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May 16, 2012

Start of Our Journey

Welcome to the blog of the 2012 Swazi Scholars! We are a team of nurse practitioner students and recent NP graduates, led by MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing Professor Inge Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN, who are embarking tomorrow for a two-week educational trip to Swaziland in Africa as part of an academic course that includes an international experience. We fly out of Boston tomorrow, joining colleagues from the Goldfarb School of Nursing and the St. Louis School of Pharmacy from St. Louis, Missouri, in Africa. This blog will chronicle our experience. We will introduce all of...
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October 20, 2011

PT Moves Us Forward

This is national Physical Therapy Month. It's a good time to think a bit about the important leadership and service role provided by this important discipline. Physical therapists have been at the heart of rehabilitation for at least the last century. Interestingly the first modern school of PT was established at Walter Reed Army Hospital following World War I. There are now over 200 Physical Therapy Schools in the USA and many more around the world. The profession of physical therapy has advanced their own educational standards from a certificate to bachelor's degree entry to master's entry...
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October 1, 2011

The "Core" of the Institute provides 19 (yes nineteen) definitions of the word "core." One of them is particularly relevant to the Institute: Definition no. 2 (noun) is " the innermost, essential, or central part of anything . Our core values were developed during last year's strategic planning process as statements about our essential and central character as a community. I try to use these values as a roadmap for myself and for the Institute. I find them to be particularly useful during times of conflict or confusion. The core values are fairly lofty and are somewhat non specific. They provide general...
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February 23, 2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: The Lost Story

Just over a month ago, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head during a mass shooting in her home city of Tucson. In this incomprehensible event, numerous others were killed or injured. The nation’s hearts have been wracked with grief for this terrible tragedy. As is always true with such events, the news media pounced on the story. The public (myself included) looked forward to learning of what happened as the story progressed. We all wanted to know that Giffords had survived. For several weeks following Gifford’s tragic shooting, the media was filled with images of heroic “...
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October 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Physical Therapy

This weekend, the Department of Physical Therapy is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of PT at the Institute. Alumni, faculty, and friends will come together for social and educational events. PT Chair (and Interim Dean of SHRS) Leslie Portney has produced a publication that reports the history of the program. Congratulations to our PT faculty, students, and alumni!This birthday celebration of PT, which coincides with National PT Month, is a reminder of the important contribution that our PT programs make to the life of the Institute. From an educational standpoint, our program is recognized...
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October 10, 2010

A Complicated Journey

I returned late last evening from a week long trip to Israel. This was the fourth "People to People" trip that I have led in the past three years. I was able to lead 30 Speech-Language Pathologists to Israel for professional exchange with each other via Continuing Education, with colleagues in universities, hospitals, and clinics in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem, and also to tour important historical and religious sites. What a trip! Exhausting and exhilarating and filled with surprises and learning! The trip was not affiliated with the Institute and was not sponsored by the Institute (just...
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September 20, 2010

Hindsight and Foresight

Last week I distributed two documents. The first, a summary of the "academic" progress of the Institute tells the story of all that you and your students and colleagues have done to make the Institute better in teaching, service, and research over the past year. The second, The Role of the IHP in Health Care Education of the Future, provided a series of questions and reflections for the faculty to consider as we engage in strategic planning over this fall term. As I thought about "Vision 2020", our strategic planning process, I found it very helpful to use the accomplishments and challenges...
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September 3, 2010

Here We Go

Welcome and Welcome Back....First of all, I am thrilled to welcome 10 new faculty members who have joined us since last spring. In my next blog, I will focus on introducing them. Representing the Department of CSD, the School of Nursing, and the Department of Physical Therapy, these outstanding individuals come to us with fantastic clinical and academic experience, wonderful aspirations, and a commitment to working with our students and faculty members. Please join me in welcoming them, including them in every way that will help them get started, and pointing them toward resources and ideas...
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July 23, 2010

A Retreat To Remember

The Institute's academic and administrative leaders have just completed their annual retreat for purposes of planning, thinking about our future, discussing emerging trends and issues. To my knowledge, almost every organization engages in similar planning and "big thinking" activities. While you will be hearing more about the future from President Bellack, I want you to know that we are looking ahead, thinking about the year 2020, considering what the profile of our school will be, and what the necessary "culture" will be to support the future. I would ask that in the coming weeks each member...
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July 2, 2010

Deans and Schools

In the coming academic year we will be giving lots of attention to our new academic organizational structure. For the first time in the Institute's History, we have two schools. We have two Deans in place. Our new Dean of Nursing and the Interim Dean of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences have been appointed and have begun to work together. A Dean's Council including the two new Deans and the Dean of Students will begin meeting with me after July 1. Our system is moving into place!Many faculty members have asked what it means to be a school. Some have asked, "what's the big deal? What is...
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