Volume 17, No. 3, March 2014
Thanks again to the generosity of several members of the pediatric faculty, the residents and faculty were able to enjoy an evening of fine food and dancing at the Black Olive on Friday, January 31st for their annual mid-winter dinner dance. There is no doubt everyone had a great time, and the party continued long after the dinner was over. There was also some exceptional live entertainment starring the Friedman/McBride/Steele woodwind trio.
The Housestaff Mid-Winter Dinner - picture compliments of Helena
Special thanks to our chiefs, Allison Martin and Katie Fry who put the whole event together.
It is official. Sort of. Dr. Weinberger retired on 1/31, and was back on 2/6 for very big retirement party at UPAC. Thanks to the famous UPAC photographer Sue Black we were able to capture a few of the party’s most exciting moments below:
Dr. Weinberger's Retirement Party
The day after his celebration, Dr. Weinberger wrote the following to express his appreciation:
"Thanks to Steve Blatt for organizing a wonderful retirement luncheon in my honor yesterday. The food was great, the invited guests filled the 5th Floor conference room at UHCC and the mood was definitely upbeat.
John Andrake presented an overview of my contributions to our residency program over the years. Patty had computed that since my arrival in the Department of Pediatrics in 1964, I had interacted with 512 residents!
Graduates of our residency program are in almost every state of the union and in many nations around the globe. Some are in primary care practices and others are in subspecialties. Some have joined academic departments ( including our own at Upstate).
It has been my honor and pleasure to have made my modest contribution to your training in my roles as residency program director, outpatient division director and department chair.
Over the years, I have enjoyed reminiscing by viewing the "gallery" of photos taken of each residency class. Thanks to Patty Mondore, I now have an album with a copy of each of those photos...as well as a number of messages and greetings which were sent by former residents in honor of my retirement.
I appreciate all the effort which went into putting the album together and especially to the kind and thoughtful comments sent by our former residents.”
The Crier learned of an innovative new program being used by and for the residents and asked its creator, Jenica O'Malley, to fill us in:
"In life, and residency, there are always going to be challenges, difficulties and days where you are just plain feeling down. There is no doubt that evaluation and criticism have their role in helping to make us all better pediatricians and strengthening our program by identifying areas for improvement; however during a particularly intense House Staff meeting one day I thought back to a few of the jobs I have had over the years.
At one of these odd jobs we had meetings every 1-2 weeks to discuss how things were going, what we could do better, etcetera, etcetera. Of course, as often happens at our housestaff meetings, it was always easy to get stuck on the "hot topics" that tend to be a bit more negative. To help maintain our morale our boss would collect positive comments from staff, parents, teachers (it was an astronomy camp!) and group leaders to read to the group. All comments would then be placed back in a jar, and a comment would be drawn to award a small gift card or camp store credit (being an astronomy camp, we called them "Star Awards"). Hearing all the wonderful comments was always an uplifting way to end our meetings, and it seemed like our Housestaff Meetings could use a bit of a positive twist!!
One of the nicest things about our new tradition is that it reminds us how the little things we all do, sometimes without even thinking, can truly make a big difference for someone else! Each month it is so great to hear how our fellow residents are so selfless and thoughtful. I would like to add that so far we have mostly recognized Residents, but this need not be strictly the case - we have so many great attendings, nurses and staff that we can definitely recognize as well!!
I'm so happy that this has caught on, and that people are finding the good in each other. Anyone is welcome to participate or recognize someone they feel deserves to know they have made a difference - nominations can be placed in the envelope on the chiefs' door or even emailed. Keep up the positivity - and remember even on bad, frustrating days, there really is a lot of good out there." :)
- Jenica O’Malley (PL2)
A Sim Day Success!
The entire housestaff spent four hours on Feb 13th experiencing the first (hopefully) Annual ED Sim Day at the EM-STAT (Emergency Medicine Simulation Technology and Training Center. It was a great morning of hands on teaching and practice thanks to the ED faculty and fellows who set up and ran the day.
The Pediatric Sim Day
GCH Movie Star
In case you missed it, our program director has been moonlighting on the silver screen. You can see her cameo appearance on the new Upstate Promo Video on YouTube.
Balding for Bucks
We have two different opportunities to support the early balding of two of our nurses at the St. Baldrick’s head shaving event for childhood cancer:
Lori Grabowski RN wrote, "I was wondering if you might be able to put the word out that I will be shaving my head for St. Baldricks to raise money for childhood cancer. The event will be on March 30 at Kitty Hoynes. Anyone wanting to sponsor me can see me for a form or go to stbaldricks.org and search for me, or here's the link.
Tracy Kalinowski, RN wrote, "I work in 4A/4C and am doing St. Baldricks on March 30th. This is my 2nd year doing it. One of my twin boys is shaving his head as well. I would appreciate if you could share this. Every little bit helps and I want to raise as much money as possible for the kids!!!! Thanks so much. Here is my link. I appreciate it so much :-) http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/663495/2014"
Welcome, Baby Aladwar (Thabet)
The Crier received the following note from Asalim Thabet: "I am pleased to announce the arrival of our baby boy Hamza Aladwar - born on 2/13/14 at 4:17pm weighing 7lb 11oz and 21inches long. We are all doing well." Congratulations, Asalim!
Welcome Baby Tamborelle
Congratulations to Lindsay Tamborelle on the healthy birth of big baby boy Samuel Edward Tamborelle on February 21st at 8 lbs, 1 oz. All are doing great!
March Dates to Remember:
- March is Child Life Month (check for a full listing of events)
- Match Day – Friday, March 21st
Syracuse Visits Manila– Xandy Ortego
The Crier received the following photo and note from Dr. Paul Fuller: "Marlana and I had dinner with Xandy while we were visiting our daughter Julie and family in Manila over the holidays. Xandy is thriving professionally in both his clinical and educator roles. He is doing some impressive clinical work in a top rate academic medical center in Manila. He also has important responsibilities for medical student and resident education. My best to you all. – Paul"
The Fullers and Xandy in the Philippines
The Crier contacted Xandy and got the rest of the story:
"I've been living and practicing Allergy -Immunology at St. Luke's Medical Center in the Manila, Philippines for more than 14 after completing Pediatric Residency Training at what is known then as SUNY HSC in 1997, and Allergy Immunology fellowship in LSU- New Orlean's Children's Hospital in 1999. I have visited Syracuse a couple of times out of fondness and reconnect with familiar faces. Syracuse and Manila is 8,403 miles apart, and only dreamt my friends could visit the Philippines on day, I never imagined that one day I would get a message from Dr. Paul Fuller, our OPD Director during training, asking about the Philippines since his daughter, Julie Fuller will be assigned in the Philippines.
Even more exciting was Dr. Paul and Marlana Fuller visit to Manila during the Christmas Holidays were we able to reconnect and enjoyed exchanging stories while enjoying local fish, fresh vegetable and citrus juice, at Grace Park, a popular farm to table restaurant Rockwell Center in Makati a favorite residential destination for expats in the Philippines. I prepared special Buffala cheese in olive as a welcome token for the special Syracusan guests. The busy holiday travels of Drs. Paul and Marlana, took them to the beautiful beaches in Boracay Island. I was fortunate to join the Fuller family for a New Years brunch together with the lovely and ultra energetic 2 year old granddaughter Stella, Jason( son in law) and Julie Fuller, Marlana and Dr. Fuller at Julie's favorite Chinese restaurant before their return to Syracuse. It was such a joyful get together for mentor and student for the holiday season and as I wish for their pleasant return, I wondered who would be next visitor..."
Congratulations to former resident Matt Ryzewski whose case, co-authored with several familiar names from our own Peds ED, recently appeared in Pediatric Emergency Care. The abstract to Compounded Ointment Results in Severe Toxicity in a Pediatric Patient is available online.
By Lisa Blystone
This month's Pediatric All-Star is Jennifer Nead for for her initiatives on the subject of patient safety. She has gone above and beyond and has been instrumental in developing compliance data and seeking ways to improve patient safety, here in Syracuse and also at the Miami Children's Hospital. Jennifer - please stop by the pediatric offices and pick up your stars prize from Patty or Lisa.
Irish Tunes by Dr. O'Chai
Since March 17th is St. Patrick's Day, we thought we would end this issue of the Crier with a couple of Irish tunes as rendered by Dr. Jonathan O’Chai and company:
3/8 Sarah Morse
3/10 Helena Gutierrez
3/15 Robert Kanter , Ben Prince
3/19 Nader Atallah
3/20 Maureen Butler
3/23 Bob Al Shareef
3/25 Ann Botash
3/27 Uju Aluka
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