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Upstate Announcements for September 10, 2020

Employee Recognition Day 2020 held online this year

In addition to more than 1,200 Upstate employees being honored for five years of service, four employees will be honored for more than 50 years of service to Upstate: Charlene Hubbell, Clinical Pathology-Histocompatability; Christine Lighthipe, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation-Rehab Therapies; Kathleen Messina, Pediatric Surgery Clinic; and Jeanne Nolan, Joslin Diabetes Center. For a complete list of names and to offer a congratulatory message to a coworker, visit: www.upstate.edu/erd



New York State Deferred Compensation Plan pre-retirement webinar is Sept. 10

The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan will host a pre-retirement webinar today, Sept. 10 at noon. The webinar is open to employees interested in pre-retirement information. For details and to register, visit the announcements and events section of the HR website here: www.upstate.edu/hr/intra/benefits/index.php.



Public Health Grand Rounds on racism is Sept. 10

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds will be held today, Sept. 10 at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. Joseph L. Wright, MD, chief medical officer of Capital Region Health and adjunct professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland Medical System and School of Public Health, will present Racism as a Public Health Issue. To register for the Zoom, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lc-uppz0qGN0_cRL6EjnU9-mvdVraF1of. The event is part of the A. Clement and Hilda Freeman Silverman Memorial Lecture, presented in conjunction with Pediatrics. Questions? Email Alyssa Indelicato at indelica@upstate.edu



Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds are Sept. 11, 18, 25

Community Campus Primary Care Grand Rounds will be held Sept. 11, 18 and 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in-person and online. Up to 20 people will be allowed in Classroom A/B and the online rounds will be held via WebEx. Those attending virtually will need to return evaluations by end of day to sellersb@upstate.edu to receive credit. If attending in person, participants must sign the sign-in sheet to receive credit. The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 11: Travis Hobart, MD, MPH—Lead Toxicity Prevention and Management

Sept. 18: Zachary Vredenburgh, MD—Non-Operative Treatment of Common Sports Injuries

Sept. 25: Daryll Dykes, MD—Primary Evaluation and Management of Common Neck and Back Conditions 



National Healthcare Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week is Sept. 13 to 19

Upstate’s Environmental Services department serves 27 buildings and cleans 2.8 million square feet. On average, they perform 152 swaps, transfers and discharges per day. In 2019, they recycled 1.4 million pounds of material and in the last six months, the department has UV’d 5705 rooms. During this recognition week, be sure to thank the Environmental Services team members you see throughout campus. 



Fall Faculty Convocation is Sept. 16; will be live streamed

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4 pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event is not open to the Upstate community. The event will be limited to the award recipients who are allowed to bring one guest, the stage participants, and Upstate Council members. The event will be live streamed and a link will be forthcoming. 



Reduce neck and back pain classes are Sept. 16, 17 and 18

SUNY Perks will host 30-minute classes led by a physical therapist aimed at reducing neck and back pain Sept. 16, 17 and 18 at noon. To join, use the following link:https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=med1eadb4492e9568ee94771fe5370f8c. (Meeting number: 172 285 0309 Password: Jyn3JcHB3J2). 



Bioethics and Humanities Virtual Journal Club is Sept. 17

Join Dr. Gregory Eastwood Sept. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. as he leads a discussion of two articles focusing on racial bias in medical school admissions. For a copy of the articles and a Zoom invitation, email Andrea at musolina@upstate.edu



Copies of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution available Sept. 17

In celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17, Upstate's Health Sciences Library will offer free copies of The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For additional information, visit the Health Sciences Library website http://library.upstate.edu and Constitution Day subject guide http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution. Questions? Email Christine Kucharski at kucharsc@upstate.edu.



Administrative Professionals Forum is Sept 23

The Administrative Professionals Forum will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. An appointment link will be sent to administrative professionals on file. Kim Gailor and Kim Branagan from IMT will present Organize, Manage and Share with Outlook. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. For more information and to register for administrative professionals webinars, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365/admin_prof.php

To get the most out of this session, please view one of the following introductory sessions to prepare for the forum. Register for a real-time session at https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=154675 or watch a recorded webinar at https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/1_3e0hfao3.



Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds will be held Sept. 29

Denise Letourneau, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate’s Magnet Journey: Are You Ready for the Survey Visit Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. The rounds will be recorded for viewing via 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. To register, enter your full name and email address. Meeting information is as follows: Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 1:30 pm | 1 hour. Meeting number: 172 080 4733 Password: 75ymTBYFxR5 Link: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=me89f110385ae04a4a1bae4e2152547f0. To join by video system, dial 1720804733@upstate.webex.com. You may also dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 with U.S. toll access code: 172 080 4733. 



Upstate PAW is Oct. 2

Upstate partners with the Association for American Indian Physicians for the third annual all-day Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) for native students Friday, Oct. 2. PAW provides students with the information to succeed in the admission process for health care studies and medical school. The deadline to apply for the virtual event is Sept. 15. For more information, visit: www.upstate.edu/paw



Race and Medicine discussion available online through Oct. 9

Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota, presents To Promote Equity, We Must Get Race Right. The presentation examines how racism impacts patient health and how those in health care can respond. The Upstate community has online access to this presentation until Oct. 9 at https://upstate.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/t/1_9iau73j4/167241081. A live Zoom discussion with Dr. Cunningham will take place Oct. 7. More information will be forthcoming. Email musolina@upstate.edu with questions. 



Mystery, Malt & Merlot now an online auction, Oct. 19 through 24

Due to gathering restrictions as a result of COVID-19, Mystery, Malt & Merlot, will not be held Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. The event will be held as an online auction beginning at noon, Monday, Oct. 19, running through 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct 24. More information will be forthcoming.



Annual Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture is Oct. 20

Suzanne Fuqua, PhD, will present Intrinsic Resistance of ESR1 Mutations in Metastatic Breast Cancer Tuesday, Oct. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. The Upstate community is welcome to attend this Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture. To R.S.V.P., email Amy Green at greenamy@upstate.edu



Use Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot for clearance to enter campus buildings

The upgrade and streamlined Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot now contains an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms, as well as questions about possible exposure to COVID-19 and travel history. Individuals are no longer required to enter their birthdate as part of the screening protocol. If using the chat bot and taking your temperature prior to entrance, you do not need to have temperature taken by screener. Since initiated in June, the chat bot has been used by many individuals to fulfill the requirement that all Upstate Medical University employees and students complete a health screening before entering any campus facility. Please continue to use the chat bot as a means of gaining clearance to campus. The Self-Assessment Health Screening Chat Bot can be found here: https://www.upstate.edu/coronavirus/self-screen.php  



Community Giving Campaign: Featuring Interfaith Works 

Years after fleeing war in Iraq, Jihad’s family made a new life in Syracuse, with the help from Interfaith Works. Today, Jihad makes sure that other new Americans who have found refuge in Syracuse have access to quality health care. To learn more about Interfaith Works please watch this video: https://youtu.be/75CNuNo_sZ0. To pledge to Interfaith Works or any of the thousands of incredible agencies through the Community Giving Campaign, click here (Self-Serve log-in and password required): https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/. For general campaign information, visit www.upstate.edu/cgc.



Information sessions on Upstate’s bachelor of science in nursing are online

Admissions will host information sessions on Upstate’s RN-BS nursing program. Sessions are for registered nurses with an associate’s degree in nursing and current nursing students interested in completing their bachelor’s degree. Details on the application process, transfer credits and the program of study will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to ask specific questions. To register for a 30-minute session, visit: https://engage.upstate.edu/portal/virtual-events.



Wellbeing Index is a resource open to the Upstate community

The Upstate community has access to the confidential and anonymous Wellbeing Index, developed by Mayo Clinic. The Wellbeing Index includes a survey designed to help individuals assess and reflect on their current level of distress and provides lists and links to helpful resources, including some specific to the covid pandemic. To access to the Wellbeing Index, visit https://app.mywellbeingindex.org/login. Invitation code: Upstate. 



Upstate experts write white paper on back-to-school guidance

Upstate experts published a white paper for students, parents and guardians, school staff and administrators on how to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document includes a list of recommendations to help lower the risk of spreading Covid-19 among students, teachers and school staff, and includes answers to some commonly-asked questions. Upstate experts in areas of infectious diseases, infection prevention, public health, global health, pediatrics, and laboratory sciences contributed to the document. A direct link to the document is here: https://www.upstate.edu/emergencymgt/pdf/White-Paper-on-In-person-Learning.pdf. The paper is also available on the Emergency Management page dedicated to covid under the information and tools section on the left side. Select “White Paper: In-Person Learning.” 


Employee COVID-19 resource line reminders 

Upstate staff or students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, had an exposure, traveled to a designated state, have concerns regarding an immunocompromised individual living in the same household or need to talk with an emotional support professional, should call 315-464-8436. This resource line is available 24 hours a day for staff/students with covid-related questions on testing or general guidance. A registered nurse will help staff/students through their questions and Employee Student Health will follow up with individuals as needed. This resources line is for Upstate staff/students only. The public covid hotline is 315-464-3979. 



IMT announces plans to switch to Microsoft Outlook

Upstate Medical University faculty and staff will migrate from GroupWise to Microsoft Outlook by the end of the year. A migration schedule is under development, with the intent to migrate entire departments in waves. Information Management and Technology (IMT) will notify department leaders of their migration date. Faculty and staff will receive several emails starting two weeks before their scheduled transition. To prepare for the migration, follow the instructions at https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/pdf/New_prep_migration.pdf. Also visit https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365, which contains training opportunities, online webinars and resource guides. For questions regarding the project, contact IMT Program Manager Kim Gailor at GailorK@upstate.edu