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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Biomedical Communications

Frequently Asked Questions


Is SUNY Downstate on Wikipedia?

Yes. Both SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Robert F Furchgott's (Downstate's Nobel Prize Winner) have a Wikipedia page.

Biomedical Communication's Photogaphy and Design continuing efforts enhance SUNY Downstate's presence on Wikipedia.

Can I get official SUNY Downstate logos for my poster or PowerPoint presentation?

Yes. Biomedical Communications has logos available for download.

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Is there a Site Map for Downstate?


The Site map is located in the top menu of Downstate's menu bar and is called the A-Z Guide.

To send your site for review so it can be added to the A-Z Guide, please contact Don Stankalis

Biomed must have lots of Macintosh experience. Is there a Downstate blog I can go to?


The Medical Library has established a blog users can access.

Go to

There are even a Mac Users Group meetings. Email Mr. Don Lemke to put yourself on the mailing list.

Art & Photo

How can I schedule a photo shoot?

Photography jobs are scheduled at least a week in advance.

Please contact Photography Department at 718.270.7562 or email

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

Are we required to fill out releases for photo usage?


It's called a Media Authorization Form. The form is available on the Institutional Advancement Policies and Forms page.

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

How can I convert my old slides or photos to digital images?

We are able to scan 35mm slides or photographs and burn them to a CD, DVD or copy to your flash drive.

The best slides to digitize are specimen or medical images, not text slides. Slides with text copy are best re-typed into the presentation application of your choice.

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

What about print production? I need a brochure for my department.


We design and produce brochures, annual reports and event posters.

Please contact our designer at 718.270.7553 or email

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

I need to create a poster for a conference. What do I do? What are your turn around times?

Poster Sessions can be made for you by our staff. Go to our Poster Sessions guidelines to get started.

Poster Session jobs are usually scheduled one to two weeks in advance.

Pre-Formatted files can often be done in less time. PowerPoint and PDF files are the most common formats accepted.

Please call the production manager at 718.270.7553 or email

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

 Are there templates for poster sessions that I can download

 Yes. Go to our poster sessions guidelines and select templates.

Does Biomed still do Institutional Business Cards?


A standard stationery format helps SUNY Downstate project an identifiable and consistent graphic image on letterhead and on business cards. The guidelines for letterhead, envelopes, business cards and memo pads are posted on the Institutional Advancement Stationary Policy Website.


Do You do video production?


We have a production studio or we can do location work.

Please contact our Video Services team at 718.270.7570 or 718.270.7573 or email

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

Is teleconferencing available?


We do satellite, point to point ISDN and IP Conferencing.

Please contact our Video Services team at 718.270.7570 or 718.270.7573 or email

Can I Have a DVD or video tape copied?


We can copy a number of tape formats and DVDs as long as it doesn't violate copyright law.

Please contact our Video Services team at 718.270.7570 or 718.270.7573 or email


How can I have my Department's website built?

Please contact our Web Developer at 718.270.7572 or email

Main department phone number 718.270.7550

How do I start a web site?

Web sites need content, and content for a web site is text as well as graphics and photographs.

The best way to start a web site is to collect and organize this content in a way that makes sense to you. You know your subject, so use that when getting ready to present it to the world in a web page.

To ask questions and get advice, contact our web developer, Aaron Cormier, at 718-270-7572 or email

I have organized my content, now what?

In order proceed with a web site, Biomedical Communications will need a requisition with an active account number. Once the paperwork is in order, a beta site will be created as a way to proof and review the site as it grows.

For questions about billing, contact our department administrator, Lila Jones, at 718-270-7550 or email

How do I make changes to my site?

If you have been set up with our editing software, you can make simple text edits yourself.

If you have no access to the site, then contact our web developer for the needed edits