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July 26, 2016

A Call for the IHP Community to Confront Inequality, Injustice, and Health Disparities

Those reading this column are no doubt as disturbed, dismayed, and disheartened as I am by the seemingly relentless acts of violence in our society, too many of which reflect the persistent racism and injustice that have continued to plague our country – with often devastating impact on people of color – since its founding. It is inconceivable to me that in 2016 we have not yet found ways either locally or globally to achieve a more peaceful, equitable, and just world for all. At the same time, I believe, as President Obama so eloquently noted in his remarks at the memorial for the five...
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June 1, 2016

Ending and Beginning

Everything in nature is awake with bright hues! The grass is green, the sky brilliant blues! The birds sing to us a joyful song. The nights are warm and the days are long. The warm breeze is alive with flowers’ perfume. These are the joys and delights of June! Heather Bahnmaier, 2010 On May 9th the Institute celebrated 524 students who received their degrees or certificates and were awarded their diplomas. This 36th Commencement was especially noteworthy as the first two graduates of our PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program received the highest degree awarded by the Institute. As always,...
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May 4, 2016

Congratulations Class of 2016

Dear Graduates of the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Congratulations on the attainment of your degree. While this degree “commences” your new life as a professional healthcare provider, researcher, or academic instructor it also serves as an important benchmark in your educational and clinical life. Be sure to take time to celebrate and enjoy this important transition. In addition to my congratulations, I also want to send three invitations. First, I invite you to stay connected with the MGH Institute. We need you. We need your input and feedback. Consider when you will be ready to...
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February 1, 2016

Creating a Continuously Learning Health System Through Technology: A Call to Action

MGH Institute President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF and MGH Institute Board Chair George E. Thibault, MD The following is an excerpt from an op-ed published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. In April 2015, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, for which Dr. Thibault serves as president, sponsored an invitational conference focused on exploring the promise and impact of new technologies on the future of health professions education. President Bellack served as a member of the conference planning committee and a conference participant. Although the op-ed...
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December 21, 2015

In Our Own Voice

In the cycle of commentary that follows mass shootings in the United States, calls for increased mental health services nearly always surface. It's hard to refute the need for supporting those with mental illness, and it's certainly easier than navigating the politics of gun control. Still, as the New York Times editorialized , less than five percent of gun homicides can be linked to people with diagnosed mental illness. That prominent voices in contemporary debates can associate mass violence with mental illness demonstrates how much stigma people with mental illness must endure. Unlike...
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October 22, 2015

Back to the blog...

Several years ago, I developed a blog about life at the IHP, musings about education and healthcare, and reactions to issues that I thought were important to the Institute. The blog had a good following and it did provide one more way for me to communicate with the IHP community-faculty, students, colleagues. Occasionally , the blog even developed some reaction and discussion. Time passed and my energies and attention shifted to other activities. I am recommitting to getting a post out occasionally. I will use the IHP site and will hopefully stimulate some interesting discussion and provide...
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September 30, 2015

PT Club Celebrates Physical Therapy Month in October

October is Physical Therapy Month across the nation, and could not come at a better time for the Institute. The PT Club is a student organization dedicated to the development of students into professionals who will soon enter the workforce. In addition to regional educational seminars, several national conferences for the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are held throughout the year. These events are meant to further the physical therapy field by exposing professionals to various research studies being conducted. This ensures that physical therapists are able to give their...
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September 30, 2015

A Real “View” of Nurses and Stethoscopes

Joy Behar of the TV show The View recently generated controversy when she mocked Kelly Johnson, a nurse who was Colorado’s entrant in the 2015 Miss America pageant, for giving a monologue about working with an Alzheimer’s patient. Suellen Breakey, PhD, RN, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the interim director of the Master of Science in Nursing generalist program, addressed Behar’s comments to the MGH Institute’s 93 first-year nurse practitioner students during the School’s annual White Coat ceremony on September 18. Her commentary is below. I would be remiss if I didn’t...
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September 28, 2015

Working in an International Team

My name is Nicole Anulewicz and I have just completed a five-week program in Helsinki, Finland. When I first heard about the program I was unsure if it would be suitable for me and hesitated on applying to the program. However, after some thought and consideration I had decided that I would apply to what turned out to be an amazing learning experience. The program consisted of some theory of innovation but mostly involved time working with an international team to solve a challenge posed by a community partner. The community partner in my group asked that we create a program to enhance...
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September 21, 2015

International Innovations Project 2015: A Reflection

I’m Katie, an occupational therapy student from MGH IHP. I participated in the International Innovation Project 2015 in Helsinki, Finland within an interprofessional multicultural health care team. We were American, Danish, and Finnish OT, PT, and health nutrition students who had lived in various parts of the world; each of us brought our different cultural experiences to the table. Our five-week project, through the Miina Silanpää Foundation, was to develop an innovation to improve home rehabilitation services for the elderly in Helsinki. Given the task of promoting motivation in seniors to...
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