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May 20, 2012

A Taste of Swaziland

Our past two days have been filled with a taste of Swaziland both literally and figuratively. As mentioned yesterday, we hiked down a mountain to see the Bushman paintings. Bushman paintings were created over 4000 years ago, preserved under the shelter of cave rocks. The stories of the paintings and their interpretations were shared with us by our guide. The guides for this tour live in the rural community surrounding the mountain and are trained by the local council to protect and share the history of the Bushman. Today we traveled through the area of Ezulwini valley. The rural area was...
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April 5, 2017

Making Interprofessional Competency “Visible”

We are having a conversation. I am a physician and you are a physical therapist, both of us clinical educators, both of us invested in actively promoting interprofessional (IP) education and understanding on behalf of IP collaborative practice. We know the competency domains for IP collaboration, we mutually share them as a vision for how we teach and work with health professions students and faculty. But, is our role-modeling of IP communication and collaboration sufficient to make IP competency “visible” to our learners? Activities: IP team-building exercises, case analyses, curriculum...
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February 28, 2017

The Impact of IMPACT Practice®: one faculty member’s reactions.

QUESTION: What’s an effective way for health professions faculty to appreciate the power and importance of interprofessional education and development? ANSWER: Watch and contribute to an interprofessional student team’s first patient-centered interview. The IMPACT Practice® curriculum, initiated in 2013 and directed by Dr. Mary Knab, is an overarching approach to incorporating the principles of interprofessional learning, setting the stage for interprofessional collaborative practice for entry-level students from across all MGH IHP programs. Teams of 4 – 5 students from multiple disciplines...
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January 30, 2017

What can we achieve with Interprofessional Continuing Education?

“Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (ACCME, ACPE,ANCC, 2015) In April, 2016, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsored a Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited Provider organizations that offer interprofessional continuing education. Twenty-eight institutions participated, sharing challenges and strategies for...
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January 18, 2017

Dominican Republic Mission Trip: El Soco-01/11/2017

By Nadia Carter Today, we served 107 patients at El Soco. Similar to the day prior, we set up in a moderately large church. We utilized the pews to set up our stations: evaluations, pharmacy, dentistry, education, glasses & clothing donations. After, we had the opportunity to receive a tour of Hospital El Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan Hospital). The hospital is a public hospital and is located in La Romana Province of the Dominican Republic. The hospital was beautiful, the decor made it feel more so like a professional office building, than a hospital. The services provided ranged from...
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January 12, 2017

2017 DR Mission Trip Day 2-Preparing Supplies 1/7/2017

1/7/17 Today started with a late breakfast. Fresh pineapple and papaya were served along with bacon and cinnamon oatmeal. Everyone came into breakfast with droopy eyes and most hit up the coffee station before anything else. Afterwards though, we prepared to start our first official day! Today's goal was to sort through medical supplies that we would need for the week. The onsite supply room was stripped bare and re–organized. Numerous tables were set up to accommodate a supply line of students who divided medications up into mini zip-loc bags. Everyone worked hard and felt a strong sense of...
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November 15, 2016

Interprofessional Education

It is always stunning and almost beautiful to see experienced and passionate care providers come to know and respect each other across a professional discipline education divide. We enter these learning experiences willingly; but perhaps with some trepidation and defense of our individual professional identities. We are, after all, experienced and expert in our own uni-professional knowledge, steeped in our professional culture and beliefs about how we contribute to our patients’ interests. What’s at play in these interprofessional development experiences: perhaps pride, unconscious bias,...
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September 14, 2016

The Gang’s All Here!

It’s our first week of classes for the fall term. In May and June, the first year cohorts in the ABSN , DPT , OTD , and PA Studies programs come to the Navy Yard to begin their classes. This week, those veterans of one term were joined by the MS- Nursing and MS-SLP cohorts and the PhD students as well. The first year entry level class is now complete. Welcome to every one of you. Joining the IHP community is about making a difference for others. That is the decision you made when you committed to your health profession and now that is the hallmark of your career choice. Symbolic of that...
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