International Innovations Project


October 1, 2015

Traveling to Europe to begin the International Innovation Project (IIP)

It has now been a month since I left my finals behind and traveled to Europe to begin the International Innovation Project (IIP). We, my fellow IHP OT students and I, have spent times in Iceland, Estonia, and Sweden together, as well as two of us spending a long weekend in Russia. We have one more weekend of travel to Denmark coming up. I have included a photo of our traveling with this post. While the traveling has been amazing and something I will take with me long after the program ends, the main focus of our trip is the IIP, so I'll focus on that! The innovation process requires an open...
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September 28, 2015

Working in an International Team

My name is Nicole Anulewicz and I have just completed a five-week program in Helsinki, Finland. When I first heard about the program I was unsure if it would be suitable for me and hesitated on applying to the program. However, after some thought and consideration I had decided that I would apply to what turned out to be an amazing learning experience. The program consisted of some theory of innovation but mostly involved time working with an international team to solve a challenge posed by a community partner. The community partner in my group asked that we create a program to enhance...
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September 23, 2015

The IIP was a 5-week program in Helsinki, Finland.

Hello, I am Adriana Escarpita an occupational therapy student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. I recently traveled abroad to Europe; I visited Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Iceland, Estonia, and Denmark. During this time I also completed the Innovation Program (IIP). The IIP was a 5-week program in Helsinki, Finland. The purpose of the program was to develop a concept that can be implemented at a particular senior living home in Finland. The site that I was assigned to requested our group’s help in unifying the different diverse groups existing at the center. Although...
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September 21, 2015

International Innovations Project 2015: A Reflection

I’m Katie, an occupational therapy student from MGH IHP. I participated in the International Innovation Project 2015 in Helsinki, Finland within an interprofessional multicultural health care team. We were American, Danish, and Finnish OT, PT, and health nutrition students who had lived in various parts of the world; each of us brought our different cultural experiences to the table. Our five-week project, through the Miina Silanpää Foundation, was to develop an innovation to improve home rehabilitation services for the elderly in Helsinki. Given the task of promoting motivation in seniors to...
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August 17, 2015

Jafar in Europe: The story so far

Hello Internet! My name is Ethan (aka Jafar, yes from the Disney movie), and I'm a physical therapy student in the 2015 International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (IIP) based in Helsinki, Finland. This is my first blog post and I just want to take this time to introduce myself and tell you about my trip so far! This is my first time in Europe, so there are going to be lots of firsts and lots of mistakes, but I've really been enjoying my travels. So I was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, and I'm of Puerto Rican and German/Hungarian ancestry. My town was pretty diverse so I...
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August 11, 2015

What is the International Innovations Project, you ask?

In ternational Innovation Project (IIP) is an international, multidisciplinary, intensive course. The program was initiated by Metropolitan University College (Denmark), and has been offered from 2011 in collaboration with Seton Hall University (USA), MGH Institute of Health Professions (USA), Metropolia University of Applied Science (Finland) and Metropolitan University College. There are 9 MGH Institute students participating in this year’s 5-week course in Helsinki – 5 Physical Therapy students and 4 Occupational Therapy students. I have the pleasure of attending for the first week and...
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