Provost Blog


A Blog Generated by Alex Johnson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

October 4, 2016

What Could Go Wrong?

350 students in Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies 40 Infants and Toddlers accompanied by eager parents and grandparents 25 faculty members from all the disciplines New space about to be renovated, but not quite ready yet... It’s the IHPs annual Infant Development Day. Now, at least a decade old, this event is one of the highlights of the annual academic fall kickoff events. Drs. Laura Plummer and Anne McCarthy-Jacobson both from the Department of Physical Therapy, along with many colleagues pull this whole thing...
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September 14, 2016

The Gang’s All Here!

It’s our first week of classes for the fall term. In May and June, the first year cohorts in the ABSN , DPT , OTD , and PA Studies programs come to the Navy Yard to begin their classes. This week, those veterans of one term were joined by the MS- Nursing and MS-SLP cohorts and the PhD students as well. The first year entry level class is now complete. Welcome to every one of you. Joining the IHP community is about making a difference for others. That is the decision you made when you committed to your health profession and now that is the hallmark of your career choice. Symbolic of that...
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May 4, 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016

Dear Graduates of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Congratulations on the attainment of your degree. While this degree “commences” your new life as a professional healthcare provider, researcher, or academic instructor it also serves as an important benchmark in your educational and clinical life. Be sure to take time to celebrate and enjoy this important transition. In addition to my congratulations, I also want to send three invitations. First, I invite you to stay connected with the MGH Institute. We need you. We need your input and feedback. Consider when you will be ready to...
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October 22, 2015

Back to the blog...

Several years ago, I developed a blog about life at the IHP, musings about education and healthcare, and reactions to issues that I thought were important to the Institute. The blog had a good following and it did provide one more way for me to communicate with the IHP community-faculty, students, colleagues. Occasionally , the blog even developed some reaction and discussion. Time passed and my energies and attention shifted to other activities. I am recommitting to getting a post out occasionally. I will use the IHP site and will hopefully stimulate some interesting discussion and provide...
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May 12, 2015

Interprofessional Education

In the May 1 issue of the New York Times it was enlightening to see a discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) highlighted in a column (unfortunately) titled “ Doctors and Nurses Not Learning Together ” by Dr. Dhruv Khullar ( a resident at Mass General). Dr. Khullar is a frequent contributor to the column and has produced several op-ed pieces on health care. In the article under discussion, the writer discusses the lack of exposure in medical school to mutual education opportunities with nurses, physician assistants, social workers, or pharmacists. He indicates that in his residency he...
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October 1, 2014

Need a Lift?

I’m not talking about plastic surgery here. I am talking about a different type of lift, a lift in spirit. One that “lifts your face” by encouraging a spontaneous smile. And one that lifts your heart because there is so much good happening around you. My first lift occurred on Friday, September 21. I had the opportunity to observe over 300 students coming together to provide community service all over the city of Boston, with support from more than 50 faculty members and staff of the IHP for the school’s third annual Community Day. The logistics for this enterprise are staggering. Kudos (is...
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April 2, 2014

For Good……

pro bo•no pu•bli•co [proh boh-noh poo-bli-koh; English proh boh-noh puhb-li-koh] Show IPA Latin. for the public good or welfare. The term “pro bono” has been used over time to refer to “free” services. Interestingly, from the Latin it means “for good”. Some interpret this to mean “free” rather than the true meaning. However, take a few minutes to talk to one of the 300 or so folks who visit the clinics each week and they will tell you that the literal meaning is the correct one in this case. Children and adults with speech, language, or reading problems and a variety of people with problems...
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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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October 1, 2013

Part II: What Impact Means To the IHP

In my last post I described the IMPACT program. Anyone who has been at the IHP for the past two semesters has certainly heard of IMPACT and what we are trying to accomplish. This interprofessional set of experiences for our students, clustered under this new logo, is providing a fresh and welcomed approach to our long time commitment to interprofessional education. For the IHP community, and the larger community, this new image and new set of activities is designed to impact all of us by imprinting within our lexicon and within our day to day teaching and learning a highly principled approach...
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September 1, 2013

Thinking About Our IMPACT: Part 1

Part 1: What is IMPACT? Founded on principles of interprofessional education and practice, the Institute is now ready to live into its next generation of education and excellence. Dr. Mary Knab is ready to launch an entirely new curriculum for entry level students in the masters programs in Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology and the doctoral and masters programs in Physical Therapy, starting in September. A team of three faculty members (Gail Gall, Chuck Jeans, Laura Plummer) have created the first course for the program to be launched next week . The new program, called "IMPACT PRACTICE" is...
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