Monday, April 26, 2010

Congratulations to our riders!

This past Saturday, 23 UB medical students joined more than 200 young physicians-in-training from across New England and New York in the second annual “Miles for Healthier Lifestyles” bicycle relay sponsored by the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS).

Members of the local AMA-MSS chapter at the University at Buffalo organized and cycled a 20-mile bike route from Tonawanda, NY to Niagara Falls, NY to raise awareness for wellness, prevention, nutrition and exercise through healthy life steps and raise money for Sprouts, a nutrition and wellness group at the medical school.

All 23 riders completed the 20-mile bike ride, and 15 of the 23 riders completed the full 40-mile loop from Tonawanda, NY to Niagara Falls, NY and back, putting in a total of 760 miles for the day! In addition, all riders wrote and wore an inspirational quote about health and wellness on their back as a way to promote living a healthier lifestyle to the community.

5 enthusiastic volunteers also assisted the day of the event, providing food, water and support to the cyclists. It was indeed a beautiful day for a bike ride, and everyone who participated thoroughly enjoyed the event!

We are also excited to announce that the local AMA-MSS Buffalo Chapter has raised over $500 for Sprouts, and we still have a month left to go! We would like to thank our generous donors for contributing to and believing in the vision of Sprouts, which is to encourage medical students to eat well and be an example to their patients. In the past couple of weeks, Sprouts recently gained the support of the Dean of Medicine, Dr. Michael Cain, as well as President Simpson's Chief of Staff, Scott Nostaja, to begin a garden in North Campus.

Perhaps the most important lesson that we learned from this experience is the value of teamwork, working together (with each other and with other organizations) to reach a common goal and make that goal a reality. Again, we thank you for your support! If you wish to donate money to Sprouts, please visit our fundraising site below. We are raising money until the end of May/June 2010.

To view local media coverage of the event, please visit:
News Channel 4
SMBS Website

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Raising money for Sprouts!

On Saturday, April 24th, 23 riders from the AMA-MSS Buffalo chapter will cycle 20 miles from Tonawanda, NY, to Niagara Falls, NY to help raise awareness for wellness, prevention, nutrition and exercise through healthy life steps. They will join more than 200 young physicians-in-training from across New England and New York, participating in the second annual Miles for Healthier Lifestyles bicycle relay.

In conjuction with the bike relay, the local AMA-MSS chapter at the University at Buffalo is raising money to benefit Sprouts, a nutrition and wellness group at the medical school that plans to start a vegetable garden at the medical school for the students. The decision to fundraise for Sprouts stemmed from our belief that having a vegetable garden in our school would not only benefit current students, but also future students of the school. We thought that it would be a good investment, and we hope that you would too.

If you wish to help us reach our goal of raising $1,000 by the end of June, please visit our fundraising site below. Any amount that you can contribute is helpful and much appreciated!

The local AMA-MSS chapter at the University at Buffalo will host the ride on Saturday, April 24th, 2010:

Relay Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Relay Start Location: Nia-wanda Park, Parking Lot (across from Dick’s Bicycle Shop, 781 Niagara St, Tonawanda, NY)

We thank you for your support!

Monday, April 5, 2010

We need MSCE Committee Volunteers!

The AMA-MSS Buffalo is looking for medical students interested in volunteering at one of the committees in the Medical Society of the County of Erie. If you are interested in learning more about the economics of medicine and how legislation, health reform and politics affects physicians locally, feel free to sign up in one of the available committees below. Just email us at and let us know which committee you are interested in joining, your year in school, and your phone number.

The Medical Society of the County of Erie is the professional association of physicians of Erie County created to promote and preserve the science and art of medicine in the community through advocacy for patients and physicians.

The Medical Society of the County of Erie pursues its mission by supporting members of the medical profession and encouraging professional growth; representing physicians' interests when interacting with managed care organizations, third party payors, legislative groups and regulatory agencies; educating physicians on current health related issues and educating the public on health care and delivery systems; enhancing the physician's image through media, networking and community relations; and maintaining ethical standards.

Below are the available committees:

Economics - Studies and reports upon all matters related to the economic aspects of medical practice.

Legislation - Advises the Society on proposed or new legislation affecting the practice of medicine.

Medical Services - Liaison with the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine as well as all accredited residency programs in Erie County; addresses issues such as physician recruitment, the business cycle of practice management, is responsible for CME programming.

Membership – Helps to recruit new members and reviews proposed membership benefit programs

Public Health - Monitors and takes appropriate action on issues and matters affecting the public health of the

Workers' Compensation - Performs such duties as prescribed by law with respect to administration of the Workers' Compensation Law. Reviews, and certifies the qualifications of physicians for Workers' Compensation ratings.

Health Law – Serves as liaison to the Erie County Bar Association and those associations or groups as designated by the Executive Board to address medical practice issues with legal or ethical implications.

Young Physician Section – Research and report on educational or practice management issues of interest to those physicians who are within 5 years of completing residency; to assist members to emerge as leaders in the community.

Women Physician/Attorney Task Force – Meets with representatives from the Womens Bar Association to advance the health and status of women through education, advocacy and coordination of services.

Tellers of Election - Supervises the counting of ballots, prepares a report showing the results of the election.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dr. Rohack Addresses Health Care Reform

On April 1st, Dr. J James Rohack, President of the AMA, spoke to the students at the University of Rochester SOMD in a lunch discussion of healthcare reform and how it applies to medical students. See link below to view the recording.

Video link here

Photo credits by New York Times