Welcome to the Upstate Health Professions Alumni Association!

We serve over 5,300 alumni living and working coast-to-coast across the US

Mission

The mission of the Health Professions Alumni Association is to foster lifelong relationships to ensure financial support for the College and its mission to educate a continuous source of quality health care professionals.

Vision 

The Health Professions Alumni Association is the primary resource to connect, strengthen, cultivate, and nourish the College of Health Professions.

Values

Integrity   •Engagement   •Tradition   •Service   •Generosity   •Inclusion   •Mentorship   •Stewardship

 

Scholarships: The Alumni Association is an important source of funding for student scholarships, which are only possible through the loyal and generous support of alumni across the decades. In the years since its first scholarship in 1995, the association has awarded more than 550 scholarships to Upstate's Heath Professions students. 

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Thank you for considering a gift to the College of Health Professions Annual Fund.  Your gift will make a difference for the College and our students through scholarships, faculty enrichment, equipment, and other needs. 

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See our Alumni in the News!

Upstate College of Health Professions alumni make news every day, winning awards, improving their communities and changing the world for the better. Here, we present some of the highlights from our alumni in the news.

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Electronic Portfolio for Jump into Health Care 2022 now complete

See the portfolio for Jump into Health Care 2022View Electronic Portfolio Here

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – There’s a real need for healthcare workers everywhere, and a new study shows that demand is only going to grow in the next 10 years.

By 2025, there’s expected to be a shortage of more than 400,000 home aides, 29,000 nurses and hundreds of more open positions in the medical field.

Upstate Medical University is helping to shape the future of the industry. A new program is giving high school students who attend Syracuse City Schools a “jumpstart” into what organizers hope is a lengthy career in the medical field.                    

“Jump Into Health Care” is a 4.5 week intensive summer program that allows students to explore the wide range of health careers available. A grant from the Green Family Foundation, Inc. helped develop and launch the program in 2020, but then the pandemic hit, making this year’s class the first. 

Dean of Upstate Medical College of Health Professions, Katherine Beissner, PhD, PT, says the goal of the program is to take students through an engaging curriculum while exposing them to different medical careers and building their research and presentation skills.

Above: Students show excitement on the final day of the 4 1/2 week program, gathered around Stephen Feikes, MS, RT, RTT, program director for the Respiratory Therapy Program  

Watch the story featured in the news!

  

The first class of Syracuse City School District students enrolled in Upstate’s "Jump into Health Care" program pose for a portrait in the Weiskotten Hall courtyard. The monthlong program introduced the students to various health care careers and provided opportunities to strengthen their research and presentation skills. The students were supported throughout the program by College of Heath Professions’s Dean, Dr. Katherine Beissner and students from the Norton College of Medicine.

Upstate's Respiratory Therapy Program honored with credentialing success award

Story by Darryl Geddes

The Respiratory Therapy Program in the College of Health Professions has been recognized with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

To receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award, programs submit reports detailing credentialing rates and other highlights. Award honorees are required to have credentialing success rate of more than 90 percent.

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Celebrating three esteemed faculty members upon retirement

Each of these three exceptional faculty members have made extraordinary contributions to the College of Health Professions, and their respective disciplines. We hope you will consider honoring our retirees with your gift to their funds. Congratulations!

 

Joan O’Brien, MSEd, RT(T), associate professor emeritus, Radiation Therapy

Your gift will honor Joan and her commitment to preparing radiation therapy students to be the finest in their field. The fund will provide an annual scholarship to a second year Radiation Therapy student.  

Give online: Joan O'Brien Scholarship Fund

 

 

 

Susan Graham, MS, MT(ASCP), SH, associate dean and department chair, Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The Upstate Medical Technology Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarship funding to SUNY Upstate Medical University Medical Technology students.

Give online: Upstate Medical Technology Scholarship Fund

 

 

 

Linda Miller, PhD, I, MBCM(ASCP)SI, program director, Medical Biotechnology

The Upstate Medical Technology Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarship funding to SUNY Upstate Medical University Medical Technology students.

Give online: Upstate Medical Technology Scholarship Fund