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Upstate Announcements for October 11, 2023

Two special lectures will be featured during Medical Reunion Oct. 13

This weekend’s Upstate’s Medical Reunion features two special lectures open to the Upstate community Oct. 13.

Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.: Welton M. Gersony, MD, Class of ’58, will present “The Evolution of the Diagnosis and Treatment for Congenital Heart Disease: An Extraordinary Journey” as part of the Welton M. Gersony, MD, Class or 1958 Pediatric Lectureship Oct. 13 at 8 a.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium in Weiskotten Hall. Gersony is the Alexander S. Nadas Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He served as director of Pediatric Cardiology at the combined Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell program.

Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.: Robert B. Cady, MD, Class of ’71, will deliver the Weiskotten Lecture on the Haitian Clubfoot Program, its development and its struggle to survive Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in Medical Alumni Auditorium. Cady is emeritus professor of orthopedics and pediatrics at Upstate Medical University.



Limited pairs of tickets available for Crunch home opener Oct. 14

To celebrate the Syracuse Crunch 30 th home opener, presented by Upstate University Hospital, Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., several pairs of tickets are available to Upstate employees, students, and volunteers.

To enter, email your name and cell phone number to  [email protected] by Thursday, Oct. 12 at noon. Tickets will be drawn at random, and winners will be notified by email. If you do not have a cell phone to receive tickets digitally, please include “will call” in your email to pick up tickets before the game.



Making Strides is Oct. 15

Join Team Upstate at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, Oct. 15 in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Participants are welcome to start a team or join a team and help to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, education and awareness programs. For more information and registration, please visit  www.upstate.edu/strides.



Welloween is Oct. 16 to 20

Welloween events will be held Oct. 16 to 20 at the Health Sciences Library in Weiskotten Hall. All activities take place in the Upstate Health Sciences Library atrium unless otherwise noted. For more information, email Sarah Lawler  [email protected].

The schedule is as follows: 

  • Monday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon: Vaping information 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Spooky snacks with student success, and trivia wheel with Institutional Equity
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17 from noon to 2 p.m.: Employee Assistance Program information 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Sign up for a public library card with Onondaga County Public Library
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Inclusive Health Services information
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Flu shot clinic in bubble room on first floor of library, and financial literacy trivia
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Dog therapy visit
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: SNAP double up food bucks program
  • Friday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon: Employee Assistance Program information

Daily drop-in activities and events include: 

  • Make your own aromatherapy pillow and room spray
  • Rock painting
  • Screen break bingo
  • Medical instruments from the past display



Free information on estate planning available Oct. 16 and 20

As part of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, the Upstate Foundation will offer free information on getting your estate in order and making sure you have the right vital documents in place. A Foundation representative will be available to share information and answer questions Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Café 750 on the second floor of Upstate University Hospital and Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the cafeteria at Community. For more information, email Carolyn Hendrickson  [email protected].



Lunch and Learn webinars on violence and workplace safety are Oct. 16, 25, and 30

Throughout the month of October, New York state will offer sessions on Executive Order #17 and the protections of the Gender Based Violence and the Workplace Program. The events are open to all state employee. To register for a session, visit:  https://meetny.webex.com/webappng/sites/meetny/webinar/webinarSeries/register/2288f72cc6444c3799dbce9f345bfd76. The schedule is as follows: 

  • Oct. 16 from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to noon
  • Oct. 30 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.



Advanced Practice Grand Rounds is Oct. 17

Emery House, RN, will present Beyond the Bedside: Ways to Improve Practice Through Research and Innovation Oct. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. via WebEx. To join, visit:  https://upstate.webex.com/upstate/j.php?MTID=me2d8ab01fb537e25b4bdfeb6997a2762. For more information, email Tiffany Senke at  [email protected]. CME credit will be available for participants.



Distinguished Alumni Lecture is Oct. 17

Julie Siegenthaler, PhD, associate professor of pediatric developmental biology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (Class of '05) will present Stuck on You: Meninges Formation and Function in Brain Development Oct. 17 at noon in 103 Weiskotten Hall. A student lunch will follow the lecture. Registration is required for the student lunch by Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. To register visit:  www.upstate.edu/alumnilecture. For more information, email Shaunna Arnold at  [email protected].



Easy for You is Oct. 17

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in suite C 3068 at Upstate Cancer Center. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information, contact Theresa Hankin or Caroly Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or  [email protected]



Domestic Violence 101 webinars for supervisors are Oct. 17, 25, and 31

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence will host one-hour webinars on domestic violence for supervisors and administrators who support and manage staff in a professional work environment. These webinars will cover definitions, power and control tactics, staying versus leaving, and survivor-centered responses. For more information, email Jennifer Hilts at  [email protected]. To register for a session, click on the date:


Volunteers sought for breakfast service at the Samaritan Center Oct. 18

Join members of Upstate Emerging Leaders United as the group helps with breakfast service Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 6:15 to 9 a.m. at the Samaritan Center, 215 N. State St. The Samaritan Center mission is No One Goes Hungry. To participate, or for more information, email  [email protected] or Scott Neal  [email protected].



Purple Thursday is Oct. 19

Wear purple on Thursday, Oct. 19 to raise awareness for domestic violence. Take a photo and tag the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence on social media.  



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.



Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club is Oct. 19

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Journal Club will be held Oct. 19 at noon via Zoom. Deirdre Neilen, PhD, will lead the discussion on The Art of Medicine: Can True Reflection and Solidarity Further Beneficence? Discussion will begin with a consideration of Rodin’s famous  The Thinker as seen in the Taran article, then move into a case study that focuses on a patient facing enormous challenges (medical, social, financial) in handling his disease. Traditionally, this patient would be labeled difficult or non-compliant, each visit leaving patient and clinician dissatisfied and frustrated. Perhaps by reconsidering what we value in the profession and in our lives, we can rediscover the joy of healing. Register in advance here:  https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkdeCupjgoHdE5KRpWoMFcmPeP9Jl9qJFz. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Questions? Email Kathleen Szczech at  [email protected].



Retirement workshop with Voya is Oct. 25

Voya will host a retirement workshop Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. Retirement goals, planning, investments, and strategies will be discussed. Lunch will be provided. Register here and select SUNY Upstate:  https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/#/.



Limb preservation conference is Nov. 4

The second annual Limb Preservation in 2023: Innovations and Advancements conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 4414 Academic Building. In-person and virtual registration options are available. Pre-registration is required here:  https://www.eventsquid.com/event/21334. Limb preservation, neuropathy, diabetic foot problems, and advanced wound care will be discussed.



Participants sought for charity curling event Nov. 4

Participants are sought for a one-day charity curling event to be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at Utica Curling Club, 8300 Clark Mills Rd., Whitesboro, N.Y. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Registration is $65 a person and includes day-of instruction and playing. The event is primarily focused on those who have never tried curling. Teams are typically four players, but teams can be built from singles and doubles. To learn more, contact Doug Rosenthal at  [email protected] or 315-480-8338. Pre-registration is required to participate.



Burn Run is Nov. 5

The 17 th annual Burn Run will be held Sunday, Nov. 5 at 148 Saunders Creek Parkway in E. Syracuse. The kids race begins at 8:30 a.m., 5K at 9 a.m., and 10K at 10 a.m. Proceeds support the Burn Foundation of CNY, which in turns supports burn survivors and Upstate’s Clark Burn Center. Questions? Call Paul Knierman at 315-374-1111. To register, visit:  https://www.theburnrun.org.



Toxicology Teaching Day is Nov. 8

The 27 th annual Toxicology Teaching Day will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. Pre-registration is required here:  https://www.eventsquid.com/event/21388 . The event is for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care providers who routinely care for poisoned patients.



Sarcoidosis Support Group is Nov. 14

Upstate’s Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Division will present Ways to Improve Physical Fitness at the next Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting, to be held Nov. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor classroom at Upstate Health Care Center. To register, email Shania Edwards-King at   [email protected].  



Upstate’s General Counsel is relocating 

Upstate’s Office of General Counsel will relocate to the Campus Activities Building today, Oct. 11. The new address is: 155 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Room 301 Campus Activities Building. The mailing address is: 750 East Adams Street, Room 301/CAB, Syracuse, NY 13210. Phone numbers remain the same.



Cybersecurity Awareness Month at Upstate: Opportunities to Stay Engaged

The Information Management and Technology network operations and security team will host informational webinars and tabling events for the Upstate community to highlight cybersecurity issues that could directly impact Upstate’s infrastructure, staff, and patients. Stop by and test your knowledge. For a schedule of events, visit:  https://www.upstate.edu/imt/news/2023-10-10-cybermonth.php.



Stop the Bleed training is available via Brightspace

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death in trauma. Learn to Stop the Bleed with direct pressure, wound-packing, and tourniquets. Step 1: Take Stop the Bleed on Brightspace. Step 2: Sign up for Stop the Bleed Skills (15 minutes). Questions? Email us at  [email protected].



Community Giving Campaign is underway 

The Community Giving Campaign is an annual campaign where you can donate to hundreds of agencies that are meaningful to you. ePledge is located on self-serve, here:  https://selfserve.upstate.edu/ais/applications/marketing/sefa/epledge/. For more information, visit the campaign website:  www.upstate.edu/cgc. Participants have opportunities to win weekly prizes throughout the year. To view prizes, click here:  https://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/pdf/cgcincentiveposter.pdf.



October is National Retirement Security Month

October is National Retirement Security Month and SUNY’s retirement providers offer several ways to help you plan. Check out the below websites designed for National Retirement Security Month sponsored by our investment providers, so you can learn more about securing your retirement plans.

Corebridge:  https://www.corebridgefinancial.com/rs/microsites/nrsm2023


TIAA:  https://gateway.on24.com/wcc/experience/elitetiaaifssubmaster/3133860/4327407/suny

Voya:  Voya's National Retirement Security Month Dashboard

For SUNY Voluntary Savings 403(b) Plan information, visit  https://www.suny.edu/benefits/vsp/.  



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews with these specialists about battling loneliness, getting seasonal vaccines and dealing with online information.

Loneliness, which has been called an epidemic, and how to address it are discussed by Hilary Gamble, MD, a psychiatrist specializing in treating children and adolescents. She delves into social media use and how solitude differs from loneliness. Click here to listen.

Which vaccines adults should consider this winter are explained by Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy, MD, chief of infectious disease. She goes over shots for flu, COVID-19, pneumonia, RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and shingles and who might need them. Click here to listen.

Whether to trust online medical information is the topic of Amy Caruso Brown, MD, who focuses on how parents of children with cancer used social media as one example. Caruso Brown is a pediatric oncologist and a member of the bioethics and humanities faculty. Click here to listen.

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].