Seminars & Conferences

Thursday, April 20. Public Health Grand Rounds. Heritage, voices, and health: How the Black Barbershop improves wellness
12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Joyce E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, assistant professor of epidemiology and co-founder of the Office for Community Engagement in Research at Mayo Clinic, MN.
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Friday, April 21. Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Archbold Theater, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Conference title is Creativity in the clinic: the poetry of mourning and healing. Online registration is open at CME. Select “event registration,” find creativity conference in the Activity Catalog and click Register. For more information and conference brochure contact Linette Thorp, 315-464-3104,
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Saturday, April 22. Buprenorphine waiver training for clinicians
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building, Upstate Medical University. Ross Sullivan, MD, Upstate University Hospital and Upstate New York Poison Center, and Laura Martin, DO, MyCare Syracuse Family Practice, will present the class. In response to the opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid overdose disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are encouraged to attend this training. Under current regulations, physicians are required to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Physicians can acquire this waiver by attending and completing a standardized and required eight-hour training. Upon completion, physicians will meet the requirement of DATA 2000 to be qualified to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients. NPs and PAs are required to do an additional 16 hours of training before applying for a waiver. This live activity is accredited for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. For more information and to register, visit Waiver Training.  Questions? Email Gail Banach at
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April 24, 25. HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. East Area YMCA, 200 Towne Centre Drive, Fayetteville. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Hutchings Psychiatric Center. Project AWARE is a comprehensive mental health first aid training that will discuss risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns; information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use; five-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or crisis; and available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources. Focus is on training crisis first aid skills for traumatic events, acute psychosis, overdose and withdrawal. This program will improve the mental health literacy of adults who interact with transition-aged youths (16-25 years), reduce stigma and promote early help-seeking behavior with the goal of reducing rates of suicide, substance use and homelessness. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668.
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Thursday, April 27. HealthLink seminar. Pelvic floor physical therapy for men
5 to 6 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Tania Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT; Jamie McCleary PT, DPT; and Jillian Cardinali PT, DPT, Upstate Medical University. Learn how physical therapy treatments can help manage issues related to prostate cancer and/or prostate surgery, including incontinence and pelvic pain. In collaboration with the Upstate Men to Men prostate cancer support group. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.<
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Thursday, April 27. HealthLink seminar. Tips to age well
6 to 7 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Christopher J. Norman, MSN, RN-BC, Upstate University Geriatricians, who discuss ways to age well and get advice about things to avoid in order to get the most of your golden years. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Monday, May 1. Free, public artist’s talk by photographer Earl Dotter
7 p.m. ArtRage – the Norton Putter Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse. Dotter has photographed American workers for more than 40 years. Beginning in the Appalachian coalfields in the early 1970’s and continuing to the present, he puts a human face on those who labor, often in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. In 2007, his Coal Mining series was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Co-presented by Upstate’s Occupational Health Clinical Centers in recognition of Workers’ Memorial Week. For more information, email Dorothy Wigmore,
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Tuesday, May 9. Dean’s Distinguished Researcher seminar
Noon to1 p.m. 4414A Academic Building. Seth Kalichman, PhD, is professor of psychology, University of Connecticut, director, Southeast HIV and AIDS Research and Evaluation (SHARE) Project, He will present “Forget about forgetting – going beyond individual factors in HIV treatment adherence interventions.” Kalichman dedicates his research to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and caring for those affected by the HIV epidemic. His research is focused in the southern United States and South Africa and his work has been continuously and exclusively funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992. Lunch will be provided. Presented by the Office of the Dean, College of Medicine and Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. RSVP to Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681.
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May 11, 19. Workshop. Upstate Stars: The value of recognition and appreciation
• Downtown Campus. May 11. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 11405A, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
• Community Campus. May 19. 9:30 to 11 a.m. 01244 Community Room.
Topics include benefits and impact of recognition; types of informal recognition; techniques for providing effective recognition and appreciation; recognition tools for immediate application; innovative ways to recognize employees/co-workers; and Upstate Stars website information. To register, visit Human Resources, keyword: stars, click search.
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Thursday, May 11. Hot Topics in Research lecture
4 to 5 p.m. 103 Weiskotten Hall. David C. Amberg, PhD, vice president for Research, will give an update on the initiatives of his office. Open to faculty, investigators and research staff. RSVP not required.
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Fridays, May 12, 19. Workshop. Build Excellent Skills for Teaching (BEST) program
• May 12. Part 1 & 2. 8 to 10 a.m.
• May 19, Part 3 & 4) 8 to 10 a.m.
3507 & 3508 Setnor Academic Building. The four topics include how to: create a positive learning environment; actively engage the learner; provide effective feedback; and deliver an effective presentation. Assistant professors who joined the faculty on or after July 1, 2015, are required to participate in the BEST course within the first 2 years on the faculty. The workshop is an activity of The Academy of Upstate Educators, Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. For more information, contact Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681.
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Friday, May 19. Advanced Burn Life Support Provider course
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The hands-on course is for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, EMT’s, and paramedics. The course will provide the how-to of emergency care for the burn patient through the first 24-hour critical time period. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussion. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a burn center will be provided. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment. The registration fee covers the course tuition, the ABLS Handbook and continuing education credits. The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 7 contact hours, Synergy CERP Category A, File 00017581. For fees or more information, contact Rebecca Willison, 315-464-2614. Registration deadline is May 12.
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Wednesday, May 24. Faculty Toolbox workshop
Noon to 2 p.m. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Eric J. Smith, CPA, MBA, senior vice president, Finance and Administration, Upstate Medical University, and Stuart Wright, CPA, BA, chief financial officer, Upstate University Hospital, will present “The business of academic medicine – Where are we now?” Learn about how finances affect the present and future of Upstate in this interactive session.  Open to Upstate faculty. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by May 17 to Michele Henderson, or 464-1681.
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