Category Archives: education

Medical students suffer from puppy love

Two Upstate students sharing an apartment in downtown Syracuse have developed enduring – and contagious – cases of puppy love. First Tim Lentini got Freya, a golden retriever. Then he and his puppy went with roommate, Connor Policastro to choose … Continue reading

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1970s discovery makes bones ‘light up like a Christmas tree’

If you’ve read or seen the teen romance, “The Fault in Our Stars,” you remember the moment that Gus tells his girlfriend about his cancer recurrence by explaining that he had had a bone scan that “lit up like a … Continue reading

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Students gain education as volunteers, an ocean apart

Spring and summer breaks don’t necessarily mean sunny beaches for students who are training for careers in the health professions. Upstate students volunteer for additional medical experience and training at sites all over the world. “We are continually trying to build our … Continue reading

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News, happenings around Upstate Medical University

You may recall that four runners from Upstate were invited to compete in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in London this summer for the 3.5-mile championship race. They sent a group post card – a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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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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