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January 8, 2015

Day Six: Batey Verde

Day six is my favorite day, so far, in this journey. I think I needed a few days to "warm up" and by day six, I finally found my groove. I felt confident in myself and in our team. Further, interacting with the people we were serving came more naturally. I spent most of the day taking blood pressures so that I could greet patients as they entered the clinic. My Spanish had improved to the point where I could say "hello", "how are you?", "thank you" and "wait there for the doctor". I know these are phrases most people already know, but I was pretty proud of my accomplishment. There were even a...
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January 9, 2015

Day Seven: Soco and Playa Bandera Azul

Our last day in the Dominican Republic began with a now familiar routine. Everyone met in the dining hall for breakfast at 7 am and then prepared for the day. The medical team checked the contents of their bins, adding more vitamins or relabeling ziploc bags. The surgical team went over their schedule for the day and wrote down what supplies they would need. Erika Fernandez takes a photo of a mother and her sons who came for a consult. I joined the nursing students on the yellow school bus for the ride to Soco, the site of our morning clinic. Unlike the bateyes we had visited Monday through...
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January 3, 2015

Day One: Santo Domingo to La Romana

The MGH Institute/Boston Medical Center team gathered at Logan airport in Boston on Friday night for a JetBlue flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In an early example of successful collaboration, several students removed, repacked, and reweighed a suitcase so it came in just four-tenths of a pound under the 50-pound limit. When we reached the gate, we realized that we would share the flight with another team of volunteers from Massachusetts General Hospital. In this case, they were a group of two nurse practitioners, registered nurses, administrators, and friends from Lunder 10, an...
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January 7, 2015

Day Five: Batey Campinas de Lechuga

Each weekday Mertie Potter and the nurse practitioner students are visiting a different batey to support a mobile health clinic. The staff at Casa Pastoral orchestrate the intricate schedule. A yellow school bus picks up each of the three mission groups around 8 am to transport us to a work site. We carry all our supplies including medicines, lunch, and toys to give away. The line forms to enter the clinic site. Today's destination was a batey called Campinas de Lechuga, about 45 minutes drive from La Romana. The bus also carried a team of Dominican doctors, translators, a dentist, and staff...
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June 11, 2012

Third Base: Why do I care so much about Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris This is the third in a series of submissions this year concerning the Institute opportunity for a "triple play." Earlier this semester, blogs have been presented about active learning and inclusive excellence. The final home run in this series comes from Dr. Bette Ann Harris. Bette Ann (BA) has the distinctive historical role of being the Institute's very first graduate! She is now completing 35 years of affiliation with the IHP. Her history here includes leadership roles in Physical Therapy, as a Dean, and most recently Associate Provost. A common theme...
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September 8, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year and the first day of classes on September 8. This week, 242 new students arrived to begin their respective programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders ( Speech-Language Pathology ), Direct-Entry Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), post-professional Nursing (MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs), MS in Physical Therapy for international physical therapists, MS in Health Professions Education for licensed health professionals, and the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. In May and June, we welcomed...
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January 21, 2014

Interprofessional Rounds: Healing Trauma

On Thursday, January 17, 2014, second-year students in the entry-level graduate programs gathered at Bunker Hill Community College for the Interprofessional Rounds. All year in the Schwartz Center Educational Rounds, students and faculty have been exploring the theme of healing trauma. As a capstone to this discussion, we invited Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, and her team of caregivers from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to discuss the role of interprofessional practice in her recovery. Heather, pictured here with physical therapist Dara Casparian DPT '13...
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March 10, 2014

Caring for the Perpetrators of Trauma

The Schwartz Center Educational Rounds highlight the human side of clinical care by focusing on how providers can sustain their compassion. Sometimes, though, a clinician can find it difficult to muster compassion for a patient. In the rounds on February 19, 2014, two students and an alumna described situations where they had to confront the limits of their ability to care. Chris Carter, PsyD , Director of Behavior Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, moderated the discussion in which Leigh Pescatore (SON '13), Melissa Pedraza (DPT '15), and Peggy Lin (DPT '15) described cases from...
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May 28, 2012

Photos From Our South African Safari

While photographs can't fully express the beauty of the landscapes or animals we saw while on safari, here are a few small glimpses into Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. Enjoy! L to R: Martha, Patty, Ali, Aisha, Alex, Inge. Sunrise over Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. White (or "wide-lipped") rhino. Some of the 11 giraffe we were lucky enough to see at one time! Painted African Wild Dog. They are the most endangered carnivore in Africa, and we were fortunate enough to see a pack of 16. We saw many zebra during our 8+ hours in the park.
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June 18, 2013

South African Food

On Monday (6/10/13) we had our very first authentic South African dinner catered by Stephan and his staff. It was absolutely delightful! South Africans usually have a typical dish called Samp & Beans. We enjoyed this with some curried chicken, home baked bread, rice, and homemade soup. I was surprised on how much curry is used in South African food and how everyone has their own way of making Samp & Beans. One way of making it is to combine black-eyed peas and pinto beans with onion, potatoes, tomato, and curry powder where the texture becomes somewhat like a potato salad. Although...
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