Provost Blog


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

August 27, 2013


For some reason, when something is "sold out" it's value is increased dramatically. The housing market in Boston has gone a bit wild recently, because of the lack of availability of homes on the market. This has driven prices up and the competition for desirable houses, apartments, and condos is intense. It seems that limitations in access make things highly desirable. We see this in the fierce competition for admission to many of our academic programs each year. Over the past two days, many of our faculty development sessions have been "sold out." Although the competition and dollar price of...
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June 25, 2013

Aphasia Awareness

Aphasia is a communication disorder that occurs frequently after someone experiences a brain insult; the most common cause is a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain. More specifically, the communication impairment experienced by people with aphasia includes problems in spoken language, understanding, reading and writing; while for the most part thinking remains clear. The MGH Institute of Health Professions has a long standing treatment program for people with aphasia. In honor of Aphasia Awareness Week, the staff and faculty of the Institute produced a video to educate others about...
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June 5, 2013

May WAS Better Hearing and Speech Month

If you read the “IHP News” you know that in May each year, associations and professionals and patients that care about speech and hearing celebrate these functions. I have procrastinated on a well-intentioned blog about May being “Better Hearing and Speech Month. I have lots of excuses: 1. I already wrote a blog about Nurses Week earlier in the month. 2. Since I recently have experienced my first personal experience with speech and hearing problems, it’s just too hard to talk about in a blog. 3. !Having spent the last 30+ years focused on this particular set of conditions, there is just too...
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May 8, 2013

Thinking About Nursing

It's National Nurses Week. I am not sure why there is only one week where the nursing profession is celebrated, as so many other job categories have a whole month. If it were up to me it would be National Nursing Year, celebrated 365 days a year. Recently, I experienced a week-long hospital stay after a very long surgical procedure. My stay was in our own Mass General. For me, the nursing professionals with whom I interacted and from whom I received care were transformational. I was prepared to write a blog about this personal experience and I will do that in the future. I have tried to...
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April 18, 2013

Boston Marathon , Community, and the IHP

Community is where people come together to value each other, to find their identity in being part of something bigger than themselves, working together for the common good. What a week this has been. Marathon, Exploding bombs. Dead and Injured. First responders. Uninterrupted perseverative news coverage. Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Our eyes turned to the hospitals. All of us in our community were proud and impressed by our colleagues at Mass General and the Brigham, Tufts, and Boston Medical Center. We appreciated the efforts of members of our professions who were there in the Emergency...
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April 1, 2013

Thoughts on my visit to Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti

I am happy to share this information from our former Associate Provost, Bette Ann Harris, who recently spent a week in Haiti with colleagues from Partners in Health. Her comments highlight the wonderful work being done, as well as the opportunity to provide important services and support to those most deserving of our attention! Thanks to BA for these wonderful comments and pictures! A. Johnson, Provost. Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris The view at Mirebelais Hospital - note the beautiful medallions depicting life in Haiti-all artwork done by local artists. (Pictured above) I recently...
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February 19, 2013

Thanks to Everyone

Dear Colleagues and Friends, I hope that you are off somewhere enjoying this long weekend as a respite from your busy and important work. It is Sunday afternoon and it's a snowy blowy day around the harbor. As many who read this will know, I am home recovering from surgery and so I am taking time to express some appreciation. I will write more about all of this in the future. My personal gratitude for your many expressions of connection/concern/and affection is intense. I enjoy (love!) hearing what is going on at School, with our students and Faculty, and of course, with you. Heather and...
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January 1, 2013

Students Front and Center: 2013

In a few days, we will be back at our desks. We will all begin planning for a new semester and a new calendar year of 2013 (Happy New Year). New ABSN students will be arriving Jan 9 for their orientation and classes will resume on January 14. And so begins a new year. What will 2013 be like for the IHP? There will be lots of activity, as always. Faculty Development Week, the Interdisciplinary Lecture at Hynes Auditorium, planning new research and laboratory space in building 79-96, a visiting professor for the Baugh series, and the list goes on. I hope that as you think about 2013, you will...
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December 19, 2012

26 Random....

For the past several days, I have struggled with the horrible events of last Friday, December 14, 2012. A shooter entered an elementary school and shot 6 teachers and 20 first graders. As a parent and grandparent, as a professional, and as someone who hates guns, this one has been hard for me. The images, indelibly imprinted in my psyche, are terrifying and sad. The media has conjectured extensively about the increased possibility of gun control legislation, as well as the flaws and possibilities of the mental health system. They have also revealed a new debate as to whether principals and...
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December 3, 2012

Cutting Edge Interprofessional Education

Last Friday I had the opportunity to spend time with several students, clinical faculty members, and preceptors at the Mass General on Ellison 8. There, each week, an interprofessional group (Nursing, DPT, CSD) students spend time together caring for patients, learning about the work of each of our disciplines, experiencing day long observation of the top notch professional acute care at the MGH, and then spending an hour together reflecting on what the significant learnings were that occurred on that day. I was able to see a bit of the action that occurred on the floor,but spent more time in...
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