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Upstate Announcements for March 12, 2019


Upstate New York Poison Center marks Poison Prevention Month March 12 and 28

Upstate New York Poison Center will distribute poison prevention materials and information March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby at Downtown Campus and March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the main lobby at Community Campus. 

Upstate New York Poison Center (UNYPC) provides expert management of the poisoned patient 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—for both the public and healthcare professionals. UNYPC provides public and professional education throughout our 54-county coverage region and answers about 50,000 cases annually. 



National Patient Safety Week presentation is March 12

Michael Mix, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology, will present Candor—a straightforward approach to discussing adverse events March 12 from 7 to 8 a.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The presentation will be live streamed to Classroom A/B at Community Campus. Mix will discuss how Candor will be facilitated and implemented at Upstate. The presentation is a part of National Patient Safety Week. Posters will be on display throughout the week in the lobby at Downtown Campus and in the cafeteria at Community Campus. 



Coffee with the CEO is March 12, 21 and April 5, 11

Join Upstate University Hospital Robert Corona, DO, MBA, for a brief presentation, coffee and a conversation. R.S.V.P. to confirm attendance at http://www.upstate.edu/ceocoffee. The schedule is as follows. 

Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center Atrium

Thursday, March 21 from 8 to 9 a.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m. in Classroom A/B at Community

Friday, April 5 from 8 to 9 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Community

Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 8 a.m., 2 to 3 p.m., or 4 to 5 p.m. Upstate Cancer Center Atrium



Taste and Try is March 13, 20, 27

In celebration of March as National Nutrition Month, registered dietitians from Morrison will host Taste and Try Wednesdays, March 13, 20 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Café 750 at Downtown Campus. 



Pathway to Wellness offers Weigh-In Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27 and April 10, 17, 24

Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program will offer walk-up weigh-ins each Wednesday from now through April 24, offering accountability and a focus on behavior change. Note: There will be no weigh-in April 3. The Wednesday schedule is as follows. 

8:30 to 8:50 a.m., Campus Activities Building Lobby

9 to 9:20 a.m., Jacobsen Hall Lobby

9:30 to 9:50 a.m., Downtown Campus Lobby

10 to 10:20 a.m., Eighth Floor Lobby Downtown Campus

2:45 to 3:45 p.m., Environmental Services Downtown Campus Basement 



Lecture focusing on neurobiology of addiction and novel opioid use disorder treatments is March 14

Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute for Mount Sinai Behavioral Health System and Ward-Coleman Chair in translational neuroscience at Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, will present Translating the Neurobiology of Addiction for Novel Treatments of Opioid Use Disorder Thursday, March 14 at noon in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. The presentation is part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email Patty Gooden at goodenpa@upstate.edu.



Brain Injury Awareness Month event is March 15

Jessica Morley, CBIS, FACTS coordinator at Brain Injury Association of New York State, and Emily Childs, MA, CBIS, regional education coordinator at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Fort Drum, will share information about brain injuries with the Upstate community Friday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 8405 A/B at Upstate University Hospital’s Downtown Campus. For more information, email Karen Cyndari at cyndarik@upstate.edu. 



Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is March 15

Dritan Agalliu, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, pathology, and cell biology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, will present Mechanisms of Blood-Brain Barrier Development, Breakdown, and Repair in the CNS Friday, March 15 at noon in 4709, Neuroscience Research Building. For more information, email millerca@upstate.edu. 



National Patient Safety Week poster awards event is March 15

Compassionate Spirit, Patient Experience, and Quality Poster Awards will be presented March 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. The awards will be live streamed to Classroom A/B at Community Campus. The relationships Upstate staff have with patients and families is the cornerstone of the organization. Awards are developed from patient surveys and letters and include efforts involving coordination of care, ensuring quality and safety, and establishing and maintaining professional standards. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information on patient safety efforts, email briggsj@upstate.edu. 



Entries for 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition due March 15

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks works of fiction, essay, poetry and memoir for the 33rd annual Dearing Writing Award Competition. The competition is open to Upstate residents, employees, faculty, and matriculated students. Entries are due by March 15. Two copies are required. One copy must include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy must include only the title and category with the work. Please note: one entry per writer, maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Email submissions to Jessica DeJohn Barbuto at barbutoj@upstate.edu.  Winners will be announced and awards presented May 1. Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the journal, visit www.thehealingmuse.org



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are March 15, 22, 29

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays, March 15, 22 and 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available and registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu. The schedule follows. 

March 15—Ali Scrimenti, PharmD: Shingles-What you Should Know 

March 22—Brian Johnson, MD: What is Addiction? What Treatments Work? 

March 29—Gennady Bratslavsky: Updates in Urologic Oncology at Upstate: From Surgical Advances to Clinical Trials and Genetic Testing 



Upstate's new Discharge Hospitality Center open house is March 18 and 19

An open house showcasing Upstate's new Discharge Hospitality Center will be held March 18 and 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital's Downtown Campus. The Discharge Hospitality Center will occupy the area previously used as a small cafeteria. Designed as a lounge for up to 12 patients awaiting discharge and staffed with a registered nurse at all times, the center will assist patients in coordinating transportation, durable medical equipment, or medication needs. The Upstate community is welcome to attend the open house. 



Nursing Grand Rounds is March 19

Pamela Haines, RN, MS, assistant director of Nursing Practice, Quality and Safety, will present Interactive Unit Quality Boards Tuesday, March 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The presentation will be taped for online viewing within the Nursing Grand Rounds Blackboard course #3490. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese at albanese@upstate.edu



12th annual Celebration of the Faculty is March 20

The 12th annual Celebration of the Faculty will be held March 20 in 4414 Academic Building. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. and the program will run from 5 to 6 p.m. The 2019 Gold Standard Awards will be presented during the program. Recipients include: Maureen Burke, Amit Dhamoon, Lauren Germain, Stephen Graziano, Robert Gregory, Brian Johnson, Muhammed Sarwar, Debra Wolf, and Charles Woods. New, promoted, and emeritus faculty will also be recognized.



Be the Match bone marrow donor drive is March 21

Be the Match, a bone marrow donor drive, will be held March 21 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the second floor at Downtown Campus. For more information, stop by the event or call Remi Misiewicz at 315-464-5294. 



Liaison Committee on Medical Education visits Upstate March 24 to 27

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine MD program accreditation body, will conduct an on-site evaluation March 24 to 27. A five-member team will meet with pre-selected faculty, residents, students, and staff to review our compliance with accreditation standards. To prepare for this site visit, the College of Medicine conducted a two-year self-study process. The process engaged the campus community in quality assessment and improvement activities, culminating in the identification of the College of Medicine's strengths and opportunities for improvement. The overview of this process is available at: www.upstate.edu/curriculum/lcme/index.php. For more information, email Paul Ko at KoP@upstate.edu or Lisa Phelan at PhelanLa@upstate.edu.



Upstate community invited to martial arts seminars at IHP March 26, April 16 and 25

Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to attend a series of three martial arts seminars to be held March 26, and April 16 and 25 on the second floor of the Institute for Human Performance, 505 Irving Ave. The events are free. For more information email cyndarik@upstate.edu. The schedule follows. 

March 26: Joint Locks, Leverage, and Safe Restraints with Guro Chris Thompson

April 16: Qigong—Meditative Breathing with Purposeful Movement with Northern Wu Master Dave Dolbear

April 25: Empty Hand vs. Knife and Basic Weapons Defense with Guro Sifu and Ajarn Kevin Seaman



Public Health Grand Rounds is March 28

Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH, FAAFP, family physician at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program and activist, will present Advocacy is Essential for Health Thursday, March 28 at 12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edufor more information. Rounds are available via webinar. To register, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5326705423217659649



Reservations for 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot due March 29

The 21st  annual Mystery, Malt and Merlot will be held Friday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the ballroom at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter Complex, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. The event will feature live and silent auctions, local craft beer and wine tastings, dinner, a mystery to solve and more—presented by Advocates for Upstate Medical University. Proceeds will benefit Clark Burn Center and the Upstate Trauma, Burn and Emergency Medicine EMS Program. Tickets are $90 per person. Businesses and organizations are invited to take advantage of sponsorship packages. Reservations are required March 29. For tickets or more information, visit www.upstate.edu/advocates  or call 315-464-5610. 



President's Employee Recognition Award nominations due April 1

Nominations are sought for the President’s Employee Recognition Awards. The deadline for submission is April 1. Information on the awards and a downloadable PDF nomination form is available at: http://www.upstate.edu/president/awards/. Paper copies of the form will be sent to all departments. Awards will be presented at a ceremony June 18. Provider of the Year will be presented to a physician (MD, DO MBBS), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who goes above and beyond her or his job responsibilities in delivering healthcare. Please note that while faculty members are not eligible for individual awards, they may be included in team nominations.

The six award categories are: 

—Outstanding Diversity Contribution of the Year (Team) 

—Community Service of the Year (Team and Individual) 

—Team of the Year 

—Leader of the Year 

—Employee of the Year 

—Provider of the Year 



12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference is April 5

The 12th annual Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference will be held April 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Archbold Theater at Syracuse Stage. To register for Reflections from Experience—Memory and Meaning in Life, the Arts and the Clinic, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/.  Speakers include: Georgian Mustata, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at Upstate; Vincent Monnier, MD, professor of pathology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University; Erin Soros, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in applied psychology at University of Toronto; Steven Lynn, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University; and Stephan Wolfert, actor and playwright. For more information, contact Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu or 315-464-3104. 



Concussion Symposium is April 8

Healing the Brain and Mind After Concussion: A Focus on Emotional and Psychological Factors will be held April 8 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the Genesee Grand Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St. The second annual Concussion Symposium will feature Yuka Matsuzawa, PsyD, ABPP-CN, from Langone Health, and Angelina Rodner, PhD, from Upstate. Registration is $35; $10 for students. Psychological risk factors for poor outcome following concussion, assessments, and interventions will be discussed. To register, visit www.upstate.edu/cme/. For more information, email clost@upstate.eduor call 315-464-4026. 



Pre-retirement information session for New York state employees is April 10

A pre-retirement information session for New York state employees enrolled in the SUNY Optional Retirement Program will be held April 10 from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 4 p.m. in 3105 Weiskotten Hall. The session will provide information regarding New York state retiree health insurance benefits (including Medicare Parts A and B), Social Security benefits, and retirement risks for UUP-represented and MC-affiliated employees. An interactive discussion, materials, and tools will provide an understanding of available state retirement benefits. Advance registration is required by April 5 with keyword SUNYORPINFO at www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/training/register/index.php.  



Retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane is April 12

A retirement reception for Scott Macfarlane will be held Friday, April 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Doust Board Room, 9299 Weiskotten Hall. Scott Macfarlane retires after almost eight years of service in the department of Research Administration as the director of Research Technology and Commercialization. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For questions, please contact FurnariE@upstate.edu. 



Holistic Healing conference is April 18

Holistic Healing: Caring for the Mind, Body and Spirit will be held Thursday, April 18 at the Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. Registration is $75 before April 1; $85 after April 1. Breakfast and lunch are included. 5.9 contact hours will be provided. To register, visit www.upstatefoundation.org/holistichealing. Topics include: holistic nursing, reiki, integrative massage, essential oils, holistic nutrition, botanical healing, yoga and quality of life, meditation, hypnosis and a sound journey.



International Students Association to host 13th annual International Festival April 19

The International Students Association will host the 13th annual International Festivalcelebration Friday, April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. The event will showcase diversity at Upstate with a variety of performances from different cultures and food from various cuisines. There will be prizes for best ethnic attire. If you would like to perform at the event or cook a dish from your country please contact Sumana at sundaras@upstate.edu. The event is free and open to the Upstate community. 



HealthLink on Air features gynecological oncologist Molly Brewer, MD

HealthLink on Air features Upstate Medical School alumna and visiting lecturer Molly Brewer, DVM, MD, a gynecological oncologist and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Connecticut. HealthLink on Air, a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications, airs on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and is available on iTunes and other podcast sources. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.