Students Learn About Medical Fields at March of Dimes Convocation

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By Nieves J. Alvarez, communications intern

Upstate Medical University held their annual March of Dimes student convocation. Students from the Syracuse City School District got a chance to learn about the health sciences field and careers related to the field. The Convocation also provided an opportunity for them to learn more about the March of Dimes and the organization’s mission.
Upstate’s Interim President, Gregory Eastwood and Dr. Robert Silverman, chair of obstetrics welcomed the students to the convocation. Dr. Silverman shared information on the pervasive problem of prematurity.
Superintendent Sharon Contreras shared her thoughts on prematurity and acknowledged that premature babies have grown up and become students of the district.
Ricki Lewis, PhD, was the keynote speaker for the event. The speech included information about gene therapy and its connection to children. Mayor Stephanie Minor also appeared to address the students.
Additionally there was a career panel, with professionals in the health sciences field. Students asked many questions concerning their career aspirations. They also attended a college fair and were provided lunch. Corcoran HS student, Angel Carrasquillo was this year’s essay winner and was presented with a certificate.