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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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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 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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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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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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April 9, 2014

Caring for a High-Profile Patient

During this year's Interprofessional Rounds, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor described how the media requested an interview during her stay at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Not all the survivors wanted to share their stories so publicly, but our speaker did. So, to accommodate both the media's interest and the patient's recovery, her occupational therapist decided to tailor that day's session about the activities necessary to prepare for an interview. It's unusual for a health professional to work with patients and clients who attract attention from beyond their circle of families and...
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June 8, 2013

Attempting to Reciprocate

2013/06/07 ( South African entry of the date). One of the ways we’re attempting to thank our hosts for their kindness in allowing us to observe care in their clinics and medical units is to help them with the transfer of paper-based information on their TB register to an electronic record. This will be forwarded to the national Department of Health for TB reporting. The inability of various databases to communicate is one familiar to us in the U.S. Indeed the V.A. has this very problem in attempting to access the records of servicemen so they can be eligible for care. The catch-up effort is...
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May 30, 2011

"Links" to Memorial Day for the Institute

I have been struggling with how to put this next blog together. How does one "link" Better Speech and Hearing Month, Nursing Week, and the memories of important friends and alumni of the Institute? My mind has been flooded with some memories that fit a Memorial Day theme, that pay tribute to lost friends, and that tie nicely with the theme of honoring two of our disciplines that are "memorialized" in May! So in this blog I have chosen to focus on the memory of Dr. James Mongan, former CEO of Partners Health and MGH, and also an honorary "friend" of the Institute; on the recent loss of one of...
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April 13, 2011

"Grateful for Our Educational Resources" Week

April 10-16 is National Library Week. I was on the "T" and saw a John Grisham (one of my favorite authors) poster promoting this recognition of libraries and librarians! Grisham caught my attention, and now I hope that I catch yours! So, first off, I think it's a good idea for me to express my thanks, at this time, to our librarian, Jessica Bell and to others who create a remarkable learning foundation for the Institute . Jessica's leadership is supported by her remarkable colleagues at the Treadwell Library at MGH , led by Elizabeth Schneider . Together, all of these colleagues make an...
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February 23, 2012

Looking for the Institute's First Triple Play: Get Your Eye on the Ball!

The Boston Red Sox are in Florida for their spring training. They are making preparations for the 100 year anniversary of their home, Fenway Park. While they are focusing on this important celebration, we all know that their “eye is on the ball.” They are looking ahead to doing everything that they can to win the upcoming season. Attention to the birthday event inspires and brings attention to their story. Simultaneous attention to the coming baseball season is what it’s all about. The history, the party, and the story of what has come before inspire the next step. This history lifts up the...
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