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Upstate Announcements for September 8, 2022

Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund seeks applicants

The Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund, created to sponsor an annual mission trip for a young medical professional, seeks applicants. For an application, email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu. Applications are due Oct. 31. 



Clark Burn Center online auction

An online auction to support Clark Burn Center patients is now open for bidding. To view items, visit: https://tschu8482.wixsite.com/upstateburnauction/auction-items. Note: The kickball tournament was canceled. Questions on the auction or tournament? Email Tamara Roberts at RobertTa@Upstate.edu. 



Student Flu Clinics are Sept. 9, 13, 19 and Oct. 17

Employee/Student Health will host Student Flu Clinics Sept. 9, 13, 19 and Oct. 17 in the Academic Building and the library in Weiskotten Hall. Staff who work in academic buildings are also welcome. Hospital-based clinic announcements will be forthcoming. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 1143 Academic Building
  • Oct. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Weiskotten Hall Library

Schedule an appointment at the Employee/Student Health portal: https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Walk-ins will be accepted, but priority will be given to those with appointments.

All Upstate students are required to receive an annual influenza vaccination and must have documentation of such on record in their student health file by Nov. 1, 2022. Students who receive the vaccine elsewhere, upload the documentation via the Employee/Student Health portal at https://eshportal.upstate.edu/. Questions? Email ESHealth@Upstate.edu. 



Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week begins Sept. 11

International Housekeepers and Environmental Services Week (Sept. 11 to 17) is a week dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working environmental services technicians and linen services staff. During the global pandemic, we have seen these unsung heroes on the front lines working to keep Upstate facilities clean and safe for patients, visitors, students and staff. Celebrate the week by recognizing Upstate’s Environmental Services and Linen Services staff. 



Moving Beyond Upstate: Days of Service begins Sept. 12

Upstate’s Center for Civic Engagement seeks volunteers for Moving Beyond Upstate: Days of Service, to be held Sept. 12 through 18. 

To review a list of community partners in need of service, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aca823a4f5c70-moving. For descriptions of each organization, visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/148nj4j7STwC2zKnU7ma0cguaywzTEt6kTdzX7BDNBcs/edit. 

Questions? Email Simone Seward at SewardS@Upstate.edu. 



EAP Awareness event is Sept. 13 and 15

Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, coordinator of Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program, will share creative ideas on how to de-stress at the EAP Awareness event Sept. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. in 0124 at Community, and Sept. 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in E8405 A/B at Upstate University Hospital. For more information on Upstate’s EAP or this event, email CristinA@upstate.edu. 



Convocation is Sept. 14

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall. For a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/faculty-awards/index.php. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For more information, email goodenpa@upstate.edu



VOYA retirement income planning webinar is Sept. 14

VOYA welcomes Upstate’s New York state employees to participate in a retirement income planning webinar Sept. 14 at noon. VOYA will cover retirement income sources, Social Security, and how to close any potential gaps in income goals. To register, visit: https://boblaferriere.timetap.com. Questions? Email Jennifer Hilts at HiltsJ@Upstate.edu. 



T-shirt sale is Sept. 14 and 16

T-shirt sale to benefit Upstate’s Clinical Laboratory Medical Technology Scholarship Fund will be held Sept. 14 and 16 from 7 to 8:30 a.m., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby at Upstate University Hospital. The sale at Community will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shirts are $20; cash or check made payable to Upstate Foundation will be accepted. 



Grand Rounds on physician suicide is Sept. 15

Upstate University Hospital will host Physician Suicide: Reconceptualizing Do No Harm on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The Healthcare Transformation Grand Rounds will include a showing of the film Do No Harm, followed by a panel discussion.

In the United States, the rate of suicide among physicians is higher than the general population. It is estimated that 300 to 400 physicians die by suicide every year. Despite the high prevalence of suicide, mental illness and suicide among physicians and healthcare workers remain under-recognized.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to recognize the prevalence of suicide risk among current and future physicians, describe the risk factors for suicidal crises among physicians, and discuss mitigation strategies and local resources that are available for physicians experiencing mental health problems.

CME credits are being offered. Advance registration is required. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsf--vrDIoHdajVtbv9ZdjwJD0Y54qmxjq. Participants will be asked to submit questions for the panelists at the time of registration. After registering, a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting will be sent.



Upstate Library recognizes Constitution 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 now through Sept. 19, in recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrated Sept. 17. The day commemorates the 1787 signing of the Constitution and recognizes all who have become U.S. citizens. For more information visit http://library.upstate.edu or http://guides.upstate.edu/constitution. Questions? Email Rebecca Kindon at KindonR@Upstate.edu. 



Advanced Practice Symposium begins Sept. 19

The third annual Advanced Practice Symposium will be held virtually, on-demand, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 30. Topics for this self-led symposium include Covid-19 updates, wound care, holistic and integrative medicine, multiple myeloma, infectious disease, addiction medicine, pain management, genetics, and pediatric mental illness. Registration is now open and 8.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credits will be available. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/aps/symposium/index.php. 



Apheresis Awareness Day is Sept. 20

Apheresis Awareness Day is Sept. 20. Upstate’s Apheresis Unit is located on the 8th floor of Upstate University Hospital. The unit serves both adult and pediatric patients in outpatient and inpatient settings. The team includes five registered nurses who are specially trained to perform: therapeutic plasma exchanges, red blood cell exchanges, white blood cell and platelet depletions, stem cell collections, photopheresis, and therapeutic phlebotomy. To receive more information about Upstate’s Apheresis Unit, call 315-464-9024. 



Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Cancer is Sept. 24

The Al Todeschini Paddle for Pancreatic Center will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. The event includes a leisurely two-mile canoe or kayak paddle on the Moose River beginning at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company in Old Forge, N.Y. No kayaks or canoes will be available for rental. Proceeds benefit the Al Todeschini Pancreatic Cancer Fund, held at the Upstate Foundation, which assists pancreatic cancer patients with expenses and unmet needs related to their care and pancreatic cancer research. For more information call Janice Todeschini at 315-415-3157 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/paddle to download a registration form.



Upcoming Pathway to Wellness events in September

To join the following Pathway to Wellness events, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks. 

Low Impact, Gentle, Fun Jacks is Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. for 10 minutes — Gentle, low-impact cardio. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes/sneakers, and have a bit of room around you. 

Loneliness at Work and Remote Work is Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes — Get tips and ideas on how to combat the feeling of loneliness and feel more connected.

Chair Yoga 1 is Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. Chair Yoga 2 is Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Bed Yoga is Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. — For Chair Yoga 1 and 2, have a sturdy chair, no wheels, comfortable clothes/shoes. For Bed Yoga have a mat/towel and floor space. 

Arm tone-up is Sept. 13 and 15 at 2 p.m. and Sept. 20 and 22 at 2 p.m. — Take a 3-minute break to move and tone your arms. 

Digital Commensality is Sept. 14 at noon for 20 minutes — Bring a lunch to this virtual opportunity to eat with your colleagues. 

Ten minutes of humor is Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. — Start your week with a laugh. 

Weigh-in Wednesday is Sept. 21 — Weigh-in Wednesday begins Sept. 21 and will run for 10 weeks (through Nov. 16). To join, email Suzanne Brisk at BriskS@Upstate.edu by Sept. 14. Each week, participants will receive an email and a recording to help stay on track with healthy weight-management habits. 



Upstate Mental Health REACH is Oct. 6

Upstate Mental Health REACH intensive workshop will be held Oct. 6 via Zoom. The workshop will provide an update on diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders frequently seen by primary care providers. For a list of presenters, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/psych/education/reach.php. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEscu-gpjgvEtDzugPFhdDcGwOARm_Af3vB. 



HeARTS for the Homeless fundraiser is Oct. 13

HeARTS for the Homeless will be held Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Lucy’s, 421 Gifford Street, Syracuse. The event features an auction of paintings, photography, pottery, and jewelry created and donated by local and national artists. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Housecalls for the Homeless street medicine program, serving individuals experiencing homelessness in Onondaga County. For more information, contact Terry Toscano Shenfeld at 315-464-4284 or shenfels@upstate.edu. For tickets ($40/person) or to sponsor, visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/Hearts. 



Transplant Symposium is Oct. 14

Upstate Transplant will host the second annual Transplant Symposium Oct. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. For details and to register, visit: www.upstate.edu/transplantsymposium. 



Mindful Meditation is every Monday and Wednesday

Mindful Meditation will be held every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program coordinator, will offer 30 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. Questions? Email CristinA@Upstate.edu. 



The Informed Patient

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include at-home breathing test devices for ALS patients and a spike in children ingesting marijuana edibles. Guests include:

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Joe Domachowske, MD, on how COVID will likely be experienced by schoolchildren this fall.

Neurosurgeon Harish Babu, MD, PhD, on a trial of regenerative human cell therapy for controlling seizures.

Public health and preventive medicine Chair Christopher Morley, PhD, on home COVID test guidelines.

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.