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July 16, 2018

Detained Children: Part IV

Interruptions in Nursing and Bonding During Early Development In this fourth contribution prepared by clinical faculty members who specialize in early development of young children, the effects of disruption and separation in infants and toddlers are discussed. Emily Zeman, OTD MS, OTR/L, Department of Occupational Therapy and Lesley Maxwell, MS, CCC-SLP, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Regarding the news of infants being torn away from their nursing mothers, and family separation in general: An infant's development is dependent on the information they obtain from the...
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July 16, 2018

Detained Children: Part V

This is part five in a series of blog contributions from faculty members at MGH Institute of Health Professions. These submissions focus on physical and psychological effects of confinement, and also the effect of separation on parents. Thanks to Drs. Keysor and Goodman. Detainment. Separation. Neglect Abuse. Confinement. Cages. Julie Keysor, PhD Chair, Department of Physical Therapy None of these words are okay when it comes to people, and are even more deplorable when applied to children in the context of the recent U.S. policies about immigration. To see and hear the cries of detained...
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August 16, 2010

Primary Care and The Future

We will be talking more about this issue this year, but I thought this was an article that highlighted many of the issues from a variety of perspectives. Your thoughts?
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October 25, 2011

Joan Blue, A Great Teacher

If you attended last night's scholarship gala in the beautiful atrium of the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, you know the meaning of the word beautiful. The setting was spectacular. Colorful decorations. Wonderful friends of the Institute gathered to support us. The Degas exhibit. Great words from people who care deeply about what we do every day. Smart, remarkable students being recognized. A thought provoking video that will go viral in the next 24 hours. Faculty and staff everywhere (and all looking handsome and beautiful). It was remarkable. What a celebration of the Institute...
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January 27, 2016

To Watch Us Dance is to Hear Our Hearts Speak

This column, written by 2014 Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate Dan Kelleher, originally was published in the November 19, 2015 issue of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Caring Headlines. Kelleher is a staff physical therapist at the hospital. My name is Dan Kelleher , and I am a staff physical therapist. Mrs. R was an 82-year-old woman who was admitted to the Ellison 11 Cardiac Unit for a work-up on her mitral valve. The hope was that she’d be a candidate for mitral-valve-replacement surgery or the less invasive mitral-clip insertion to help manage her symptoms. Six months prior to being...
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April 1, 2013

Thoughts on my visit to Partners in Health (PIH) in Haiti

I am happy to share this information from our former Associate Provost, Bette Ann Harris, who recently spent a week in Haiti with colleagues from Partners in Health. Her comments highlight the wonderful work being done, as well as the opportunity to provide important services and support to those most deserving of our attention! Thanks to BA for these wonderful comments and pictures! A. Johnson, Provost. Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris The view at Mirebelais Hospital - note the beautiful medallions depicting life in Haiti-all artwork done by local artists. (Pictured above) I recently...
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January 9, 2017

2017 Dominican Republic Mission Trip: 1/6/17 Departure from Logan Airport

1/6/17 Arrived at Logan Airport at 7:00 pm. Terminal C JetBlue. Mertie and Fred Potter and Sarah Smoller were quickly spotted. Our group began to gather. There are 20 of us total. We found a scale and weighed our bags. 50lbs max….nothing more allowed. Overweight suitcases were offloaded in search of a waiting underweight partner. Bags checked. Quick dinner for all and off to gate C34. Fred hung a small green background and took headshots of all. Quick group photo and onto the plane. Flight departed 10:05 pm, leaving frosty Beantown for heavenly humid Santo Domingo. Arrived Santo Domingo 3:15...
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April 22, 2011

Alum and Students Make Four Home Runs at the Boston Marathon

Our students (and alums) are beyond fantastic. We all know that. They are highly recruited, so smart, and destined to be leaders. Today, I want to take a moment and to recognize a few members of our community, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their participation in this year's Boston Marathon. I admire their effort so much and believe they have hit a "home run" for themselves and for the Institute. See what you think: Home Run Number 1: First off, CSD 2007 alum, Janis Greim decided to combine her passion for running and her commitment to the IHP into a remarkable memorial...
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January 4, 2015

Day Two: The Beach and the Hospital

This is a holiday weekend in the Dominican Republic. Three Kings' Day is when children in Latin America traditionally receive gifts. Casa Pastoral is affiliated with a Baptist church around the corner. The staff members who cook the meals and organize the logistics for the mission teams come from the church membership. Sunday we met yet another group on a medical mission, this one from Saco, Maine. Tomorrow we expect a small group of nurses from Rhode Island to fill any remaining bunk beds in the dorm. With the undergraduate students from Connecticut also staying here, it feels like all of...
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January 5, 2015

Day Three: Good Samaritan Hospital

The surgical team consists of doctors, nurses and techs. Here, they gather together to discuss patient care. Collaboration at its finest! Today our team was up, dressed and ready for breakfast at 7 am. After gulping down a surprisingly delicious breakfast porridge, the surgical team (myself included) headed for Good Samaritan Hospital to greet our first patient. The day's lineup would include four patients, two males and two females. Procedures would include a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, two inguinal hernia repairs, and a lipoma excision. A painting in the OR at Good Samaritan Hospital...
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