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Upstate Announcements for August 31, 2023

Psychiatry introduces Upstate Frame of Mind podcast

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has launched a podcast, Upstate Frame of Mind, now available on Spotify. In the first episode, Eric McMaster, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and program director of Upstate’s Child Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, discusses the minority stress hypothesis and the nuances of providing care for gender and sexual minority. 



Applicants sought for Dr. Jessica Summers Memorial Scholarship Fund 

Applications are sought for the annual Dr. Jessica Summers Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship application is open to providers, residents, medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and registered nurses. The fund sponsors an individual’s mission trip to Honduras, as this work was Dr. Summers’ passion. The 2024 trip is set for Feb. 2 to 9. For an application, email Tamara Roberts at [email protected]



Psychiatry Grand Rounds is Aug. 31

Psychiatry Grand Rounds will be held today, Aug. 31 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. via Zoom. Maxine Nwigwe, PsyD, medical student advisor/learning community facilitator of student affairs and clinical professor of medical education at CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program, will present Empowering Diversity: Navigating the Path to Success for Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Medical Students. Link to join Zoom session: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/824931563 (meeting ID: 824 931 563 dial in phone line: + 1 646 558 8656 or +1 408 638 0968). 



Deadline for Emerging Leaders United scholarship applications is Sep. 1

Upstate employees are welcome to apply for a scholarship for Upstate’s chapter of Emerging Leaders United, an affinity group with United Way of Central New York. Participants of the Emerging Leaders program will represent Upstate Medical University and have the opportunity to attend leadership and community education programs, volunteer events, and network with leaders from Syracuse businesses. Emerging Leaders are required to fulfill 16 hours of volunteer service from September 2023 to September 2024. For an application, visit: www.upstate.edu/elu. For questions or more information, email [email protected].



Celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life is Sept. 10

A celebration of Dr. Bradley Middleton’s life will be held Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Marriott Syracuse (100 E. Onondaga St.). A receiving line will run from 3 to 4 p.m. and speeches will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. The Upstate community is welcome. 



Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 12

The 23rd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lodge in Skaneateles. The event is sponsored by the College of Graduate Studies and includes guest speakers, faculty speakers, an introduction to the incoming class, and a poster session along with a reception. For more information about the event, including deadlines for submissions, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/grad/about/retreat/index.php. Questions? Email Shaunna Arnold at [email protected].



Convocation is Sept. 13

Fall Faculty Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at Weiskotten Hall. The Upstate community is welcome to attend. For a list of honorees, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/academic-affairs/about/faculty-awards/index.php. For more information, email Patty Gooden at [email protected].



Easy for You is Sept. 19

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in C3068 Upstate Cancer Center. Everyone with an Upstate ID is welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information, contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or [email protected]



Addressing Equity, Inclusion and Bias in Academic Medicine is the focus of a fall series of workshops beginning Sept. 27

Addressing Equity, Inclusion and Bias in Academic Medicine will be the focus of a fall series of workshops. The free presentations and accompanying debrief sessions are open to all Upstate faculty and staff. All sessions will be virtual. The presentations will feature Diana Lautenberger, director of Gender Equity Initiatives at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

  • The first in the series will address Unconscious Bias in the Health Professions Sept. 27. This virtual presentation will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with a debriefing session set for Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.
  • The second presentation in the series will address Confronting Dominant Culture to Create Inclusive Environments and Belonging on Oct. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with a debriefing session set for Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
  • A third presentation will feature Allyship, Bystander Intervention and Responding to Microaggressions; it will be held Nov. 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with a debrief session on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
  • The fourth presentation will highlight Understanding Gender Bias Today and Solutions to Address. It will be held Jan. 31, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A debrief session for this presentation will be held Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.

To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqde-gqTIjEtYblvMhP5ilAyZat1cX_NAQ#/registration.

Organizers expect these presentations will offer faculty a microcredential opportunity. For further information, please contact Kelly Donovan at [email protected]. This series is supported by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development.



Clark Burn Center Trivia Night is Sept. 28

Clark Burn Center’s Trivia Night will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Crazy Daisies Flowers and Garden Café, 4693 Kasson Rd., Syracuse. Individual registration is $15; 4-person teams are $50; 6-person teams are $70. In addition to 50/50 raffles and basket raffles, Crazy Daises will have food and drinks available for purchase with $1 from each sale of the night benefiting Clark Burn Center. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the Clark Burn Center Fund and support education, research, patient care needs, and community awareness. To register, visit: Upstate FDN (givesmart.com) or text BurnCenter to 41444 to get to the registration page. For more information, email Tamara Roberts at [email protected]



CNY Psychopharmacology Update is Sept. 28 and 29

Save the date: The 28th annual CNY Psychopharmacology Update will be held Sept. 28 and 29. Details will be forthcoming. Questions? Contact Linette Thorp at [email protected] or 315-464-3104. 



Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds is Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Pizza and beverages will be served. Brian Zink, MD, senior associate dean for faculty and faculty development at University of Michigan Medical School and professor and senior associate chair for faculty development in the Department of Emergency Medicine, will present Anyone, Anything, Anytime: A History of U.S. Emergency Medicine. 



Honorary degree submissions sought 

Upstate's Honorary Degree Committee invites nominations for 2024 Honorary Degree candidates. An honorary doctorate degree is "...the highest form of recognition offered by the SUNY Board of Trustees to persons of exceptional distinction."  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit letters of nomination with the rationale for the nomination, and a summary of the candidate's accomplishments and contributions. These should be brief, no more than two pages. The deadline to submit is Monday, Sept. 25. For details, questions or to submit a nomination to the committee please contact Lynn Cleary, Vice President for Academic Affairs [email protected] or Patty Gooden [email protected] or 315-464-5387.



Pet a Pooch seeks staff and/or retiree pet teams 

Upstate’s wellness program offers Pet a Pooch animal support sessions each month to help staff de-stress. New pet teams are sought to participate. Mild mannered, trained dogs willing to provide comfort and emotional support to our Upstate employees (and their people) are welcome. For additional information, email Deb Emerson at [email protected]. To find out more about Pet A Pooch and/or becoming registered with Pet Partners of CNY, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/wellness/



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these Upstate specialists about the dangers of fungal infections, cancer survivors and pancreas-only transplants.

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, including YouTube. 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 upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].