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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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June 6, 2013

South Coast Hospice

On June 5th, half of our team went to the South Coast Hospice. The South Coast Hospice was established in 1983 and focused on a home care program for terminally ill people. Over the years, an in-patient unit has opened, the Integrated Community-based Home Care model was developed, and mental health counseling services have been introduced. On our day here, we each went out with a different Home Based Care team. The goal of the MDR-TB team is to provide MDR-TB patients with their injections. The standardized MDR-TB regimen in South Africa consists of an intensive phase (also called injectable...
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June 9, 2013

Weekend Adventures x2

Yesterday (Saturday) our group was introduced to the South African wildlife, up close and personal. We started our morning driving to Lake Eland Game Preserve, a wildlife area about an hour east of Port Shepstone, nestled in the Oribi Gorge. We happened across a group of baboons hanging out in the road even before making it to the entrance! Without hiring a guide, our group paid the 40 rand entrance fee ($4.00 US) per person to start our adventure. Dr. Corless was our fearless driver, tackling treacherous roads in search of our favorite animals. The preserve hosts a myriad of diverse wildlife...
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March 28, 2012

Second Base: Diversity, Competence, Disparities

This is the second article in a series about subjects which have been on the collective minds of the Office of the Provost, the leadership and Board, and the community at large: active learning, diversity, interprofessionalism. Thanks to Dr. Lynn Foord for her contribution from last month regarding active learning. I have chosen to steal back the blog for this edition and to focus on the issue of diversity and health disparities. Alex Johnson The Institute is in need of diversity that reflects the perspectives of the communities we serve. Diverse students and faculty bring their unique and...
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August 30, 2012

Lost and Found: In memory of Lena Sorensen, PhD, RN

Lena Sorenson
Just two weeks ago, we learned that Dr. Lena Sorensen our colleague, faculty member, teacher, and friend passed away after a very brief illness. We were sad to lose this Institute leader, but relieved to know that her suffering was not lengthy and that she was with her long time partner, Alice Friedman. Expressions of disbelief, grief, and loss have been intermingled with interesting and uplifting stories of Lena’s talents, her passion for her work and her students, and her commitment to connecting patients and providers via...
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April 18, 2013

Boston Marathon , Community, and the IHP

Community is where people come together to value each other, to find their identity in being part of something bigger than themselves, working together for the common good. What a week this has been. Marathon, Exploding bombs. Dead and Injured. First responders. Uninterrupted perseverative news coverage. Anger. Sadness. Confusion. Our eyes turned to the hospitals. All of us in our community were proud and impressed by our colleagues at Mass General and the Brigham, Tufts, and Boston Medical Center. We appreciated the efforts of members of our professions who were there in the Emergency...
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March 13, 2011

Amazing Students with Amazing Stories

Meet some friends of mine--who are some of the current roster of John Hilton Knowles Scholars. The Knowles family has established a scholarship in honor of John Hilton Knowles, who was President of Mass General Hospital when the Institute was founded. Dr. Knowles, now deceased, and his family recognized the important contribution that our students are to make, as future leaders of their various disciplines Jason, whose home is in San Antonio, Texas has worked as a furniture mover for people who were impoverished and for three years as a health promoter in inner city Boston. Fluent in Russian...
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December 19, 2012

26 Random....

For the past several days, I have struggled with the horrible events of last Friday, December 14, 2012. A shooter entered an elementary school and shot 6 teachers and 20 first graders. As a parent and grandparent, as a professional, and as someone who hates guns, this one has been hard for me. The images, indelibly imprinted in my psyche, are terrifying and sad. The media has conjectured extensively about the increased possibility of gun control legislation, as well as the flaws and possibilities of the mental health system. They have also revealed a new debate as to whether principals and...
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September 14, 2012

What's Better Than a Sunny Day in Boston?

In my four years plus in Boston, I have found that one of the thing that I love is a warm, sunny day in the Navy Yard. Today was one of those days. The harbor was sparkling, but smooth as glass. The sun shone down on our school, highlighting its interesting architecture. This was just one of those days that popped. What could be better? Let me tell you.... Three hundred of our graduate students---nursing, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, even a few prereq students..... joined by lots of faculty and staff members (40 or so), spread out all over Charlestown (that's the Boston...
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