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October 1, 2015

Traveling to Europe to begin the International Innovation Project (IIP)

It has now been a month since I left my finals behind and traveled to Europe to begin the International Innovation Project (IIP). We, my fellow IHP OT students and I, have spent times in Iceland, Estonia, and Sweden together, as well as two of us spending a long weekend in Russia. We have one more weekend of travel to Denmark coming up. I have included a photo of our traveling with this post. While the traveling has been amazing and something I will take with me long after the program ends, the main focus of our trip is the IIP, so I'll focus on that! The innovation process requires an open...
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June 4, 2013

Oribi Gorge and Braai

We were very excited to experience some of the South African culture during our first weekend here! On Saturday we took a 7km hike through the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. The gorge was carved by the Umzimkulwana River and is located about 21km inland from Port Shepstone. We encountered breathtaking views of greenery and sandstone cliffs as we hiked for two hours before reaching a waterfall. The sight of the waterfall was certainly the highlight of the excursion. After hiking, we stopped for lunch and spent some time at Leopard Rock. The view from the rock was spectacular. We were able to see...
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August 15, 2010

Chronicle Best Places to Work!

If you haven't checked out the "Great Colleges to Work For" Site in The Chronicle of Higher Education, I hope you will do so soon. The Institute made the list this year, which is no surprise to most of us who work here. The commitment to excellent education, strong academic and clinical components, the commitment to transparency and trust, and the long standing sense of community are factors that have helped to place our Institute high on the list! Now, I also think of some other reasons that I think we work in a great place. While not factors used in the Chronicle rankings, they are my...
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November 1, 2010

On Giving Thanks: Some IHP Thoughts

Almost every culture has a celebration of remembrance and gratitude. In the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving is the holiday where we spend time acknowledging those people and events that we appreciate most. In a few weeks, most of us will be spending time with friends or family (or maybe sharing time with a student or colleague who is new to Boston) and sharing in this great American holiday tradition. This year, as I celebrate Thanksgiving with my own family, I will also be remembering some aspects of the Institute community for which I am most grateful. First of all, I am so...
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November 14, 2011

Celebrating Nurse Practitioners (guest blog by Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo)

Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo (School of Nursing) has provided this contribution to the Provost Blog. Thanks to Laurie for her thoughts on Nurse Practitioners during this celebratory week! By Laurie Lauzon Clabo, Dean, School of Nursing November 13th to 19th is National Nurse Practitioner Week. Nurse Practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses with Master’s level preparation, have been making significant contributions to the health of the nation since 1965, when the role was first introduced by the pioneering Dr. Loretta Ford at the University of Colorado. Since that time, NPs have been...
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December 11, 2011

What Can I Do For You?

One of my graduate school professors suggested that during every interaction with a colleague or patient we should ask the question “what can I do for you today?” The idea behind this simple question is that it conveys genuine interest in the conversation and in the other person present during the exchange. My New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to ask that question in my interactions with faculty and students at the Institute. My expectation is that from some I will hear that all is going well. From others, I anticipate a list of concerns and problems. These comments are very helpful in...
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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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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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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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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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