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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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September 14, 2010

Off to a Great Start

We are off to a great start (why does it always feel like a race?) to our new academic year at the Institute. We have crossed a new enrollment threshold of 1000 students . This is largely due to unexpected growth in our part time and non degree programs, particularly the new year round opportunity for "prerequisites in the health professions." Yesterday we kicked off the year with a little early morning breakfast celebration for the faculty and staff. This fall we welcome several new faculty colleagues to our community. New faculty members in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences-...
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March 7, 2012

First Base: Active Learning by Lynn Foord, PhD

Note : This is the first in a series of follow-up comments to last month's blog (Looking for the Institute's Triple Play: Get your Eye On the Ball). I asked our new Director of the Prerequisites Program, Dr. Lynne Foord, to give some thoughts about Active Learning and its role at the Institute. Read on and you will know a bit more about active learning and its importance as one of the many dimensions for teaching and learning at the IHP! Alex Johnson, Provost
Lynn Foord, Associate Professor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation 
Lynn Foord, Ph.D. Many instructors of late have begun to consider transitioning all or part of...
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April 23, 2012

Growing by One Degree....

It's final! We have been notified by both the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and also the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that we are approved to grant the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences. This is a true mark of the Institute's commitment to fulfilling the vision of our Founders and to the work of so many who have led us to this point! Congratulations especially to Dr. Robert Hillman, Associate Provost for Research, to the Institute's Research Committee, and to the long list of faculty and staff who have worked to make this day a reality. So,...
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