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October 17, 2013

Shout Out to PT Professionals for National Physical Therapy Month

A note from Alex: It is National Physical Therapy Month. I am interrupting the series on "The Impact of Impact" and will follow up with Part III soon. In the meantime I wanted to acknowledge National Physical Therapy Month with a shout out to our own PT program. I also am taking this moment to express some thanks for special attention I have received from the PT profession over the past year or so. I don't usually use this blog for highly personal matters, but I am violating that rule today. In any case, I hope that you will join me in saluting and thanking our PT colleagues-faculty, students...
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September 12, 2013

Apps that save you time!

As a student or professional, one thing is clear these days; you need to make your life as efficient as possible. With all this technology, comes the extra pressures of always being available to connect with friends and family, and stay up to date on topics of interest. Did you know there is a Boston mayoral election in a couple of months? You should, it is an important race and affects the Health Professions. Here are some applications, tips, and tricks to keep you organized and give you more time to enjoy the finer things in life. Applications that simplify your life. Flipboard. Have you...
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July 26, 2017

The Value of Health Professions Education

When speaking to all kinds of people about health profession education, I often get asked, "Why do people get a master's degree in health professions education?" or "Sounds very interesting but where would it lead?" I, of course, convey the passion and conviction I have for this field when answering these questions. I have also found one resource in particular to be extremely informative and helpful. It is a lot more unbiased than I am and most who read it, thank me for the reference! Anyway, it's a relatively brief analysis of "the motivation and needs of 20 educator/clinicians in multiple...
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December 22, 2014

NP students to be part of mission trip to Dominican Republic

The MGH Institute is partnering with Christian Medical Mission (CMM), Good Samaritan Hospital , and a surgical team from Boston Medical Center on a medical mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, from Jan. 2-10, 2015. The 13-member team will provide nursing, medical, and surgical care to Dominicans in the La Roman area and to Haitians working in the bateyes (sugar cane fields). This is the 3rd team of nurse practitioner students I will have the privilege of taking to the Caribbean nation. The focus of service on this trip is two-fold: The NP students will be involved with health...
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November 20, 2013

Compassionate Care

As a health-care lawyer and son of a physician, Ken Schwartz thought he understood how care delivery worked. When he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 1994, however, he unexpectedly gained a new perspective--that of a patient. He underwent CT scans, a bronchoscopy, exploratory surgery, and chemotherapy. Ken quickly realized that effective health care goes beyond knowing which tests to order or which drugs to administer. As he wrote before his death, "What matters most is that they [the care givers] have empathized with me in a way that gives me hope and makes me feel like a human...
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November 4, 2013

Alum Helps Red Sox Win

One of the reasons why the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series is due to the work of a man who never put on a uniform or faced a big league pitcher. Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT, a 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy alumnus of MGH Institute of Health Professions, became Coordinator of Sports Medicine for the 2013 season after being a consultant the prior year. His mission: to work on keeping the players on the field and off the disabled list. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com recently wrote a story on Dr. Dyrek’s special relationship with designated hitter David Ortiz, who calls him a “genius” and credits him...
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March 10, 2014

A Prognosis for mHealth

The Epocrates 2013 Mobile Trends report was published a few months ago and its results support the burgeoning notion that, in the not too distant future, mobile devices will be ubiquitous in healthcare practices around the world. It's no wonder that Epocrates predicts that 9 in 10 healthcare providers will be using smartphones by 2014. After all, smartphones and tablets make it incredibly easy to access information at the point of care and to communicate with colleagues, employees, or patients. An even more interesting conclusion gleaned from the survey of 1,063 healthcare practitioners (...
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May 27, 2015

First day at work!

Ever welcoming and refreshing with its fortified mountainous air, Lesotho has proven to be every bit as charming as one could hope for. The people we have met in the last 24 hours have been courteous and hospitable, jolly, funny, intelligent, and with character carried every bit as cooly and breezy as the rolling hills around us. We've already learned quite a bit (including the South African/Lesotho handshake; apparently that's a thing). How much they will learn from us? That has yet to be seen. This morning we awoke refreshed, ready and excited to begin our first full day at the Maluti...
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May 27, 2015

Inspiration is all around us

My Saturday started by waking up at 4:30 AM to go check my email. I was waiting for a message that needed to be answered by midnight EST (6:00 AM our time). Since my computer doesn’t connect to the available Wi-Fi in the house, I have to walk down the path and sit in front of the administration building where the router is. I was bundled up in two fleeces and a winter jacket, grabbed my headlamp and headed out into the dark. I could have been back in Boston, enjoying the beginning of the three-day Memorial weekend in the warmth of spring. Instead, I’m typing away under the stars, my hands...
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May 22, 2015

First Day!

Dumela friends & family! We wanted to write to let you know that we arrived safely and are really excited to begin our wonderful collaboration with the Maluti Adventist College here in Lesotho. Our host colleagues were waiting for us at the airport in Maseru to give us a warm welcome and have been incredibly hospitable to us. We made our first purchases when we realized that the conversion plugs that we brought with us were not ones that would work and were in need of new ones. Our friends kindly took us to Pioneer Mall, one of two shopping malls in the country, the largest one in the...
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