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February 5, 2016

5 Questions (and Answers!) About Online Labs

Dr. Lynn Foord, PhD, MEd, PT Director of the Prerequisites for Health Professions Program MGH Institute of Health Professions. One of the most common questions I get from students researching prerequisite courses to prepare for graduate school in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Physical Therapy is: "I know I can take my prerequisite courses online, but can I also take my labs online?" Depending on their intended area of study, health professions students typically have to take one or more courses and labs in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology,...
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June 1, 2015

Border crossing

Panoramic view of the mountains. It’s hard to believe we have been here for only a week and a half, it really feels like so much longer. We have made so many new friends here and are starting to feel very settled in our new home. It has been long enough for us to appreciate how much we have learned about the warm culture of Lesotho but short enough for us to also recognize how much we have yet to learn. The exceptional hospitality we have experienced reminds me of how I was raised, in Vietnamese culture the comfort of our guests is an absolute priority. We always try our best to accommodate...
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February 17, 2015

Ayurveda - "the oldest science available in the earth"

As part of our rotations, or "postings," as they're called at Manipal University, we had the opportunity to observe treatments in the Department of Ayurveda at Kasturba Medical Center. Ayurveda, an ancient and traditional Indian medicine, is used with one basic intention-- the prevention of illness. The word "Ayurveda" translates directly to "life science," and has been the primary medical practice of many Indians for thousands of years. Currently, approximately 65-70% of India's population (particularly those from rural areas) rely on Ayurveda for their primary health care needs, as it is...
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January 22, 2015

Our Week in Community Posting

Greetings from India! This past week, we were lucky enough to accompany the fourth year BSc nursing students (equivalent to our BSN) to their community “posting” (placement) in a small village outside of Manipal. The Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) has three “adopted” villages that both second and fourth year BSc nursing students rotate through for their 7 week postings. In these villages, they assess and care for a variety of patients and diagnoses. We accompanied the students for three days and were able to meet and assess many of the members of the community. Their diagnoses ranged from...
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March 10, 2014

Caring for the Perpetrators of Trauma

The Schwartz Center Educational Rounds highlight the human side of clinical care by focusing on how providers can sustain their compassion. Sometimes, though, a clinician can find it difficult to muster compassion for a patient. In the rounds on February 19, 2014, two students and an alumna described situations where they had to confront the limits of their ability to care. Chris Carter, PsyD , Director of Behavior Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, moderated the discussion in which Leigh Pescatore (SON '13), Melissa Pedraza (DPT '15), and Peggy Lin (DPT '15) described cases from...
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January 31, 2014

Tears of Joy: Google’s “Smart” Contact Lens Glucometer

The dreaded finger stick. Every nursing student remembers performing their first one on a patient. It involves a spring-loaded sharp lancet which pricks a small hole in the patient’s finger, from which a drop of blood is drawn and tested for its blood sugar level with a handheld device. It’s a way of life for many diabetics, who may require testing their blood sugar several times a day. This means enduring thousands of finger sticks over the course of years, a cumbersome and painful reminder of this chronic disease. However, this invasive test may become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Google...
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January 14, 2014

Greetings from Manipal, India!

Welcome to our first stab at group blogging for the IHP! We are four students and one professor traveling to India on an international immersion experience. We are all 3rd year Direct Entry Nursing students; we are here with the main intention of obtaining inspiration and substance for our culminating scholarly projects before we graduate in May 2014! We are Daniel Barrios (adult/gerontology), Kristen Palleo (family), Leah Rubin (family), and Diane Hazel (pediatrics). Our professor, Elissa Ladd, PhD, RN, FNP-BC was a Fulbright scholar here at Manipal University in 2012, where she taught...
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November 25, 2013

Introduction: What is Connected Health, and Why Should We Care?

Introduction: A scenario Imagine being transported back in time, say, fifteen years ago. Pre-Facebook and Twitter. Before “google” was a verb. The era when the terms “information super highway” and “cyberspace” could be used without eliciting a nostalgic smirk. Back then, I would have never imagined a future where a thumb-sized device would reside on my belt, silently sending data about my daily physical activity and sleep habits to a mini-computer in my pocket (that also made phone calls), and compiling it into a personal graph, on the internet. I never thought that my bathroom scale in the...
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