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Upstate Medical University (Gamma New York) Chapter News 2013
The Chapter received a 3-year, $9,000 grant from AΩA's national office for the Medical Student Service Leadership Program for their proposal “Helping Hands for Forgotten Feet (HHFF),” a program to help provide foot care for the homeless in Syracuse in partnership with the Rescue Mission. HHFF will include an annual shoe and boot drive (sorely needed in the cold Upstate winters!), foot care clinics at the Rescue Mission, and leadership workshops related to service in medicine. Read more about "Helping Hands for Forgotten Feet" here.
In January, the chapter hosted Patrick Basile, MD, Upstate Class of 2003, as Visiting AΩA Speaker. The day of his visit turned out to be the same day as the national press release about the first bilateral arm transplant on a returning U.S. veteran after an IED injury in Afghanistan. Dr. Basile was part of the surgical team who performed the surgery at Johns Hopkins University. His presentations at Upstate were about his work in plastic surgery serving U.S. veterans injured in battle. Dr. Basile was generous with his time and captivated and humbled us with his motivation, skill, creativity and commitment to service. It was a fantastic visiting professorship.
AΩA students provide the vast majority of tutoring to underclassmen in the College of Medicine, cumulatively donating over a thousand hours of tutoring every year. In addition, they deliver review and exam prep sessions for students prior to basic science exams. They co-sponsor Student Research Day along with students and faculty from the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Nursing, and Health Professions. Other chapter activities continue to include the clerkship liaison program, participation in orientation for incoming third year students, and other service and leadership projects.
On May 17, the chapter held the Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, at which 26 students, three residents, two faculty and two alumni were inducted. Dr. Mitchell Brodey offered wisdom and humor as guest speaker. Dr. George Stanley received the Voluntary Faculty Award and two chapter teaching awards were given to Drs. Moustafa Hassan and Barbara Krenzer.
Updated on June 13, 2013.
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