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Missionary nursing teaches lessons in life, work

Friday, August 19th, 2016

A willingness to live in harsh or unpredictable conditions and to overcome obstacles is a necessity for a missionary nurse. Victoria Okhman, a nurse at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, tells of her experiences in Russia, dealing mostly with orphan children, where she learned to appreciate the job’s potential and accept its limitations. Okhman also tells how she applies the experience to her work at Upstate.




Students, veterans gain research experience as they study PTSD

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Students and veterans in Central New York benefit from an annual National Science Foundation summer program. Research Experiences for Undergraduates is a program that matches students with mentors from Upstate Medical University, SUNY Oswego or Syracuse University as they research trauma, specifically post-traumatic stress disorder, explains project manager Ivan Castro (at left in photo). Castro, who took part in REU as an undergrad, describes his study of how a positive upbringing relates to resilience in the face of trauma, and he notes that half of the REU students are veterans, who can contribute first-person experience with trauma. Castro’s mentor, Upstate neuroscientist Stephen Glatt, PhD (at right), tells how Castro’s work fits into his own research of how genetics and upbringing influence one’s risk of getting PTSD.



Getting to know Upstate’s new president

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Being born in a poor country, training as a pediatrician, teaching medical students and working in impoverished areas have all contributed to the background of Upstate Medical University’s new president. Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, tells of her birth in Haiti, her upbringing from age 7 in New York City and her passion for the rigors of medical research as well as the need for doctors to get real-life experience and for medical care to reach the underprivileged. She also takes a look at the future of medical education and health care.


Demand for additional training by nurses driven by many factors

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Nurses today are likely to have more training and to seek further training than their counterparts a generation ago, say Upstate’s chief nursing officer, Nancy Page, RN (pictured, right), and clinical coordinator for palliative care, Archie McEvers, NP. The nursing profession recognized that higher levels of training brought higher skill levels and better patient care, Page says. Today’s shorter hospital stays and advances in technology demand nurses with ever higher levels of education and efficiency, so the incentive for additional training will continue, McEvers adds.


What’s behind the demand for more types of health care providers

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Hugh Bonner, PhDThe demand for health care providers like physician assistants and physical therapists has grown at a brisk pace in the past 20 years, says Hugh Bonner, PhD. Bonner, who is retiring as dean of Upstate’s College of Health Professions, explains how an aging population, expanded health insurance and cost concerns will continue to drive a demand for PAs, PTs and other providers.


What goes on in a medical laboratory?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Janine Werchinski-Yates and David Latour“Every day, I learn something. That’s a gratifying part of our field,” says David Latour, who has worked as a medical technologist for more than 30 years at Upstate. He and colleague Janine Werchinski-Yates talk about changes in the field of medical technology, what it’s like to work in a medical laboratory, and the education required before one can be licensed by the state of New York. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 19 to 25.


Indigenous peoples

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Brian W Thompson, MDBrian Thompson, MD recently attended the first United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples as a representative of Upstate Medical University. The conference was held to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the basic civil rights of indigenous peoples. Thompson talks about programs at Upstate designed to attract diverse young people to careers in healthcare.

Thompson is director of obstetrics at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus and medical director of the Upstate Midwifery Program, and assistant dean for diversity at Upstate Medical University.


The American Nurse project

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Carolyn JonesAmerican Nurse CoverAward-winning photographer and filmmaker Carolyn Jones talks about The American Nurse, a project she conceived with the hope of elevating the voice of nurses through their personal stories and photographs.  She explains how the idea was conceived, and how it came to be a book and film. Read more: The American Nurse Project, Watch the trailer


Changes in perception among rural medicine students

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Carrie RoseameliaCarrie Roseamelia tells us about Upstate Medical University’s Rural Medical Education (RMED) program, and what the clinical experiences mean for medical students. She also describes a student photo research project where medical students and physician assistant students from Upstate’s College of Health Professions, captured their experiences through photos and vignettes. Roseamelia is the administrative coordinator of the RMED program at Upstate Medical University.
Read the story: Upstate study looks at interactions between rural setting and the clinical training experiences of RMED students.


Upstate’s new “Try on a White Coat” program

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Sharon HuardSharon Huard discusses Upstate’s new “Try on a White Coat” program that gives students from backgrounds under-represented in medicine a hands-on chance to learn more about health care professions. Huard is associate dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs at Upstate. Read the story: Try on a White Coat program wins funding


Should nurse practitioners be permitted to practice independently?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN Upstate’s David Duggan, MDJoyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing, and David Duggan, MD, dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University, discuss the controversial issue of allowing nurse practitioners to break free from doctors and working independently.  Read the story: Take our poll: Should NY allow nurse practitioners to break free from doctors?


Teaching Spanish to medical students

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Maria Lourdes FallaceMaria-Lourdes Fallace, MPA, teaches a medical Spanish elective to medical students, beginning in their first year. Fallace helps students become fluent with medical terms to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, a population that is increasing demographically. Some students take Medical Spanish to prepare for “away electives” in Spanish-speaking countries.  Medical Spanish elective

Read more in an article on the Medical Spanish elective PDF document from the Summer 2007 Alumni Journal.