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January 18, 2017

Dominican Republic Mission Trip-Batey Guaymate-01/13/2017

Written by Christina Palmieri. Suddenly it was Friday, the week flew by, we had the last of the cold showers and were eager to head to Batey Guaymate. There was an unspoken sadness, our last clinic day was upon us. As we loaded the bus, a quick rain shower painted a full rainbow across Santa Rosa avenue, we were off! The ride was scenic; the road was lined with sugarcane stalks waxing and waning in the wind. The sky was blue, and the sun was beating down on the workers, the intermittent cloud cover allowing shade were not often enough. Believe it or not, the laborers had been in the fields...
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August 11, 2015

What is the International Innovations Project, you ask?

In ternational Innovation Project (IIP) is an international, multidisciplinary, intensive course. The program was initiated by Metropolitan University College (Denmark), and has been offered from 2011 in collaboration with Seton Hall University (USA), MGH Institute of Health Professions (USA), Metropolia University of Applied Science (Finland) and Metropolitan University College. There are 9 MGH Institute students participating in this year’s 5-week course in Helsinki – 5 Physical Therapy students and 4 Occupational Therapy students. I have the pleasure of attending for the first week and...
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August 17, 2015

Jafar in Europe: The story so far

Hello Internet! My name is Ethan (aka Jafar, yes from the Disney movie), and I'm a physical therapy student in the 2015 International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (IIP) based in Helsinki, Finland. This is my first blog post and I just want to take this time to introduce myself and tell you about my trip so far! This is my first time in Europe, so there are going to be lots of firsts and lots of mistakes, but I've really been enjoying my travels. So I was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, and I'm of Puerto Rican and German/Hungarian ancestry. My town was pretty diverse so I...
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January 2, 2015

Departure: Boston to Santo Domingo

Since our kickoff meeting in September, the members of the Dominican Republic mission trip have been preparing for today's departure. Mertie Potter , a faculty member in the School of Nursing, has coordinated both the academic and logistical sides of the project. Her husband, Fred, has tuned up his camera to document the trip. The seven nurse practitioner students from the MGH Institute have laid the foundations for their scholarly projects. Donald Hess and the two surgical residents at Boston Medical Center have secured supplies for the operating room. And I have...well, so far I've...
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January 22, 2015

Infrastructure in Manipal, Karnataka, India

Frequent questions I've received from family, friends, and colleagues are: Where are you and what is it like? Where I am is fairly easy to answer; I am in the town of Manipal in the Udupi district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Manipal could be described as a college town dominated by Manipal University and as a suburb of the nearby city of Udupi. Manipal’s population is approximately 34,000. What it’s like here is a much harder question to answer and I won’t be able to fully answer it here. Instead I’d like to write a bit about the infrastructure of the area to help provide some context...
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January 18, 2017

Dominican Republic Mission Trip-Final Beach Party 01/13/2017

By Nadia Carter Friday, the 13 th , is usually associated with serial killers and bad luck. Fortunately, for us, we had the honor of servicing 101 patients in Las Colinas and everything went swimmingly. We set up in a small church and utilized the chairs to set up our stations: evaluations, pharmacy, dentistry, glasses, education, & clothing donations. This particular area was the closest to a batey setting, that we have seen all week, being that our previous locations were established in barrios (towns with high poverty-levels). The bus driver, amazingly got us through the narrow streets...
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September 29, 2010

Violence, Concern, and The Institute

Over the past week we have learned of shootings and stabbings at Regis College, Boston College, and at Seton Hall University. These important institutions with strong religious and service identities are the last place one might expect to observe such violence. This morning, in the Boston Globe we see reports and commentary about the recent violence in our city that has led to the death of a young mother and her preschool child. This is so much food for thought and for thinking about safety, social issues and trauma, coping and the list goes on. Earlier today, I had an email exchange with my...
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November 14, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: April 2017

Finding and Filling the “GAPS” in Developing Interprofessional Faculty Teachers Whether within our own institution, across our collaborations with other institutions, regionally or internationally, our work in fostering interprofessional (IP) faculty development routinely uncovers recurring “gaps”. These gaps are not individual or professional flaws or insurmountable challenges to IP faculty development, but relatively common themes that must be understood and addressed to create successful IP teaching teams. There is no obvious signpost to identify these themes: you must listen carefully to...
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June 19, 2013

TB/HIV Drug Adherence Presentation

This morning (June 12th), I had my presentation on TB/HIV drug adherence for nurses at the outpatient department. I started my presentation with questions on what the nurses think the main reasons are why patients default from the medication regimen. The nurses shared their thoughts with genuine concern about the issues. Poverty, lack of knowledge, stigma, stopping treatment after patients feel better, medication side effects, lack of food, and belief in traditional healers were the main reasons that the nurses thought the patients do not adhere to the regimen. These factors coincide with...
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July 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: December 2016

Thoughts on the relationship between developing teaching skills and patient care How does being a great teacher translate into being a great and compassionate clinician? It can and it does! This month was the fourth successful year of the Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators course, a four-way collaborative effort sponsored by the MGH Institute of Health Professions, the Harvard Macy Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. The course drew 49 trainee scholars from over 10 institutions in the U. S. and Canada for three days of...
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