Category Archives: education

School’s in session and backpacks are full

Tuesday, September 2 marks the first day of school for thousands of Syracuse students who are backpack-ready, thanks to Upstate employee Mary Nelson, her Team Upstate colleagues and lots of community volunteers and donors. On August 16, volunteers handed out … Continue reading

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The question every doctor asks eventually

Upstate Neurosurgery Chairman Lawrence Chin, MD, spoke at Upstate’s annual White Coat Ceremony last fall, when medical students receive the jackets they will wear during their clinical rotations. He told of a patient who had back pain that left him … Continue reading

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‘Clear thinking requires courage’ said the late Dr. Szasz

  Legendary psychiatrist Thomas Szasz MD (1920-2012) was a professor at Upstate when the hospitals were built 50 years ago. Around that time (1961), Szasz’s “Myth of Mental Illness,” was first published. Considered to be the most influential critique of … Continue reading

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Science is Art is Science: A glimpse of research history

More than 175 years ago, the medical school faculty was conducting research to understand disease and search for cures. two years ago, Elinor Spring-Mills, PhD, was part of a group charged with studying and compiling Upstate’s long history of research … Continue reading

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A ship, a fort and the medical school meeting

Many Thursdays in 2014, we’ve posted a story about the opening of the hospitals 50 years ago. This week, however, we’re going back 70 years in honor of a Viennese chemist and his pivotal encounter with medical school professors. How … Continue reading

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Tony winner played the role of a patient at Upstate

Before she won a Tony for her role in “Beautiful: the Carole King Musical,” Jessie Mueller performed as a patient for medical students at Upstate. She was a standardized patient, like many of the drama students at Syracuse University. Amber … Continue reading

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Wanna smile? Just listen to Jim.

Need a boost? Ask retired hospital administrator James H. Abbott about his career at Upstate. “Very exciting,” he smiles. “Thoroughly enjoyable.” A Syracuse native, Jim began his career with the US Public Health Service in Staten Island and Washington, DC. … Continue reading

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Master’s trained nurses pursue doctorates on line

With 28 years and counting as an Upstate University Hospital nurse, Ray Muldoon is a lifelong learner both on the job and in school. Muldoon is a student in Upstate’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, a part-time, online doctoral program … Continue reading

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“A smile in snowy white and strength in a starched skirt”

Retired nurse Jean (Farmer) Pirozzi was happy to share 50th anniversary memorabilia with Upstate, including her 1963 nursing-school yearbook which has a seven-stanza poem describing the student nurse as, “A smile in snowy white, strength in a starched skirt…a modern … Continue reading

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Did you catch the ukelele at medical school commencement?

Five hundred and forty-six students graduated from Upstate this past Sunday — including 191 from the College of Health Professions, 158 from the College of Nursing, 24 from the College of Graduate Studies, 3 from the MD/PhD program and 170 … Continue reading

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