Category Archives: health careers

News about Upstate you may have missed

Autism symposium “The message of our book,” said the co-author of a Pulitzer Prize finalist work about autism, “is that the larger community needs to change, needs to step up and not freak out over people who are different.” That’s … Continue reading

Posted in autism, community, fitness, health care, health careers, medical education, medical student, public health, sexuality, sustainability/environment, technology, women's health/gynecology

Her diagnosis leads to career

Katherine Frega was a high school junior in Westfield, N.J., in May 2010 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. She transferred her cancer care to Upstate when she became a student at Syracuse University in 2012. Frega graduated from … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, health careers, medical education, medical student, patient story, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics

A detour: Medical student learns about health care as a patient

BY AMBER SMITH Medical student Alex Paley was in his third year of medical school when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor on Jan. 18 and underwent emergency surgery. He has been in treatment since then. He would much … Continue reading

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Sharing expertise: Doctors learn stroke care from experts at Upstate

Like neurology residents throughout the United States, the doctors training in neurology at Upstate learn the National Institutes of Health “stroke scale.” This is a tool that helps health care providers measure a patient’s impairment from a stroke. In addition, … Continue reading

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Cancer patient as a child, now a cancer nurse

  BY AMBER SMITH Nellie Diez remembers being startled by her mother, whose first name she shares, as a 12-year-old in treatment for cancer. For four weeks, mother and daughter had been at a children’s hospital two hours from their home … Continue reading

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What to do with your great idea

BY AMBER SMITH Sean Ammirati believes the world has lots of problems that need to be fixed. “Part of the key to fixing those problems is getting more and more people to think entrepreneurially,” he said at a conference at … Continue reading

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Breast cancer diagnosis? Next step: surgeon consult

If a woman has an abnormal finding on a mammogram, further tests will confirm or rule out cancer. While the vast majority will turn out to be benign conditions, the first stop for a woman who has a diagnosis of … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, health care, health careers, illness, medical education, medical imaging/radiology, surgery, women's health/gynecology

Experiences with cancer point medical student toward career in immunotherapy research

BY JIM McKEEVER Ogochukwu Ezeoke is excited about advances in cancer treatment, especially the idea of using a patient’s immune system to fight disease. Many breakthrough drug approvals in the past year have been immunotherapy medications, and the first-year medical … Continue reading

Posted in cancer, drugs/medications/pharmacy, genetics, health care, health careers, medical student, research

Julia’s dream: prosthetics for a better world

BY SUSAN KEETER Julia Rogers’ dream is to design prosthetics for amputees. As a high school student in Lagos, Nigeria, Rogers saw people who faced tremendous obstacles trying to meet their basic needs. “Dad would be driving me home from … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, disability, education, health care, health careers, physical therapy/rehabilitation, public health, research, technology, volunteers

Memoir focuses on race and medicine

BY SUSAN KEETER In “Black Man in a White Coat,” Damon Tweedy, MD, uses memoir to grapple with the evidence that, in his words, “being black is bad for your health,” shorthand for the fact that many diseases are more … Continue reading

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