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January 15, 2014

Food of South India

A big part of the Indian lifestyle is the food! Luckily, our group of 4 students has an appreciation for how delicious South Indian food can be. As we’ve been saying, “we may not know what we’re eating, but it sure does taste good!” For the uninitiated, Indian food has very distinct, strong flavors due to the spices used: curry, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, and the list goes on. Many Hindus are vegetarians and beef is not available due to religious reasons, so the main protein sources we have found are chicken and mutton. Here is a selection of some of our meals along with...
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November 4, 2013

MGH Institute Career Services Blog

Thanks for reading! Our Career Services Blog is intended to engage in meaningful discussion around "best practices" for job searching, interviewing, writing effective résumés and cover letters, and developing a networking strategy. The blog will be what we make of it, so I encourage you to ask questions, post opinions, and participate! My promise is to provide useful, practical, and insightful advice that will help in your career journey. I will be blogging about real issues that relate to students and alumni here at MGH IHP, and everything within will be "inspired" from advisement sessions...
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September 1, 2013

Thinking About Our IMPACT: Part 1

Part 1: What is IMPACT? Founded on principles of interprofessional education and practice, the Institute is now ready to live into its next generation of education and excellence. Dr. Mary Knab is ready to launch an entirely new curriculum for entry level students in the masters programs in Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology and the doctoral and masters programs in Physical Therapy, starting in September. A team of three faculty members (Gail Gall, Chuck Jeans, Laura Plummer) have created the first course for the program to be launched next week . The new program, called "IMPACT PRACTICE" is...
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August 27, 2013


For some reason, when something is "sold out" it's value is increased dramatically. The housing market in Boston has gone a bit wild recently, because of the lack of availability of homes on the market. This has driven prices up and the competition for desirable houses, apartments, and condos is intense. It seems that limitations in access make things highly desirable. We see this in the fierce competition for admission to many of our academic programs each year. Over the past two days, many of our faculty development sessions have been "sold out." Although the competition and dollar price of...
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June 25, 2013

Aphasia Awareness

Aphasia is a communication disorder that occurs frequently after someone experiences a brain insult; the most common cause is a stroke in the left hemisphere of the brain. More specifically, the communication impairment experienced by people with aphasia includes problems in spoken language, understanding, reading and writing; while for the most part thinking remains clear. The MGH Institute of Health Professions has a long standing treatment program for people with aphasia. In honor of Aphasia Awareness Week, the staff and faculty of the Institute produced a video to educate others about...
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June 6, 2013

Stephan's Guest House

Today, I am going to talk about Stephan's Guest House, the B&B at which we are staying. When the owner, Stephan came from Germany to visit his uncle in Port Shepstone in 2004, he was amazed by the beautiful views around his uncle's property which was situated right in front of the beautiful Tweni beach and Port Shepstone Country Club. He then wanted to build a B&B Guest House right next to his uncle's house to share the beautiful scenery with others. Stephan's Guest House was opened with three guest rooms in 2005. He has continued to add more rooms and amenities for his guests. Now he...
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June 5, 2013

MDR-TB Presentation & Observations

It was a very productive day here at Merchison Hospital. In addition to other activities, time was made for rounds of interesting observations in the male and female MDR-TB wards and for observing a physician engaging in follow up appointments. We met with patients who were looking quite well and were surprisingly cooperative. I am so intrigued with the positive attitudes and courtesy South Africans all have. Endless smiles with the willingness to help makes this place remarkable. I was also given the opportunity to present my topic of MDR-TB and pregnancy to some of the enrolled nurses and...
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June 2, 2013

First visit to Murchison Hospital

It is our second day. We are still recovering from jetlag but we are very excited to visit Murchison Hospital with the Johns Hopkins team. Murchison hospital is one of the satellite clinics that provides inpatient, outpatient medical and surgical cares as well as mother & child rehabilitation services for people with MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant tuberculosis) and those with HIV positive. Murchison Hospital was established by Dr. Barton who used to ride a horse to visit patients in villages. The land was granted by the Chief and a wood and corrugated iron building was built to start...
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May 30, 2013

Arrival at Port Shepstone

Zulu scholars arriving at Port Shepstone We saw domestic cows and wild monkeys on our way to the B&B in Port Shepstone, South Africa. Zulu scholars arrived safe and sound.
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May 29, 2013

Logan Airport

We are just about to board. We are all here and ready to go on our South African adventure! Farewell, Zulu Scholars
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