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September 3, 2015

Looking Forward to the New Academic Year

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2015–2016 academic year and the first day of classes on September 14. More than 200 new students will arrive next week for orientation as they begin their respective programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Direct-Entry Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), post-professional Nursing (MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs), MS in Physical Therapy for international physical therapists, MS in Health Professions Education for licensed health professionals, and the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences...
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June 4, 2015

Winter is Coming

“Winter is coming.” Dr. Corless pronounces sweetly with her usual charming smile. Marian and I exchange glances and laugh because she evidently has no idea of the joke she just inadvertently made, which only adds another layer of humor to the statement. Winter is coming to Lesotho. Rain, wind and chill have replaced what we have come to know of the dry and arid countryside. The air smells sweet and shrived of debris, and the skyline vista from our little cottage illuminates the clouds with robust colors of pinks, purples and blues when the misty rainfall breaks and skies clear. We take...
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June 1, 2015

Border crossing

Panoramic view of the mountains. It’s hard to believe we have been here for only a week and a half, it really feels like so much longer. We have made so many new friends here and are starting to feel very settled in our new home. It has been long enough for us to appreciate how much we have learned about the warm culture of Lesotho but short enough for us to also recognize how much we have yet to learn. The exceptional hospitality we have experienced reminds me of how I was raised, in Vietnamese culture the comfort of our guests is an absolute priority. We always try our best to accommodate...
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May 31, 2015

End of Our First Week and the End of the Semester

It is now approaching a week that we have resided in Lesotho. We have been so absorbed preparing simulation materials to discuss with faculty and our presentations to the nursing students that there has been scarce time to write and update our blog. The days have already started to get shorter, and the weather colder, especially in the mornings and evenings, but we are warm and well cared for. Frequently we are asked if we have everything we need and if we are warm enough by staff members as they greet us. An extra space heater was delivered upon the mere mention of the changing weather...
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January 22, 2015

Our Week in Community Posting

Greetings from India! This past week, we were lucky enough to accompany the fourth year BSc nursing students (equivalent to our BSN) to their community “posting” (placement) in a small village outside of Manipal. The Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) has three “adopted” villages that both second and fourth year BSc nursing students rotate through for their 7 week postings. In these villages, they assess and care for a variety of patients and diagnoses. We accompanied the students for three days and were able to meet and assess many of the members of the community. Their diagnoses ranged from...
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January 22, 2015

The Face of Alzheimer's

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture featured Greg O'Brien, a patient with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and his team of family and clinicians. After describing their perspective on caring for someone with dementia, the panel answered questions from the audience of second-year graduate students. The video captures the poignant, often funny, and sometimes sorrowful conversation. Because time did not allow the moderator to pose all the student questions, I have included them here in hopes of continuing the discussion. Questions for Greg : Symptoms What was...
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January 13, 2015

Hinduism in India

Hinduism is the most common religion in India, with more than 85% of the population being Hindu. As students visiting Manipal University, we immediately noticed how Hinduism plays a large part in the every day life of the people in Manipal, Udupi. Hinduism has no single founder, scripture or common set of teachings. They do, however, worship a number of deities. Hindus believe in being reborn, which is governed by Karma, and we have noticed most villagers are very honest and respectful. One of our first days here we visited Sri Krishna temple, which is a very famous temple in this region of...
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January 13, 2015

IHP NP Students' Immersion in India

Third year NP students from the Institute arrived in India to embark on an experience of a lifetime. They hit the ground running with a packed schedule of visits to village clinics, child care and malnutrition programs, and hospital wards. While the trip over was long and tiring it seems to be well worth the effort! In addition to their clinical activities, each student is focusing on one topic that will be used as a basis for their Scholarly Project - a requirement for graduation. Their topics are framed by the UN Millennium Development Goals and encompass the pressing issues of global...
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December 8, 2014

Thoughts on Outgoing Partners HealthCare President and CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb’s Interest in the MGH Institute

As many of you are aware, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare , has decided to step down next July to become CEO of Partners in Health , a nationally recognized global health organization. For many of us, the news was a surprise, but we are grateful that Gary is not leaving the field of health care but instead has chosen to direct his passion and devote his talents to the compelling mission of Partners in Health: “to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair[for] the world’s poorest and sickest...
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November 24, 2014

Two Brigham and Women’s Hospital Global Health Interns Visit the MGH Institute

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Global Health Interns, Sarah Fortinsky and Yael Koren spent time visiting the MGH Institute, learning about research in the health professions at the Institute, including communication sciences and disorders, nursing, and physical therapy. They also interviewed faculty members who are involved in global health teaching, clinical practice, and research. Along with their mentor, Dr. Patrice Nicholas who is professor at the MGH Institute and also serves as director of Global Health and Academic Partnerships at BWH, Ms. Fortinsky and Ms. Koren visited the...
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