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Upstate Announcements for February 24, 2022

Radiothon for Kids is today and Friday

The 19th annual Radiothon for Kids will broadcast live Feb. 24 and 25 from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from the lobby of Upstate’s Campus Activities Building. Radiothon for Kids supports pediatric services and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. The event will be broadcast on Syracuse’s iHeart Radio stations Y94 and 570 WSYR, as well as CNY Central TV stations. To donate, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/GCHRadiothon, call 315-464-5500, or text UpstateKids to 51555.



Update on eyewear requirements for patient care

Eyewear is no longer required for all patient care, now that our area’s Covid positivity rate has dipped below 5 percent. However, those providing patient care to Covid patients should continue to wear eye protection. For more information, see policy COV P-08 at the following link: https://upstate.ellucid.com/documents/view/10768/active/(login required).



Food truck schedule and locations

Upstate’s food truck schedule and locations are listed below and online at: https://www.upstate.edu/nutrition/food-trucks.php.


Upstate University Hospital traffic circle:

Feb. 25 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 25 Pita Dream from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Feb. 28 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 28 Pita Dream from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.


550 Harrison Street:

Feb. 24 Pita Dream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Feb. 25 Elbita’s Cocina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Feb. 24 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feb. 28 Ali Baba from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All Upstate staff and students are invited to pre-order meals through the StreetFoodFinder App https://streetfoodfinder.com/apps

Elbita’s Cocina pre-orders https://elbitas-cocina.square.site/  



Thank a Resident Day is Feb. 25

Upstate celebrates Thank a Resident Day, Feb. 25. The day, which began 20 years ago by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honors and celebrates residents and the impact they have on medical students, patients, and our community. Whether on-site teaching or involvement outside clinical hours, resident physicians contribute significantly to the knowledge acquisition, continued mentorship, and professional development of students, especially during their third- and fourth-year clerkships. Thank a Resident Day honors the essential role residents play in keeping the Upstate University Hospital system running, in addition to their endless efforts to educate the future doctors of Upstate. If you see a resident, thank a resident.



Advocates for Upstate 2022-23 grant applications due Feb. 25

The Advocates for Upstate Medical University are accepting applications for grant funding of departmental projects and programs. The deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 25 at noon. All departments and programs affiliated with Upstate are eligible. Award decisions will be announced before the end of April 2022, and grants awarded must be used between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023. Full details and the grant application form are here: https://www.upstate.edu/advocates/grants-scholarships/grant-application.php.



Upstate to host conference on Bridging Cultures to Defeat Covid-19 Feb. 28 to March 13

Upstate will host a virtual health sciences education program on “Bridging Cultures to Defeat Covid-19” Feb. 28 through March 13. The program is aimed at providing American, Middle Eastern, and North African clinical and scientific trainees a collaborative scientific and medical education, professional development, and cultural exchange opportunity.

Upstate President Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Dean of the Alan and Marlene Norton College of Medicine Lawrence Chin, MD, will open the conference Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 a.m. Registration is free and available here: https://registration.socio.events/e/bridgingculturesspring2022. Once registered, individuals will receive instructions for accessing the conference platform, schedule and activities. There is no cost to register.



Photos submissions for National Hospital Week due March 1

Photos are sought for National Hospital Week 2022. Photos of individuals (no group photos) will be highlighted in an online gallery and printed materials. Selfies are acceptable—mask or no mask—and show your Upstate pride. Email photo submissions to Megan Chase at chasem@upstate.edu. Photos are due March 1.



Beyond the Doctorate Research Day is March 2

Upstate will shine a light on more than 20 research studies conducted by postdocs, fellows, and residents during the 12th annual Beyond the Doctorate Research Day March 2 at 1 p.m. The virtual event will begin with short research talks from our postdocs and residents followed by a Keynote Address featuring Ramiro L. Gutiérrez, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, deputy chief and medical director of Infectious Disease Associates at Upstate. A virtual poster session will be held immediately following afternoon presentations. The Virtual Beyond the Doctorate Research Day is presented by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Graduate Medical Education. For more information, contact Natalie Andrianos at andriann@upstate.edu or 315-464-4547.



Administrative Professionals Forum is March 2 

The next Administrative Professionals Forum will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Joyce Mackessy will present the keynote on Policy Education. The forum is designed as a resource for administrative assistants who support hospital and campus staff, such as clinical chairs, deans and administrators. It will offer information, tips, helpful resources, professional development and training, and opportunities to promote good health. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to use work release time to attend this work-related enrichment series. RSVP at AdminPro@upstate.edu and an appointment link will be emailed to you. 



Ash Wednesday is March 2

Upstate Spiritual Care will offer ashes March 2. The schedule is as follows:

  • 7:45 a.m. in E5416 Upstate University Hospital
  • 8:45 a.m. 5th floor UHCC
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Spiritual Care office at Community
  • 10 a.m. Suite D at 550 Harrison
  • 10:30 a.m. 12th floor chapel at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • 11:30 a.m. first floor meditation room Upstate Cancer Center
  • Noon to 1 p.m. at Interfaith Chapel at Upstate University Hospital
  • 4 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass at Interfaith Chapel

*Call Spiritual Care to arrange ashes for patients at 315-464-4687.



Therapy dogs at Upstate Library March 3

Pet Partners of CNY will visit Upstate March 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the library in Weiskotten Hall.



Tips on distracted eating is March 3

Are you distracted while eating? The March monthly challenge is to eat without distractions. Linda Carignan-Everts, statewide EAP wellness coordinator, will share tips March 3 at noon via WebEx. To register, visit https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/k2/j.php?MTID=t681c179b4496142dda0a39d36f360aff.



Wear blue March 4

Join Upstate Cancer Center in wearing blue March 4 to raise awareness of colorectal cancer. To be a part of a group photo, meet in the atrium of the cancer center at noon. The photo will be shared on social media.



We Matter information table March 7

Katie Krawczyk, MA, RDN, CNSC, and the We Matter team will host an information table March 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Upstate Cancer Center. Information on colorectal cancer screening and risk reduction will be offered, as well as healthy snacks.



Connect with Others is March 7

Pathway to Wellness offers a water cooler chat via WebEx—talk and connect with coworkers March 7 at 4:30 p.m. for 20 minutes. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Schwartz Rounds is March 8

Who is responsible for my health: Helping the non-compliant and/or unvaccinated patient get past their resistance will be held March 8 at noon via Zoom. To join, visit https://upstate.zoom.us/j/5907760027 or https://upstate.zoom.us/join and use meeting ID: 590 776 0027; Password: 1234. Schwartz Rounds provides a confidential, supportive atmosphere to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues faced when caring for patients and families. All staff are welcome. One hour of CME/CE will be awarded for attendance. For more information email Chaplain Brigid Dunn at dunnbrig@upstate.edu.



Deliciously Present is March 8

A 10-minute mindfulness meditation to help individuals eat without distractions will be held March 8 at noon. Join Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program and Morrison Healthcare here: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. To explore the topic on your own time, visit: https://www.weeatlivedowell.com/mindful-eating-exercises/.



World Kidney Day presentation is March 10

In celebration of World Kidney Day, Dr. Michael Lioudis—division chief of Nephrology at Upstate—will share information about the importance of kidney health and how to care for kidneys March 10 at 10 a.m. Take 10 minutes out of your day to join: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Dearing Writing Awards submissions due March 12

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities seeks submissions for the 35th annual Dearing Writing Awards competition, open to all Upstate matriculated students, residents, employees, and faculty. Submissions are due by March 12. Submissions of quality fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir of any subject matter are welcome.

Submit two copies—One copy should include the writer’s name, address, telephone number, and category on it; students should indicate their college and class year. The second copy should include only the title and category with the work.

One entry per writer, a maximum of 2,500 words double-spaced for essays and fiction, and no more than 5 poems. Send submissions to Andrea Musolino, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, via email 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, visit: www.TheHealingMuse.org.



Employee Assistance Program overview is March 16

Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, SAP, Upstate’s new Employee Assistance Program coordinator, will discuss her background, what the EAP can do for individuals, and the activities she plans to implement. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

The Employee Assistance Program at Upstate provides confidential information, assessment and referral services to staff, their family members, and retirees who are experiencing personal, family or work-related issues. For more information about EAP at Upstate, visit https://www.upstate.edu/eap/ or contact the new EAP coordinator Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, SAP, CTTS, at CristinA@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5296.



World Sleep Day presentation is March 18

In celebration of World Sleep Day, Dr. Antonio Culebras and Dr. Manta will present on insomnia, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder, napping and shift work sleep March 18 at 1:30 p.m. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.



Upstate Cancer Center at Community ribbon cutting is March 29

A ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Upstate Cancer Center at Community will be held March 29 at 10 a.m. at Community. Following the ribbon cutting, staff will lead tours through the facility and answer questions about the offerings. To R.S.V.P., email Chris Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu by March 25. Registered and paid parkers Downtown will have access the open parking lots at Community. Garage parkers Downtown will have access to the Community garage at no charge with an Upstate ID.



Flex Spending Account deadline is March 31

Individuals enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account in 2021 have until March 31, 2022 to submit 2021 expenses for reimbursement. For more information on Flex Spending, visit: https://goer.ny.gov/program-information. Participants can use up to $550 from the 2021 Health Care Spending Account toward eligible expenses incurred in 2022, if the account was active/open as of Dec. 31, 2021. Participants are now able to use the remaining balance in a 2021 Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAA) toward eligible expenses incurred during the 2022 calendar year.



Annual health assessment due dates and mask fits

Annual health assessment due dates and mask fit information is now available for staff and their supervisors via Self-Serve. Information includes due dates for upcoming health assessments and, if applicable, N95 mask type, size and date of most recent mask fit. Visit the Employee/Student Health website here: https://www.upstate.edu/health/ and choose the correct option in the Quick Links section.  

—Staff using Self-Serve, visit: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/. Select My Information, Employee Details, and then Employee Health Information. The most recent mask fit test is listed first. 

—Supervisors using Self-Serve to access their staff health assessment dates and mask fit information, visit: https://selfserve.upstate.edu/. Select My Information, My Departments, choose department, Employee Health Information, Annual Health Assessment and N95 Mask Fit Information. Double-click on an employee in the roster to display the panel and then click Mask Fit History. The most recent mask fit test is listed first. 



Professional Development and Learning seeks mentors

Professional Development and Learning seeks mentors. Mentors will receive a brief orientation and training, and will then be assigned one mentee to meet with over a 12-month period. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/mentoring1/become_mentor.php (login required). For more information, email MaryAnn Stark at starkm@upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for Covid clinical trial

The development and approval of an effective Covid-19 vaccine was an important milestone in our fight against covid. We are grateful to all who have made the choice to protect themselves and others by receiving the covid vaccine. As the pandemic continues, an important next step is to learn about the safety of a third dose of the Pfizer and BioNTech covid vaccine. For more information, call 315-464-9869 or email trials@upstate.edu.



Volunteers sought for meningitis study

Upstate seeks healthy volunteers between ages 15 and 25 for a clinical trial involving the efficacy of a new pentavalent meningococcal vaccine in healthy adolescents and adults, who have previously received one dose of quadrivalent vaccine. Joseph Domachowske, MD, pediatric infectious diseases specialist and principal investigator of the study, will evaluate how a new combination vaccine against all five types compares to the two vaccines currently being used in this age group. Upstate is working with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in developing the new combination vaccine intended to protect against five of the most prevalent serogroups of the bacteria causing meningitis. To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study team at: 315-802-1105, anwarn@upstate.edu or mustanar@upstate.edu.



IMT Training offers OneDrive instructor-led demos in March

IMT Training offers one-hour virtual demos to introduce Microsoft OneDrive, the secure file storing and sharing platform, to staff, faculty and departments. The demo includes accessing OneDrive for the first time, editing files on all of your devices and sharing documents or photos in Office. To sign up for a webinar visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=165455 and register with your employee ID. To ask an IMT training question, or request a custom date for a demo for your team, visit https://forms.office.com/r/SYGFEA1B26. Resources for OneDrive are also available on the Office 365: Projects webpage at https://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/office365/faqs.php.



Pathway to Wellness meditations in March

Pathway to Wellness suggests 1 to 10-minute meditations from Headspace, all at your desk and in less than 10 minutes. Questions? Email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu.



EPIC input sought

Medical staff, residents and fellows are welcome to share insights and candid opinions about EPIC at

SUNY Upstate 2022 EHR Experience Survey (qualtrics.com). Upstate partners with the KLAS Arch Collaborative, a national effort to benchmark physicians’ experiences with their EHR. This allows your feedback to have national relevance and to be collected anonymously if you wish. The link opened Feb. 8 and will run for three weeks. Results will be shared as soon as analysis is complete, as they were last year. Upstate has used results from previous editions of this activity to improve Epic use in multiple ways, including:

  • Increased opportunities for individualized training including 1:1 “over the shoulder” sessions from trained Epic coaches who highlight areas where you can improve
  • Reduced Best Practice Advisories (BPAs) by more than 50%, saved practitioners 700 hours, and embedded the required action directly into the BPA
  • Added numerous Express Lanes, including one for erroneous encounters
  • Enhanced Chart Search, now includes media AND content in PDFs



Student Research Day announced

Student Research Day will be held April 6 via WebEx. Keynote address will feature Prachee Avasthi, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Student talks from the colleges of Medicine, Health Professions and Graduate Studies will begin at 1 p.m., keynote begins at 3 p.m., poster session runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For event details, information on presentations and the virtual poster session, visit https://www.upstate.edu/grad/students/srd/intra/event-details.php or email Natalie Andrianos at andriann@upstate.edu.



Professional Development and Learning offers micro-credentials

Upstate’s Professional Development and Learning now offers micro-credentials. For details, visit https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/services/microcredential/index.php or register to learn more at an upcoming information session at https://www.upstate.edu/pdl/intra/register/index.php?topicid=169698.



Wellness tools open to all at Upstate

WellBeing Index is available to all at Upstate here: https://www.mywellbeingindex.org/. Use “Upstate” as invitation code. Measure your level of wellness, learn more about burnout, and gain access to a variety of wellness tools. This free service is entirely confidential and anonymous.