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Upstate Announcements for June 5, 2019


Reception for Gahtan, Gonzalez and Amankwah is June 6

A farewell reception for Drs. Vivian Gahtan, Lorena Gonzalez, and Kwame Amankwah of Vascular Surgery will be held Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the atrium of Setnor Academic Building. The reception is open to the Upstate community. 



Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event is June 6

Housecalls for the Homeless Chair-ity Event will be held Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Lucy's Auditorium, 432 Gifford Street. The event will feature a silent auction of 20 uniquely decorated chairs donated by local and national designers and artists. Event proceeds benefit the Housecalls for the Homeless Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, supporting medical, psychiatric and addiction safety-net services to those without homes in Onondaga County. For tickets or to make a donation, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/Housecalls.  For more information contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at shenfels@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4284. 



International Pheo Para Conference and Grand Rounds Dinner is June 6 to 8

Upstate Cancer Center and the Department of Urology will host the International Pheo Para Conference and Grand Rounds June 6 to 8. The conference features world leaders in pheochromocytoma and paragaglioma who will present information on diagnosis, treatment, and advances in research. The conference is free and CME credits will be offered. 

Karel Pacak, MD, PhD, DSC, will deliver the keynote address at Grand Rounds Dinner Thursday, June 6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. To register for Grand Rounds, email  PHEORSVP@upstate.edu  or call 315-464-6102. 

The conference for medical professionals and patients will be held Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at CNY Biotech Accelerator. For more information on the conference, contact Matthew Capogreco at capogrem@upstate.edu  or 315-464-3605, or visit www.upstate.edu/pheo.



Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds are June 7, 14, 21, 28

Community Campus Primary Care Provider Rounds will be held Fridays June 7, 14, 21, 28 in Classroom A/B at Community Campus. CME credits are available. Registration is not required. For more information, email Beth Sellers at sellersb@upstate.edu.  The schedule is as follows:

June 7-Theresa Hankin, RRT: Are you Ready to Help your Patients Become Tobacco Free?

June 14-Armando Arroyo, MD: Infertility

June 21-Emil Azer, MD: Pelvic Fractures in the Geriatric Population

June 28-Cynthia Carey-Woods and Lisa Vigliotti-Bane: Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition  



Robert B. Barlow Vision Research Seminar is June 12

Stephen M. Redenti, associate professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at CUNY’s Lehman College, will present Retinal Exosomes in Development and Disease Wednesday, June 12 at 4 p.m. in 4709 Neurosciences Research Building.



Student information sessions on health careers are June 12, July 10 and 26

Prospective students interested in medical imaging, radiation therapy, physician assistant and physical therapy careers are welcome to join Upstate Student Admissions for a series of information sessions to be held in Weiskotten Hall. The schedule is as follows. 

June 12 at 2 p.m. Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

July 10 at 2 p.m. Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

July 26 at 1:30 p.m. Physical Therapy

July 26 at 2 p.m. Physician Assistant 

Registration information is available at http://www.upstate.edu/prospective/events/specialevents.php.  For more information, call 315-464-4570. 



Retirement reception for Terri Morse is June 14

A retirement reception for Terri Morse, NP, will be held Friday, June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the medium conference room on the fifth floor of Upstate Health Care Center. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, call Alexis Yackel at 315-464-3494.



Clergy Day registration closes June 14

Upstate’s 27th annual Rev. Jerry Shave Clergy Day will be held Thursday, June 20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the conference rooms at Upstate Cancer Center. The event is free but registration is required by June 14. To register, call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668 or toll free at 800-464-8668, 24 hours a day. 

Understanding Palliative Care For Clergy: Now and at the Hour of Our Death is designed to help spiritual care givers understand the end of life, advanced directive documents, and how serious illness impacts patients and families. Discussions will touch on the scope of palliative care and how to hold both hope and reality at end of life care. 



Sixth annual You are Not Invisible 5K is June 15

In My Father’s Kitchen, Upstate’s 2019 Your Cause charity, will hold the sixth annual You are Not Invisible 5K June 15 at Bay View Pavilion at Onondaga Lake Park. Registration is $30 and all proceeds benefit In My Father’s Kitchen and their mission to change the lives of homelss in Syracuse. To receive a Team Upstate shirt for the event, contact Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu  or 315-464-4836. For more information about the 5K and to register, visit https://diem.life/imfk/imfk-6th-annual-5k-walk-run-2019/471/100.  



Alzheimer’s education day is June 18

University Geriatricians, Health Science Library, and the Alzheimer’s Association will offer education on Alzheimer’s disease Tuesday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Upstate’s Downtown Campus. Learn more about resources for caretakers, gerontology care, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. 



Hot Topics in Adolescent Behavior is June 19

Hot Topics in Adolescent Behavior will be held June 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the Performance Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Topics include gender diversity among youth, PreP, PEP, viral load suppression, HIV, mental health concerns. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-topics-in-adolescent-health-and-behavior-tickets-62372490799  or email Nuala Wheat at wheatn@upstate.edu.



Retirement receptions for Tom Edwards will be held June 20 and 26

Retirement receptions for Tom Edwards will be held June 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in E9405 A/B at Downtown Campus and June 26 at 11 a.m. in 512 A/B at The Galleries. Edwards retires after 10 years of service in Managed Care Contracting and Utilization Management. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, email sullivaa@upstate.edu.  



Retirement reception for Carol Maier is June 21

A retirement reception for Carol Maier will be held Friday, June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in 4414A Academic Building. Carol retires after 40 years of service in Patient Financial Services and Information Management and Technology. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information, email doctorm@upstate.edu.



Vascular disease screening event is June 26

Free screenings for vascular disease will be offered Wednesday, June 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament School, 3129 James St. To R.S.V.P., call Upstate Connect at 315-464-8668. The screenings will be conducted by Upstate’s Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Services, and HealthLink. The event is sponsored by the Upstate Foundation’s Friend in Deed. 



Clean Up, Clean Out Day is June 26

Clean Up, Clean Out Day is June 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Downtown and Community campuses. For more information, contact Environmental Services at ENV_SVCS@upstate.edu  or 315-464-6576. 



Retirement reception for Robert Poster is June 28

A retirement reception for Dr. Robert Poster will be held Friday, June 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 3430 Radiology Conference Room. Poster retires after 32 years of service with the Radiology Department. The Upstate community is welcome. For more information, call Gina at 315-464-7433. 



Advocates Nellie Hurley scholarship applications accepted until June 28

The Advocates for Upstate is now accepting Nellie Hurley scholarship applications for tuition and related expenses. Awards are granted to active employees and adult volunteers pursing undergraduate studies in any health-related field at an accredited institution, and who meet eligibility criteria. Applications are due June 28 by noon. For more information, visit http://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/index.php  or email adlerj@upstate.edu



Registration is open for Tour de Cure

Team Upstate will participate in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure Sunday, July 21 at Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. To register and find more information, visit http://www.diabetes.org/TeamUpstate  or email Team Upstate captain Dan Waterman at watermda@upstate.edu.



Emotional Intelligence course offered by OTD

Organizational Training and Development offers TalentSmart's Mastering Emotional Intelligence (EQ) class. Learn what EQ is, your EQ score, and strategies to handle yourself in times of stress and dealing with others skillfully. For more information and to register, contact Tracy Fenner at fennert@upstate.edu  or 464-2957. Self-serve registration is not available for this course. 

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Recycle for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Place used printer cartridges or ink jet cartridges in boxes without the UPS label, place in interoffice mail, and address to ‘Recycle.’ Funds raised benefit Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. 



HealthLink on Air features Upstate New York Poison Center and Urology

Among recent guests on HealthLink on Air are Michele Caliva and Lee Livermore, both from the Upstate New York Poison Center, and urologist Oleg Shapiro, MD. HealthLink on Air is a radio show and podcast produced by Marketing and University Communications. HealthLink on Air is available on iTunes and other podcast sources, and is broadcast on WRVO Public Media Sundays at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Complete shows and individual interviews are also available at www.healthlinkonair.org.



Tummy Time Dosage Study at Upstate

Determining optimal dosage of prone positioning to facilitate motor development and body composition in early infancy aims to discover how much tummy time parents need to do with their young babies in order to promote the best possible motor development and body composition. Participating infants are randomized into one of three daily dosage groups (0 to 30 minutes; 31 to 60 minutes and more than 61 minutes). Families try to accumulate their prescribed tummy time minutes over the course of the day and keep a daily log of minutes performed until the time at which their baby independently transitions in and out of sitting. Participants are visited in their homes one time per month for 12 months in order to measure their height, weight and motor development, and then again at 15 and 18 months of age. The monthly visit lasts about 30 minutes. Infants with typical development (not born more than three weeks early) that are zero to eight weeks of age are sought. The results of this study will allow infant practitioners to provide families with specific tummy time recommendations. Interested families please contact Erin Wentz, PT, PhD, PCS at wentze@upstate.edu.