Advancing care for a diverse society

These Rounds are an annual event in which second-year students in the entry-level graduate programs come together to hear successful examples of how clinical teams collaborate to provide patient-centered care.

Named after the MGH Institute’s fourth president (1997–2007), the lecture is intended to reinforce the school’s mission to prepare health professionals to advance care for a diverse society.

Lecture Recordings


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The 2023 Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture "Exploring the Humanity of Care for Individuals and Families with Genetic Conditions" was held virtually in January. Panelists included Sharl Azar, MD, Medical Director, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Center at Mass General Hospital; Erica Rose Long, MDiv, BCC, a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves as an interfaith spiritual care provider at Mass General Hospital; Rebecca Rojas, a GC student at IHP and her sister Vilma; and Rajan Sonik, director of research at the Institute for Health Equity at AltaMed Health Services. The panel was moderated by Gayun Chan-Smutko, MS, CGC, an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Genetic Counseling department at MGH IHP.


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The 2022 Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture "Partnerships Beyond the Clinic: Understanding How Social Determinants Impact Health and Well-Being" was held virtually on January 19. Panelists included Leah Gordon, director of diversity, MGH Patient Care Services; Cindy Diggs, community and cultural engagement manager, Office of Equity and Community Health, MGH; Nicolasa Lopez, family and community engagement director, Gardner Pilot Academy, Boston Public Schools; Sarah Coughlin, director of the Charlestown Coalition; and Sara Arman, health equity coordinator, GreenRoots.


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Rounds were held virtually on January 19. The lecture included a conversation around COVID-19 and issues of equity and access that have been revealed by COVID-19 in caring compassionately for persons and populations. Panelists include Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, director of MGH Disparities Solution Center; Joshua Merson, PA-C, Assistant Program Director of PA Studies; Debora Buonopane, RN-BSN, BWH ED nurse; Emily Thatcher, PA-C, MPAS '18; and Maggie DeForge, OTD '19, OTR/L.


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Rounds on January 15 focused on Optimizing Care for People Experiencing Homelessness. Panel discussion included Lisa, a homeless woman; Kara Bray, a senior community health worker for the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership/Beacon Health Option’s Hospital to Housing (H2H) Program; Kevin Sullivan, a physician at Boston Health Care for the Homeless; and Jennifer King, MSN ’19.


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In 2019, the theme centered around the "millions missing" - those living with the debilitating disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), which disables 1-2.5 million Americans. The topic was “Invisible Disability: Providing Compassionate Care for a Person with ME/CFS," moderated by Ronald G Tompkins, MD, ScD, Director, MGH Center for Surgery, Innovation & Bioengineering on January 15 at Northeastern University's Blackman Auditorium. Included was an excerpt of the Sundance award-winning film "Unrest", chronicling the hidden lives of patients, followed by a discussion with an MGH researcher, a healthcare provider, and patient advocates.

For more information about ME/CFS, visit the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association.


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The theme of the 2018 Rounds was "Compassionate Care for the Patient with Opioid Dependency." The speakers were: Dean Lemire, Assistant Project Director, Harbor Homes, Inc., Jason Lucey, Assistant Professor of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Sarah Mackin, Program Manager AHOPE Boston Needle Exchange, and Stephen Wright, AHOPE community health worker. Watch the video.


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The theme of the 2017 Rounds was "Caring for Our Muslim Patients." Heba Abolaban, MD, MPH, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, MD, and Robert P. Marlin, MD, PhD, MPH, presented.


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The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness presented "In Our Own Voice."


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Investigative reporter and Alzheimer's patient Greg O’Brien and members of his clinical team, family members, and Institute alumni offered a patient’s point of view of how the health professions work together to provide optimal care to a person with dementia in "The Journey of a Patient with Dementia, His Family, and Team of Clinicians."


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Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott, along with members of her team of caregivers from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, presented “Healing Trauma: Interprofessional Care of a Boston Marathon Bombing Victim.”


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Kristian Olson, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Medical Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology (CAMTech), and Brett Nelson, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, discussed "Co-Creation: Health Care Problem Solving in Low-Resource Settings."