Voyage to Pluto
When Greg O'Brien started out as an investigative reporter, he would tell his sources they were going to "Pluto" when he wanted to have an off-the-record conversation. Now that he contends with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Greg still finds the Pluto metaphor apt. The memory loss, cognitive decline, and anger can leave him feeling as isolated as the distant planet. Greg O'Brien will share his story with Institute students at the Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture: Interprofessional Rounds on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Bunker Hill Community College.
Together with members of his clinical team, family members, and Institute alumni, he will offer a patient's point of view of how the health professions work together to provide optimal care to a person with dementia. The Interprofessional Rounds continue the theme of dementia with dignity that has woven through this year's Schwartz Center Educational Rounds. Greg is also a nonfictional counterpart to Alice Howland, the protagonist of Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice, which entering students discussed as part of a common reading program and the IMPACT Practice course. All second-year students in the entry-level graduate courses are required to attend the rounds, and all students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate. Signed copies of Greg's book, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's, will also be available for purchase. The goals of the event are to foreground the voices of patients and family members in planning care and to model successful clinical collaboration. Following the rounds, the Student Government Association will allow students to put their teamwork into practice by hosting a social event at Boston Beer Works.