Presidents Newsletter
August 17, 2018

Middle States Self-Study for University Re-accreditation

Thank you to the more than 150 faculty, staff and students who have participated in the Self-Study process for our university’s Middle States re-accreditation.

Every eight years Upstate undergoes a re-accreditation process by our regional accreditor, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Accreditation is designed to strengthen and sustain higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. Self-Study working groups have reviewed how Upstate complies with each accreditation standard and how we link planning, evaluation, budgeting and improvement. Through this collaborative process, Upstate has crafted recommendations to improve our programs and advance the institution. We are in the final stages of preparing for the site visit, which is scheduled for Nov. 11 through 14.

Any questions regarding this process should be directed to our Self-Study Steering Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Jay Brenner ( or Dr. Lynn Cleary (

Well-Being Index

For most of us, our work focuses on improving the health of our patients, advancing scientific knowledge, and training the next healthcare generation. But what about ourselves? Upstate provides several resources that focus on our well-being, e.g. Employee Assistance Program, Schwartz Center Rounds, Pathway to Wellness. Soon we will have another option. Next month, Upstate will make available to all employees and learners the opportunity to participate in the Well-Being Index, or WBI, for short. Developed by the Mayo Clinic, the WBI is an anonymous, web-based self-assessment tool that provides instant feedback related to one’s well-being, and identifies helpful local and national resources to address any issues. Over the next month, you will receive emails that provide additional details on how to participate. Thank you to Dr. Paula Trief and members of the Well-Being Task Force for bringing us this resource.

First Week of Classes

Students Eating Lunch!

Students enjoying lunch outside the Setnor Academic Building on the first day of classes.

The end of the first week of classes for some of our students is almost here. Before classes began, our incoming medical students participated in a jam-packed orientation session. Much of it was aimed at getting to know each other, such as a fun evening at a Syracuse Chiefs game. But one session in particular was aimed at getting to know Syracuse. Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta presented a look at the public health issues facing the city. Orientation for students in the College of Graduate Studies, Health Professions and our Master of Public Health Program begins next week.

Dairy Cows, Baked Potatoes, Fried Dough—and Upstate

Yes, it’s time again for the New York State Fair and a wonderful opportunity for Upstate Medical University to showcase the expertise, compassion and hope it provides the region. You can find Upstate in the Science and Industry Building and Upstate experts will be there every day of the fair, from Aug. 22 to Sept. 3.

Thank you for your continued support and service to Upstate and our patients and students.



Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
President, and Health System CEO
Upstate Medical University