has been predicted, such cost increases are untenable.

    If Governor Hochul does not veto this bill, patient access and continuity of care could be threatened across the state as physicians move to other states with more physician-friendly environments or retire early to avoid the staggering new costs this bill would impose.

    New York physicians already pay among the highest liability premiums in the country.  Many already pay tens of thousands of dollars a year for their coverage.  Those who provide the most critical emergency care essential to our safety net—including neurosurgeons, cardiac surgeons and OB-GYNs—often face costs of $100-200,000 per year to provide this care.

    Even before COVID, New York has long received the dubious designation as one of the worst states in the country to provide care, according to wallethub.com.  In addition to New York’s excessive regulations, it has by far and away the highest liability costs and insurance premiums in the country.

    For example, a report from Diederich Healthcare showed that in 2019, New York once again had the highest cumulative medical liability payouts of any state in the country, a whopping 68% more than the state with the second highest amount, Pennsylvania.  

    This is not just because of New York’s size.  It also had the highest per capita liability payment of all the State, exceeding the second highest state Massachusetts by nearly 10%.

    Some in support of this legislation have argued that New York’s existing wrongful death recovery law is an outlier compared to other states’ laws.  However, what is not mentioned is that many of these other states—more than 30—have also enacted comprehensive provisions to contain excessive medical liability insurance costs, including limits on damages. 

    It is certainly appropriate to evaluate and determine the most responsible way to address gaps in New York’s liability laws.  But it must be done in a responsible manner that controls the explosive increase in costs that such new lawsuits would inevitably cause.  

    To preserve access to our healthcare safety net, the Governor must veto this legislation and bring together various parties to discuss how best such lawsuit expansion can be achieved responsibly.

    The citizens of New York need their physicians. The Governor must veto this bill so our physicians can continue to provide care to their patients. 

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