Seminars & Conferences

Friday, Oct. 2. Clinical update: from diabetes to diagnostics
3:15 to 7 p .m. Medical Alumni Aud., Weiskotten Hall. Presented by the College of Nursing Alumni Association. Update on current protocols and treatment plans. Three continuing education credits available. Proceeds benefit Upstate’s Nursing Alumni Association. Registration fee: $50 (students $35). Register at Nursing Alumni.
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Wednesday, Oct. 7. HealthLink seminar. Screening mammography: current topics and controversies
7 to 8 p.m. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St. Fayetteville. Ravi Adhikary, MD, director, Women’s Imaging Section, Diagnostic Division, Upstate Medical University, will cover the recommendations on when and how often to get a mammogram, and on mammography. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Friday, Oct. 9. Naomi Chernoff, MD Creativity Conference. The gift of humor; meaning caring (non)sense freedom in the healing process
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Archbold Theater, Syracuse State, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Mental health specialists and members of Central New York’s creative community will share their thoughts on how humor, when used responsibly in a clinical setting, can be a good prescription for people dealing with crisis or chaos. The public is invited to attend this conference that also serves as a forum to voice their ideas on how humor can be used in the healing process. Registration is required by Oct. 7. For more information and conference brochure contact Linette Thorp at 464-3104 or thorpl@upstate.edu.
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Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21. BEST (Building Excellent Skills for Teaching) workshops Oct. 14 (part 1 and 2); Oct. 21 (part 3 and 4)
8 to 10 a.m. 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building. Hosted by the Academy of Upstate Educators. Topics: create a positive learning environment; actively engage the learner; provide effective feedback; and deliver an effective presentation. Assistant professors who joined the Upstate faculty on or after July 1 are required to participate in the BEST course within their first two years on faculty. A light breakfast and beverages will be provided. Registration is required on or before Oct. 7. To register, contact Michele Henderson, hendermi@upstate.edu, 464-1681.
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Wednesday, Oct. 14. Fourth Annual Northeast Wilderness Medicine conference
Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Target audience: physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings. Sponsored by Upstate’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 9. Visit Wilderness to register or contact Rose More, morer@upstate.edu, 464-6197.
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Oct. 14, Nov. 12, Dec. 9.  Financial Essentials webinars
The webinars will offer information and strategies to help plan for financial future in retirement. Presented by TIAA-CREF. These webinars provide general information to be discussed with a personal tax and legal advisors to determine how it may apply to individual circumstances.
• Wednesday, Oct. 14. 10 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. Halfway there: a retirement check-up. Learn how to get retirement savings on track – and help keep them there.
• Thursday, Nov. 12. 10 to 11 a.m. Paying yourself: income options in retirement. Learn the basic rules that govern the most common types of retirement accounts and gain perspective on when to tap into different assets.
• Wednesday, Dec. 9. 10 to 11 a.m. Healthy numbers: integrating health care into your retirement plan. Learn the key ideas, trends and numbers you’ll need, as well as the real benefits – and costs – of Medicare. Note: This webinar will address health insurance costs in retirement; however eligible NYS and RF retirees enjoy very generous health insurance benefits that could significantly reduce out-of-pocket premiums.
For more information, visit NYS retirees or RF retirees. To preregister for any of the webinars, visit financial future in retirement.
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Oct. 14, 21, 28, 30; Nov. 4, 11 & 18. HealthLink seminar. Quit smoking for good and for free
Noon to 1 p.m. HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Cynthia Cary Woods, RRT, director, Upstate Smoking Cessation Program. Learn how to quit smoking for good. Receive a personalized quit plan; learn about medications, the New York State Smoker’s Quitline, stress management and relapse prevention. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register. Part of a series.
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Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9.  HealthLink classes. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Led by Genoa Wilson. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will help those with joint and/or muscle impairment improve strength, range of motion, body awareness, flexibility, endurance, and mobility. Fee and preregistration are required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Saturday, Oct. 17. American Physician Scientists Association 2015 northeast regional meeting
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ninth floor, Weiskotten Hall. Open to anyone with an interest in becoming a physician scientists. In particular, MD/PhD students, DO/PhDs, MD or DOs who are interested in research pathways or current PhD students with an interest in medical school. To register or for more information, visit meeting. Registration fees are not required.
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Monday, October 19. HealthLink seminar. If you suspect a stroke, act fast
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Michelle Vallelunga, RN, MS, CNRN, Upstate Stroke Program, will discuss the signs, symptoms, treatments and risk factors for stroke. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668.
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Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 4, 9, 16, 23. HealthLink seminar. Quit smoking for good and for free
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. See Oct. 14 description.
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Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7.  HealthLink classes. Tai Chi for Arthritis program
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. The ancient discipline of sun style tai chi consists of a series of slow, joint safe movements combined with breathing to improve strength, mobility, balance and concentration.  Fee and preregistration are required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, Oct. 22. 15th Annual Critical Care Nursing symposium. Innovations in care
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Topics include: the Ebola outbreak in Liberia: a personal experience; mechanical ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome; toxicology; examining nursing’s unique contributions to health care; and impacting outcomes by returning to the basics. Contact hours provided by the Upstate Medical University Institute for Continuing Nursing Education. For more information or to register, visit symposium.
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Thursday, Oct. 22. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds. Climate drivers of emerging infectious diseases: research advances in Ecuador
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Anna M. Stewart Ibarra, PhD, MPS, assistant professor of medicine, Latin American Research Program Director, Center for Global Health & Translational Science, Upstate Medical University. Open to those interested in public and community health and prevention. Registration is not required. Registration is not required. For information, contact Cindy Paikin, paikinc@upstate.edu.
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Friday, Oct. 23. 20th Annual Central New York Psychopharmacology and Addiction Psychiatry Update
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hutchings Psychiatric Center Auditorium, 810 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Presenters and topics: Brian Johnson, MD, director, Upstate Addiction Medicine (Intoxicated customers of the addictive drug industry: what to expect from each compound and how to intervene safely); Frank Fowler, chief of police, Syracuse Police Dept. (The correlation between drug abuse and addiction among our youth and the juvenile incarceration rate); Jeanna Marraffa, PharmD, DABAT, Upstate New York Poison Center, Department of Emergency Medicine (A glimpse into newer drugs of abuse); Thomas Schwartz, MD, vice chair, Upstate Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; (Can a general adult psychopharmacologist get patients to quit smoking and drinking); and Diane St. Fleur, MD, Upstate psychiatry resident (Adolescent development and addictive drug: abstinence/protective factors, experimentation without progression, sliding into addictive use. CME credits available. To register or for more information, contact Linette Thorp, thorpl@upstate.edu, 464-3104.
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Thursday, Oct. 29. HealthLink seminar. Understanding and relating to dementia-related behaviors
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Melinda Sobrado, associate program director, Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter. During the middle stage of dementia, a person with Alzheimer’s disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. The behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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