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Upstate Medical University welcomes students to campus with series of activities

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- On Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1,445 students will arrive at Upstate Medical University for the 2013-2014 academic year, Already on campus are 165 medical students who began their undergraduate medical education Aug. 12.

Orientation activities for students include a Welcome Convocation led by Upstate President David R. Smith, MD, a white coat ceremony, a dinner dance, networking dinners and, for those pursuing biomedical research, an opportunity to dine with a research scientist.

The new arrivals, who will attend Upstate’s colleges of Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Nursing and Medicine’s Masters of Public Health and Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health programs, will officially begin their semester Monday, Aug. 26.

Earlier this month, Upstate’s College of Medicine welcomed its incoming class of 165 new students with orientation activities that included Dinner with a Doctor and a white coat ceremony. This year’s College of Medicine incoming class is made up of 90 percent New York state residents with the highest MCAT verbal reasoning score for an incoming class to date.

Graduate Studies Dean Mark Schmitt, PhD, who assumed the position in June, will welcome students to Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies. Schmitt will be joined by faculty and staff in welcoming 30 new students (20 doctoral, 1 masters) to its degree-granting programs that include: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PhD/MS); Anatomy & Cell Biology (PhD/MS); Microbiology & Immunology (PhD); Neuroscience (PhD); Pharmacology (PhD); and Physiology (PhD/MS). To introduce its new students to faculty, the college will offer its traditional Dinner with a Research Scientist on Monday, Aug. 26.

Upstate’s College of Health Professions (CHP) will welcome 161 new students to its academic programs that are at, or near, full capacity. Health Professions’ students pursue careers in cardiovascular perfusion, medical imaging sciences, medical biotechnology, medical technology, physician assistant, physical therapy, radiation therapy and respiratory therapy. The college’s annual White Coat Ceremony will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium at the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse University campus. Health Professions students will each receive their first white coat as a welcome gift from the CHP Alumni Association. Continuing its tradition, Franciscan Management Services will sponsor a reception for students and guests following the ceremony. According to College of Health Professions’ Dean Hugh Bonner, PhD, the white coat ceremony signifies that health care professionals not only treat, but also care for patients.

This fall, the College of Nursing will launch its new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program that prepares a registered nurse to provide primary health care in complex environments. In addition to the DNP program, the college offers the Bachelor of Science program, Registered Nurse to Master of Science program, and the Master of Science degree program. Welcoming its incoming class of 128 new students to all of its programs will be Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, CNE, ANF, who assumed the position of dean earlier this year, and faculty and staff. A highlight of the college’s orientation activities is a Convocation, to be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center on the Syracuse University campus.

Donna Bacchi, MD, MPH, chair of Upstate’s Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine and director of the Central New York Master of Public Health program, will join faculty and staff to welcome the incoming class of 24 students to its Masters of Public Health and Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health Programs. A highlight of the program’s scheduled orientation events is a poster session showing research initiatives by current MPH students. The poster session, to be held Friday, Aug. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Setnor Academic Building is free and open to the public. Upstate and Syracuse University established the CNYMPH program in the fall of 2009 as a joint graduate degree program--Central New York Master of Public Health Program. As part of the collaboration students receive a joint diploma from Upstate, through its Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. Career opportunities for those with an MPH degree include environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, community health, public policy, public health research and more. The program also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health program. The certificate program provides core public health training to those who work in the fields of public health or health care.