This will be the Institute’s ninth consecutive year hosting a team to participate in the historic international running event, which will be held this year on Monday, April 15, 2019.
About Team IHP
Every year, MGH Institute of Health Professions recruits runners who have a passion for running as well as for the work being done at the Institute. Our runners work diligently to accomplish their training and fundraising goals. They are asked to raise a minimum of $5,000 each, which benefits a program or fund of their choice. This year, our runners will be supporting the Scholarship/Financial Aid Fund, and the Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Since 2011, Team IHP and the Institute together have raised more than $130,000 for MGH Institute of Health Professions. Funds raised through the marathon program have a tremendous impact by offering scholarships/financial aid, supplementing their educational experience beyond the classroom, and providing state of the art facilities for its students.
We continue to be inspired by their dedication and commitment. Read below to learn more about our runners. You can help them cross the finish line and reach their fundraising goals by clicking on the link to their CrowdRise page.
Meet Team IHP
Tom is member of the 2018 Physician Assistant class at MGH Institute of Health Professions and will be running to support the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the Institute. Originally from Norton, MA, Tom joined the Marines after graduating high school in 2005. He did two combat deployments; one to Africa in 2006 and then to Iraq in 2008. Tom began running while in the military and completed the Marine Corps marathon in 2011 and multiple half marathons since. During the Boston Marathon in 2013, Tom was volunteering at the finish line helping injured runners move to the medical tent after the bombings. He was able to implement his medical training from his military trauma courses and help tourniquet some patients while taking them to the triage tent. It was the first time he had met a Physician Assistant working in acute care. It was one of those validating experiences where he knew that was exactly what he wanted to become. The following day Tom transitioned from a physical therapy pipeline to pursuing a degree as a PA. After graduating from the Institute, Tom works as an orthopedic surgery PA at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the sports medicine department.
Kelly is a first semester ABSN student at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is passionate about the opportunity the Institute has given her to further her education and is raising money for scholarship programs at the Institute. She believes that is it essential to give opportunities to our students who would otherwise be unable to attend. In providing these opportunities, more people from various backgrounds will have the ability to deliver quality care; as more students are able to attend the Institute, more voices will be heard, and more learning opportunities will be created for all students. Finding her love of running early, Kelly has had the privilege of sharing that love by coaching high school cross-country and track and has participated in many races of various distances. This will be her second go at Boston, and she is looking forward to better weather after last year! She is thrilled to be combining her love of running while giving back to the Institute!