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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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May 8, 2013

Thinking About Nursing

It's National Nurses Week. I am not sure why there is only one week where the nursing profession is celebrated, as so many other job categories have a whole month. If it were up to me it would be National Nursing Year, celebrated 365 days a year. Recently, I experienced a week-long hospital stay after a very long surgical procedure. My stay was in our own Mass General. For me, the nursing professionals with whom I interacted and from whom I received care were transformational. I was prepared to write a blog about this personal experience and I will do that in the future. I have tried to...
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November 11, 2011

Colleagues and Veterans

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Celebrated in the United States since the 1950s, Veterans Day is "a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." These are the words of President Eisenhower who proclaimed the original declaration for Veterans Day. We are fortunate to have as colleagues several individuals who have served our country as members of the military. Five of our current faculty members and several current students are veterans. Additionally, at least two of our current students are...
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December 21, 2016

Thoughts on the relationship between developing teaching skills and patient care.

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...
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July 16, 2018

Detained Children: Part II

June 26, 2018 This is Part II of this blog, devoted to child detainees and their health issues. First, Christopher Sim, a faculty member in our Department of Physician Assistant Studies further describes some of the medical concerns for immigrant populations. The second contributor is Dr. Mary Thompson, a pediatric nurse practitioner and faculty member at the IHP. She continues with more specific information that may be useful to providers concerned with care of children who are in refugee situations. Note: In Part III we will begin to focus on some of the specific developmental concerns and...
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July 16, 2018

Detained Children: Part VI

A Statement from Key Leaders In this final contribution to this blog series, Dr. Inge Corless (Professor, School of Nursing) has shared a document that was prepared late last month by an interprofessional group of leaders to express concern over the separation of children and families. Thanks to Dr. Corless for her leadership and willingness to share. My hope is that this series of contributions adds to our collective understanding of the current situation affecting those being detained and separated. As always, feedback is welcome! Alex Johnson Statement Concerning the Incarceration of...
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January 13, 2017

From Mertie Potter and Sara Smoller, January 9th 2017

Sara and I are so proud of this team. They have been working so hard and well together. They truly are a group of servant leaders. At Bateyes Esperanza on Monday, January 9th, we had the privilege of serving 103 beautiful people. We were working alongside a Dominican dentist, Haitian/Dominican interpreters, a church team from Rhode Island, an internal medicine physician from GA who practices at the VA, a family practice physician on a grant exploring ways to help service/mission groups communicate and collaborate on work in the Dominican Republic. MGH-IHP students took on 5 United States...
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May 12, 2015

Interprofessional Education

In the May 1 issue of the New York Times it was enlightening to see a discussion of interprofessional education (IPE) highlighted in a column (unfortunately) titled “ Doctors and Nurses Not Learning Together ” by Dr. Dhruv Khullar ( a resident at Mass General). Dr. Khullar is a frequent contributor to the column and has produced several op-ed pieces on health care. In the article under discussion, the writer discusses the lack of exposure in medical school to mutual education opportunities with nurses, physician assistants, social workers, or pharmacists. He indicates that in his residency he...
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