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Upstate Announcements for March 2, 2021

Anonymous Covid-19 vaccine survey seeks input

Part two of an anonymous Covid-19 vaccine survey takes five minutes or less to complete and closes March 5. The survey focuses on thoughts and behaviors surrounding Covid-19 vaccination. Whether you received Covid-19 vaccine or not, we are interested in your opinion. We have received 3400 responses so far and would like to double that amount. Help us reach our goal and take the survey now.

The anonymous survey is available online at: https://redcap.upstate.edu/surveys/?s=3MWYCDR7P4.  

The survey link is also available on PCs throughout campus as a syringe icon on the desktop. To receive assistance with survey completion, email Dr. Jana Shaw at shawja@upstate.edu.



Upstate In Memoriam

Upstate’s In Memoriam page has been updated and is available online here: https://www.upstate.edu/hr/memoriam.php. For more information about the In Memoriam page, email Renae Rokicki at RokickiR@Upstate.edu.



Well New York State Monthly Challenge for March

The Well New York State Monthly Challenge for March is to try a new healthy recipe. To register and track your progress, visit: https://wellnys.goer.ny.gov. For more information on Pathway to Wellness opportunities at Upstate, follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/UpstatePTW.



Beyond the Doctorate Research Day is March 3

Upstate Medical University will shine a light on research studies conducted by postdocs, fellows and residents during the virtual Beyond the Doctorate Research Day Wednesday, March 3 beginning at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

The event kicks off with short research talks from postdocs, residents and the keynote featuring Frank Middleton, PhD. Immediately following the afternoon presentations, a virtual poster session will be held on Remo. 

Beyond the Doctorate Research Day is presented by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Graduate Medical Education. For more information, email Natalie Andrianos at andriann@upstate.edu or visit: https://www.upstate.edu/postdoc/postdoc_life/beyond-doctorate-research-day/event-details.php.



Healthy eating tips with state wellness coordinator is March 3

What Am I Planning to Eat Today? will be held March 3 at noon. The 30-minute session will be led by Linda Carignan-Everts, wellness coordinator for the New York State Employee Assistance Program. To learn tips on how to make healthier choices throughout the day, join via WebEx here: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=tdb868ba2ac016857af0d4fb2b303d4e5



CAB Bookstore closes March 5

The CAB Bookstore will close March 5. A virtual bookstore run by Follett is online now and available here: www.Upstate-Shop.com. The online store offers more options and sale items.



Dress in Blue Day for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is March 5

Wear blue March 5 to show your support for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and share a selfie on social media with this message: I am wearing blue because in 2021, an estimated 149,500 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Reduce that number by taking the pledge to get screened for colorectal cancer at https://pledge.getscreened.org. Use hashtag #DressInBlueDay. Follow Upstate Cancer Center on Facebook.



Improve wellbeing at Upstate through peer support training March 8, 29, 31

In support of the Clinician Peer Support Program of Central New York and the P2P Peer support program offered through the Medical Society of the State of NY, Upstate will offer three training sessions. 

Training sessions will be held: 

March 8 from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

March 29 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

March 31 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. 

This 2.5 hour virtual training is developed and facilitated by Jo Shapiro MD, FACS, Brigham and Women’s hospital. 

Training is available to physicians, advance practice clinicians, nurses, residents, behavioral health clinicians and respiratory therapists. We also welcome interested administrators to observe the training to better understand the program. Please offer the training to potential peer supporters—clinicians who are respected in their area and who are good, kind and empathetic listeners for their colleagues. 

Provide the following information for those interested in training sessions: name, role, institution, email, requested training date. Send to: Leslie Kohman, Chief Wellness Officer, at KohmanL@Upstate.edu. Additional questions can be sent to Dr. Deb Bradshaw at bradshad@upstate.edu.



Virtual Schwartz Rounds is March 9

Virtual Schwartz Rounds will be held Tuesday, March 9 at noon and will address life during Covid. To join the Zoom, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027?pwd=SEJXc0dBb0c1anVoUzZXblBROEpQUT09 or use https://upstate.zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID: 590 776 0027 and password: Libby02.

Schwartz Rounds gently addresses the way our own behaviors might block communication with patients, families, and staff; recognize ways to share the stress or isolation within and between disciplines; recognize stress-release of sharing stories and concerns in a safe environment. All staff welcome. CME’s are available. No lunch this time. For more information, email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



Upstate Vector Biocontainment Laboratory panel discussion is March 12

A virtual panel discussion focused on the new Upstate Vector Biocontainment Laboratory will be held Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The new lab, slated to open this month, is a state-of-the-art BSL-3 laboratory that will serve as a critical resource in the global fight against infectious diseases. The virtual panel will discuss the resources and capabilities of the lab and how they will support comprehensive research on infectious diseases—with special emphasis on Covid-19, tick and mosquito-borne diseases. To join the Zoom March 12, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/96501415035.



Dearing Writing Award entries due March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities annual writing award competition closes Friday, March 12. The competition is open to all Upstate residents, employees, faculty, and matriculated students. Works of fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir are welcome. The subject matter is open.

Two copies are required. The first copy should include: the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category; students should indicate college and class year. The second copy should 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 five poems.

Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, at musolina@upstate.edu. Winners will be announced and awards presented April 7.  Winners will receive a monetary award. All submissions receive consideration for CBH’s annual journal, The Healing Muse. For more on the publication, visit www.TheHealingMuse.org.



Submit individual photos for Hospital Week by March 15

In preparation for Upstate’s National Hospital Week celebration May 9 to 15, submit individual staff photos (no groups) to be featured in our online gallery and printed materials. Photo guidelines are: no group shots, must be individual photos, selfies are acceptable, mask or no mask is okay, show your Upstate pride. Photos are due March 15. Email to Megan Chase at ChaseM@Upstate.edu with Hospital Week in the subject line.



Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds is March 16

Nancy Page MS, RN, NEA-BC, will present Upstate Nursing 2020 Year End Review: RN Satisfaction Survey Results, The Pandemic Journey and Pending Legislation on Tuesday, March 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. via WebEx. 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 Holly Briere at briereh@upstate.edu.

To register, enter your full name and email address. Meeting information is as follows: https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=m480580be19553a98421cafef732ab600

Tuesday, Mar 16, 2021 1:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada); Meeting number: 160 714 0365 and Password: MygabpAD234. Join by video system dial 1607140365@upstate.webex.com or dial and enter your meeting number. Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Access code: 160 714 0365.



Session on ergonomics and productivity is March 17

Join Becky Ossevoort, Upstate’s ergonomic specialist, for a presentation on how ergonomics can improve productivity. Why Can’t I Get Anything Done will be held March 17 at noon via WebEx. Tips on how to make your office space healthier and more efficient will be discussed. Presentation is 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q and A. To join, visit https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. Follow Upstate Pathway to Wellness on Facebook for more.



SUNY Campus Climate Survey open to Upstate employees through March 25; Upstate students through March 22

The SUNY Campus Climate Survey is currently open to all Upstate students until March 22 and to all Upstate employees until March 25. Each student and employee has received an email from Survey@suny.edu which contains the individualized link you need to complete the survey. This survey is intended to gather information about the incidence of sexual and interpersonal violence and knowledge of related policies and resources available on campus, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

Although this survey is voluntary, we encourage all students and employees to participate, regardless of whether or not you feel as though these issues impact you personally. Larger response rates will increase the reliability of the results. Your answers are confidential, and will only be reported in terms of groups of students and employees, rather than as individuals. Upstate will use the results to better understand the prevalence of these incidents in the campus community and to inform improvements in programs.

Thank you for your honest feedback and responses. Your participation will help make our campus community a better place to live, work, and learn. 



Web services at Upstate

Since the start of Upstate’s website back in the 1990s, the site has been built and maintained by a talented and dedicated internal staff of people with a variety of skills sets. The web design team uses a Content Management System (CMS) called Cascade to allow people from across Upstate to maintain and expand their own sites. Upstate adheres to federal and state ADA requirements for usability and accessibility throughout the website, and our responsive template design is optimized for viewing on all devices.

For more information on what Campus Web Technology can do for your department, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/edcomm/web/



HealthLink On Air features Upstate doctors and timely health topics

Among recent guests on Upstate's HealthLink on Air were: emergency physician Bill Paolo, MDneurosurgeon G. Duemani Reddy, MDpsychiatrist Christopher Lucas, MD; and colorectal surgeon Kristina Go, MD.

HealthLink on Air is a podcast and radio show produced by Marketing and University Communications, available through podcast searches and 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.