Mary Ann Grandinetta

Mary Ann Grandinetta

Academic Support Services
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 0217, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-8851
Fax: 315 464-8856
Name: Mary Ann Grandinetta, Program Coordinator

Academic Support Services has a principle goal of facilitating student success in the classroom by offering a variety of services and programs to students of all colleges. Services provided include workshops, academic counseling, peer tutoring, and Upstate Academic Strategies.

Academic Counseling

Students may meet individually with Academic Support Services Staff to develop skills and personalized strategies to enhance success.

Areas of support include:

  • Stress Management
  • Test-Taking
  • Test Anxiety
  • Multiple-Choice Exams
  • Strategic Study for USMLE
  • Learning & Study Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Learning Styles
  • Note-Taking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Academic Support Blackboard Resources


Periodic workshops are available for all students on a number of general topics such as time management, learning strategies and study skills.

Rene Choi

Rene Choi

"Upstate's MD/PhD program does a great job bridging the gap between medical bench-side research and clinical application," said Rene Choi, whose research involves developing treatments for retinal diseases. "During our PhD years, we're required every semester to complete a clinical clerkship, where we shadow a physician of our choosing for eight hours a month. I shadowed a retinal surgeon. It was extremely beneficial to understand the disease process from a clinical point of view. I got to watch surgeries in the OR and see how the physician interacts with patients."

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