Provost Blog


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

November 12, 2012

Thanks Veterans

It is that time, once again, when we honor Veterans. These people who have served our country deserve special thanks and appreciation from all of us. We are especially proud and grateful for those members of the IHP community-faculty, students, alumni, and staff who have served in the armed forces. Many of these individuals have served as health care providers in the service. Please join me in saying thanks to this special group of people!
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October 26, 2012

Fantastic Gala 2012

Last night, the Institute’s annual gala (35th birthday celebration!) was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Boston’s Innovation District, the seaport. The venue was beautiful. As always, friends of the IHP filled the room. Old friends found each other, student scholars were recognized, fantastic staff members made the evening sparkle, there was a lovely dinner. Even though much of the pattern was the same as in previous years, each gala has a unique story to share or a unique focus. For last night’s event, several unique features come to mind. First of all, the key video presentation focused on...
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October 1, 2012

In many disciplines, argument is considered to be a tool for arriving at a good decision.

In many disciplines, argument is considered to be a tool for arriving at a good decision. It may or may not be associated with anger or conflict. It does imply disagreement about a specific topic or issue. Today, at the Institute, we are engaged in a discussion that rises to the level of an argument. We are debating the pros and cons of the inclusion of a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program in our portfolio of academic offerings. Why the debate? Those who support the addition of PA Education to the offerings in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences see this as an...
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October 1, 2012

Another (Baby) Day at The Institute

Oh Baby! Friday, September 27 was another landmark day for the entry level graduate students at the Institute. The Institute’s annual Baby Day was held for the first time at our newest facility at 2 Constitution Center. Started several years ago by great leaders in the Department of Physical Therapy, Baby Day has become a true interprofessional learning adventure for many, many students. Having the new facility allows more babies and more students and faculty to participate. Baby Day involves inviting parents to bring in infants and toddlers for observation/assessment and interaction with our...
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September 14, 2012

What's Better Than a Sunny Day in Boston?

In my four years plus in Boston, I have found that one of the thing that I love is a warm, sunny day in the Navy Yard. Today was one of those days. The harbor was sparkling, but smooth as glass. The sun shone down on our school, highlighting its interesting architecture. This was just one of those days that popped. What could be better? Let me tell you.... Three hundred of our graduate students---nursing, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, even a few prereq students..... joined by lots of faculty and staff members (40 or so), spread out all over Charlestown (that's the Boston...
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August 30, 2012

Lost and Found: In memory of Lena Sorensen, PhD, RN

Lena Sorenson
Just two weeks ago, we learned that Dr. Lena Sorensen our colleague, faculty member, teacher, and friend passed away after a very brief illness. We were sad to lose this Institute leader, but relieved to know that her suffering was not lengthy and that she was with her long time partner, Alice Friedman. Expressions of disbelief, grief, and loss have been intermingled with interesting and uplifting stories of Lena’s talents, her passion for her work and her students, and her commitment to connecting patients and providers via...
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June 11, 2012

Third Base: Why do I care so much about Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris This is the third in a series of submissions this year concerning the Institute opportunity for a "triple play." Earlier this semester, blogs have been presented about active learning and inclusive excellence. The final home run in this series comes from Dr. Bette Ann Harris. Bette Ann (BA) has the distinctive historical role of being the Institute's very first graduate! She is now completing 35 years of affiliation with the IHP. Her history here includes leadership roles in Physical Therapy, as a Dean, and most recently Associate Provost. A common theme...
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April 23, 2012

Growing by One Degree....

It's final! We have been notified by both the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and also the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that we are approved to grant the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences. This is a true mark of the Institute's commitment to fulfilling the vision of our Founders and to the work of so many who have led us to this point! Congratulations especially to Dr. Robert Hillman, Associate Provost for Research, to the Institute's Research Committee, and to the long list of faculty and staff who have worked to make this day a reality. So,...
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March 28, 2012

Second Base: Diversity, Competence, Disparities

This is the second article in a series about subjects which have been on the collective minds of the Office of the Provost, the leadership and Board, and the community at large: active learning, diversity, interprofessionalism. Thanks to Dr. Lynn Foord for her contribution from last month regarding active learning. I have chosen to steal back the blog for this edition and to focus on the issue of diversity and health disparities. Alex Johnson The Institute is in need of diversity that reflects the perspectives of the communities we serve. Diverse students and faculty bring their unique and...
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March 7, 2012

First Base: Active Learning by Lynn Foord, PhD

Note : This is the first in a series of follow-up comments to last month's blog (Looking for the Institute's Triple Play: Get your Eye On the Ball). I asked our new Director of the Prerequisites Program, Dr. Lynne Foord, to give some thoughts about Active Learning and its role at the Institute. Read on and you will know a bit more about active learning and its importance as one of the many dimensions for teaching and learning at the IHP! Alex Johnson, Provost
Lynn Foord, Associate Professor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation 
Lynn Foord, Ph.D. Many instructors of late have begun to consider transitioning all or part of...
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