Upstate Announcements for October 13, 2016

Flu vaccine offered at clinics; schedule available online

Influenza vaccinations are offered free of charge to current Upstate employees, students and volunteers. A valid Upstate ID is required. For the most up-to-date influenza information, visit:

For the current calendar of Upstate flu clinics, visit:

Spiritual Care Week is Oct. 16 to 22

Upstate’s Spiritual Care Program will host special services at both campuses in honor of Spiritual Care Week Oct. 16 to 22. The schedule is as follows.

Downtown Campus:
Monday, Oct. 17 at noon, Mass with Father Innocent. Blessing of the hands in the basement and first floor.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at noon, prayer services with Deacon Dutter. Blessing of the hands on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, blessing of the hands on floors 6 and 7.
Thursday, Oct. 20, blessing of the hands on floors 8, 9 and 10.
Friday, Oct. 21, blessing of the hands on floors 11 and 12.

Community Campus:
Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m., music by Dick Ford of Signature Syracuse in the cafeteria. Blessing of the hands offered by chaplains.
Friday, Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Grand Rounds on Spiritual Care with Rev. Terry Culbertson, MDIV, BCC, CT.

Upstate DPT students hold holiday food drive Oct. 17 to Nov. 11

Students from Upstate’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy program will hold a holiday food drive Oct. 17 to Nov. 11. Donations will benefit the Samaritan Center on N. State Street. Boxes will be located in the following areas: Library, Clinical Pathology on the third floor of Downtown Campus, Geneva Tower, CAB, and Recess Coffee at Harvard Place. All donations are welcome, with special requests for: oatmeal, cereal, fruit juice and drink mixes, sugar, creamer, cocoa, paper products, winter clothing items, trash bags, large cans of fruits and veggies, razors, and deodorant. Any questions, feel free to contact Alicia Vann at or Liz Darroch at

Nursing Grand Rounds is Oct. 18

Sara Fisher, MS, RN, PNP, pediatric trauma coordinator, and Tina Eberhard, RN-BC, pediatric emergency department patient service leader, will present Caring for the Traumatic Child: Who are we? What do we Do? Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The presentation will be videotaped and streamed live to the Community Room at Community Campus. The presentation is targeted to all Upstate RNs with the purpose of increasing knowledge of the physical and emotional affects that pediatric trauma patients and staff experience at a level I trauma center. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, please contact Ellen Albanese at

Emergency Management drill at Community Campus is Oct. 19

Emergency Management and the exercise planning team will hold a mass casualty incident (MCI) exercise Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Community Campus. Exercise play will mainly involve the Emergency Department, Incident Command, Information Management and Technology, Patient Access, University Police and Upstate Connect.

Diversity reading group roundtable is Oct. 19 

A diversity reading group roundtable will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1508 Setnor Academic Building. How to Decimate a City by Alana Semuels will be explored, as well as the historical and social influences on health and well being in Syracuse. For more on the topic: The Upstate community is welcome.

SUNY Global Health Institute Virtual Grand Rounds is Oct. 19

Upstate’s Kristopher Paolino, MD, will present Global Health for the Warfighter: Military Preparedness Includes Global Health Preparedness Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. in 103 Weiskotten Hall. The virtual and interactive session will be hosted at Upstate and broadcast to SUNY Albany, Buffalo, Stonybrook and Downstate. The SUNY Global Health Institute mission is to provide a mechanism for global health programs at SUNY academic health centers, system-wide universities and college campuses that will foster collaboration and innovation in education, training, and research initiatives in global health. Questions? Visit Link Icon or email

Healing Muse 16 Publication Launch is Oct. 19

The Healing Muse, Upstate’s journal of literary and visual arts, will celebrate its 16th issue with a launch party Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The program will feature readings by some of the writers in Muse 16. This issue contains writing from students, staff and faculty at Upstate Medical University, as well as writers and artists from across the United States. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the journal will be available for sale. For more information, visit: or visit our blog: Link Icon. The community is welcome.

Registration for Community Campus Blood Drive is Oct. 19 and 20

The Community Campus blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Dining Rooms 1 and 2 in the Cafeteria at the Community Campus. To schedule an appointment in advance, contact the Blood Bank 492-5287; Upstate Connect 464-8668; or email
Registration will be held Oct. 19 and 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community Campus.

RD Live: Taste and Try is Oct. 19 and 20

Join registered dietitians Elizabeth Farrell and Carrie Carlton for a Taste and Try Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Campus cafeteria and Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Café 750 at Downtown Campus.

Hot Topics in Research focuses on MRI technology Oct. 20

Gregory Hurst, PhD, will present MRI Technology Trends and Opportunities: Connecting Globally and Acting Locally Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in 2509/2510 Setnor Academic Building. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 18 to

Grand Rounds on nursing home care is Oct. 20

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds will be held Oct. 20 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Yue Li, PhD, Health Policy and Outcomes Research at University of Rochester Medical Center, will present Satisfaction with Nursing Home Care: Public Reporting and Racial/Ethnic Disparities. Li will discuss his work analyzing patient satisfaction data from Maryland nursing homes. Rounds will also be available via webinar. To register, visit: Email Cindy Paikin at for more information.

Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is Oct. 21

Larry I. Benowitz, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, will present Optic Nerve Regeneration: Oncomodulin, Pten, Zinc, and Other Actors Friday, Oct. 21 from noon to 1 p.m., in Room 4709 Neuroscience Research Building (IHP Expansion).

Community campus Grand Rounds are Oct. 21 and 28

Community Campus Grand Rounds are held Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A and B from September through June. CME credits are available. No registration is required. For more information, e-mail Beth Sellers at

Oct. 21 with Rev. Terry Culbertson – Paging God in the Halls of Medicine:  Can Spiritual Care Enhance Your Practice?
Oct. 28 with Sarabeth Baxter, PharmD – A Vitamin a Day Keeps the Pharmacist Away...or does it?

AnJel's Holiday Shoppes is Oct. 22

AnJel's Holiday Shoppes will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liverpool Fire Department Station #1, 1110 Oswego Street, Liverpool. The event features local crafters and vendors, raffles, bakery and coffee shop, and 50-50 drawing. All proceeds benefit the Upstate Cancer Center AnJel Fund for Young Women with Breast Cancer, held at the Upstate Foundation. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld, Upstate Foundation, at or 464-4284.

Welloween is Oct. 24 to 28

Welloween will be held Oct. 24 to 28 at the Health Sciences Library at Weiskotten Hall. The preliminary schedule is as follows. More information will be forthcoming.

Oct. 24: flu shots, Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday
Oct. 25: back pack assessments, learn to knit
Oct. 26: Tai-chi demonstrations
Oct. 27: pet therapy dog visits
Oct. 28: frightening finances

Trick your Treats contest is Oct. 24 to 31

Pathway to Wellness wants to encourage you to choose healthy, fun and creative treats in your department. Post photos of your treats to and a winner will be chosen based on the number of likes. If you don’t have Facebook, send a photo to Emily Cotey at and Pathway to Wellness will post for you. The winning department will receive a 10 pound bag of apples and two gallons of cider.

Submissions for cancer center art gallery due Oct. 25

Applications for the second edition of the Upstate Cancer Center Guest Artist Gallery are due Oct. 25. The application process is open to the Upstate community and to the public. Email Matthew Capogreco for a PDF application at

Register by Oct. 27 for Student Learning Outcomes Committee Lunch and Learn

The Student Learning Outcomes Committee will present Faculty Innovations in Assessment, a Lunch and Learn, Thursday, Nov. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in Setnor 2509/2510. Dr. Joan Mitchell will present The Virtual Medical Error Room and IPE Clinical Experience and Dr. Mark Schmitt will present How to Assess Student Research Activities. Lunch will be provided. To R.S.V.P., email Colleen Dillenbeck at by Oct. 27.

Clinical update on substance abuse is Oct. 28

A clinical update on substance abuse issues will be held Friday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall.

Michele Caliva, RN, CSPI, Upstate New York Poison Center, will present Emerging Drugs of Abuse: Do We Have an Epidemic in Our Community?

Monika Taylor, LCSW, CASAC, Crouse Hospital, will present Hear Our Voices: How to Recognize Addiction as a Disease Process and Implement Appropriate Interventions.

Registration is $50; $35 for students. Deadline to register is Oct. 26. 3.0 contact hours will be awarded by the Institute for Continuing Nursing Education. The event is sponsored by Upstate’s Nursing Alumni Association and the College of Nursing. To register, visit For more information, contact Jodie Brown at or 464-4276.

Presidential Symposium set for Oct. 28, 29

The first Presidential Symposium will be held Oct. 28 and 29 at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, 841 East Fayette St.

Mary-Claire King, PhD, professor of medicine and genome studies at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address titled: The Story of the BRCA-1 and Evidence for Universal Screening Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. A panel discussion will follow. King’s address is free and open to the public. King is a noted geneticist who discovered the BRCA1 gene and its connection to breast cancer risk. Among her many awards are the nation’s highest recognition for scientific achievement, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, presented by President Obama in 2016. In 2014, she earned the prestigious Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Award, often referred to as “America’s Nobels” for her work. Additional symposium programming will be featured Saturday, Oct. 29, also at the CNY Biotech Accelerator.

Shuttle service will be provided Friday, Oct. 28 every hour from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. picking up and dropping off at the Upstate University Hospital traffic circle.

Shuttle service will be provided for students Saturday, Oct. 29 with pickup at 8:15 a.m. at Geneva Tower and drop off at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Geneva Tower.

Annual Halloween parade is Oct. 31

The annual Halloween parade for patients at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital will be held Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. Participants must be employed by Upstate, wear a child-friendly costume, and supply their own items to hand out. To register, email Jon Crowder at by Oct. 21. Include your full name and the names of others, if you wish to participate as a group. Registration is required. Upon registration, additional details will be shared.

CHAMP webcast is Nov. 2

Ann Botash, MD, will lead the next CHAMP educational webcast When It’s Not Child Abuse Wednesday, Nov. 2 at noon. An educational review of cases will be presented by Linda Cahill, MD, Ann Lenane, MD, Alicia Pekarsky, MD, and Jamie Hoffman-Rosenfeld, MD. For registration forms and more information, contact JoAnne Race at 883-5615 or

The CHAMP 2016-2017 educational webcast series is supported by New York State Department of Health funding to improve the quality of medical response to suspected child abuse, and additional webcasts are scheduled for Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, and March 22. More information can be found on the CHAMP website at:

Lunch and Learn on Public Health is Nov. 2

Public Health and Preventive Medicine will host a Lunch and Learn on the field of public health Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in 9295 Weiskotten Hall. Learn more about public health careers, course sequencing, the Master of Public Health degree, Certificate of Advanced Study in public health and the MD/MPH option. Students and graduates will be on hand to answer questions and offer insight. R.S.V.P. to Rita Rowe by Oct. 28 at

Upstate STARS recognition and appreciation training is Nov. 2 and 9; Dec. 2 and 8

Training will review the benefits of recognition and appreciation, provide examples and techniques of effective forms of recognition, and provide innovative ways to recognize and appreciate employees and coworkers. To register, visit and enter keyword: STARS and click search. The schedule is as follows.  

Downtown Campus
Nov. 2 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 10405A East Tower
Dec. 2 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 11405A East Tower  

Community Campus
Nov. 9 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Community Room
Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Community Room

RN meeting on forensic and sexual assault nursing care is Nov. 10

Onondaga County’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) group will host an informal drop-in session Thursday, Nov. 10 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. in Classroom A and B at Community Campus. SANE will offer hands-on forensic demonstrations and information about providing compassionate care to sexual assault patients. Stop in at any time during the session. Questions? Contact Cathy Narcavage-Bradley at or 315-506-0539.

Coffee with the CEO for Nov. 10 canceled; next is Dec. 8

Join Upstate University Hospital CEO John McCabe, MD, for a cup of coffee and an informal chat at the next Coffee with the CEO Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in the main hospital lobby of Downtown Campus.

Healthy Holiday Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge runs Nov. 14 to Dec. 31

Register now for the online Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge designed to help you maintain your weight for the holiday season. The online challenge runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31. When asked how you heard about the challenge, use PTW for Pathway to Wellness. Register at Questions? Email Suzanne Brisk at

HealthLink On Air guests discuss health issues

Robert Corona, MD, chair of pathology, interviewed Zubin Damania, MD, also known as ZDoggMD, for Upstate's HealthLink On Air radio show and podcast this week.

HealthLink On Air is a public radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications. HLOA airs Sunday at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on WRVO Public Media. Complete shows and individual interviews can be found at

Upstate responds to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

The Center of Global Health and Translational Science is supporting Upstate's response to the devastation by Hurricane Matthew.
Many agencies both here and abroad are helping with relief efforts. Upstate offers some suggestions below, but individuals may want to consider supporting other agencies.
To aid relief efforts in the United States:
  • The American Red Cross:  
  • Salvation Army’s National Emergency Disaster Services:  
To aid relief efforts in Haiti:
  • International Medical Corp:  
The Upstate Foundation worked with IMC for Upstate’s support of earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador earlier this year.
  • Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad’s Hurricane Matthew Relief Mission Fund:   
  • GHESKIO, a medical clinic in Haiti sponsored by Weill Cornell Medicine that provides free medical care, especially for treatment of cholera, which is a significant threat as a result of the hurricane’s devastation: (Indicate Hurricane Matthew relief).

Paid Volunteers Needed for Genetic Child Behavior Research Study

If you are the biological parent of a child between the ages of 6 to 12 years, you may be eligible to participate in an Upstate research study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Stephen Faraone and Dr. Stephen Glatt are studying new ways of classifying mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way that psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. To do this, genetic variation and basic cognitive abilities within families will be analyzed. The goal is to provide a better basis for a new diagnostic system that is less subjective than what is currently used. We are recruiting about 700 families (2800 individuals), looking at a broad spectrum of childhood behaviors, from those children who are developing typically with no mental health concerns, and also those who may have any mental health concerns or behavioral problems. Parents and their children will complete a series of questionnaires and computer-based tasks, and provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. The study procedure takes up to 3 hours for the family. Each participant will be financially compensated. For more information and to enroll in the study contact Pat Forken at 464-5619.

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Urgent need for donors for blood drive Oct. 14 

There are still openings for Red Cross blood drive Friday, Oct.14.  The drive is being held from 8:45 to 1 p.m. in Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital. To schedule an appointment, contact Linda Underwood at 464-6755 or Walk-ins are always welcome, although appointments are strongly recommended to minimize wait time.

Last day to register to vote is Oct. 14

A reminder that the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 8 election tomorrow, Oct. 14. Individuals not registered, should contact the Board of Elections in your home county for information on how to register, which can be done in person, by mail or online. Here are some resources to assist you in the process:
Onondaga County Board of Elections:
Oneida County Board of Elections:
Madison County Board of Elections:
Cortland County Board of Elections:
Cayuga County Board of Elections:
Oswego County Board of Elections: Link Icon

Hispanic Heritage Month activities are Oct. 14 and 20

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and guests from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Syracuse will host a Heart Health and Wellness Program Friday, Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Setnor Academic Building and Thursday, Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Community Room at Community Campus. Learn popular Latin dances like the Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and the Cha Cha. Light refreshments will be served and the American Heart Association will be on hand to offer information on heart health in both English and Spanish. For more information, call Nakeia at 464-5234.

Upstate to sponsor opening night of Syracuse Crunch Oct. 15

Upstate University Hospital will celebrate the heroic work of CNY’s first responders at the Syracuse Crunch home game Oct. 15 against the Rochester Americans at the War Memorial. All fans in attendance for the home opener will receive Crunch thunder sticks, courtesy of Upstate University Hospital. The game will be highlighted by an opening ceremony featuring first responders, including firefighters, police officers and EMTs from Upstate University Hospital. The Crunch will be joined by the first responders as they accompany the team onto the ice during player introductions. Special tickets are available for credential first responders. For more information, go to

E-Race Cancer Half Marathon and 5K is Oct. 16

The 2016 E-Race Cancer running event will support the Integrative Oncology Program at Upstate Cancer Center. The Oct. 16 event begins at 8:30 a.m. with the half marathon course that will start/finish inside Van Buren Park in Baldwinsville.  The 5K will begin immediately after the half marathon finish. In addition to the foot races, a fall festival will feature  a Farmers' Market, food vendors, pony rides, bounce houses and a chicken BBQ. For more information:

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is Oct. 16

Presented by the Upstate Cancer Center, Making Strides race will be held Oct. 16 with registration at 8:30 a.m. at SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. To register, go to:

Spiritual Care Week is Oct. 16 to 22

Upstate’s Spiritual Care Program will host special services at both campuses in honor of Spiritual Care Week Oct. 16 to 22. The schedule is as follows.

Downtown Campus:

Monday, Oct. 17 at noon, Mass with Father Innocent. Blessing of the hands in the basement and first floor.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 at noon, prayer services with Deacon Dutter. Blessing of the hands on floors 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, blessing of the hands on floors 6 and 7.
Thursday, Oct. 20, blessing of the hands on floors 8, 9 and 10.
Friday, Oct. 21, blessing of the hands on floors 11 and 12.

Community Campus:

Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1 p.m., music by Dick Ford of Signature Syracuse in the cafeteria. Blessing of the hands offered by chaplains.
Friday, Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Grand Rounds on Spiritual Care with Rev. Terry Culbertson, MDIV, BCC, CT.

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