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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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July 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Education Blog: January 2017

What Can We Achieve with Interprofessional Continuing Education “Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (ACCME, ACPE,ANCC, 2015) In April 2016, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsored a Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited Provider organizations that offer interprofessional continuing education. Twenty-eight...
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July 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: February 2017

The Impact of IMPACT Practice®: one faculty member’s reaction Question : What’s an effective way for health professions faculty to appreciate the power and importance of interprofessional education and development? Answer : Watch and contribute to an interprofessional student team’s first patient-centered interview. Facilitating and debriefing a simulated patient encounter is probably common for many health professions educators today. But when I watched my student team: nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, physical therapy, and physician assistant students, perform a...
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July 17, 2018

Continuing and Professional Development Blog: March 2017

Making Interprofessional Competency “Visible” We are having a conversation. I am a physician and you are a physical therapist, both of us clinical educators, both of us invested in actively promoting interprofessional (IP) education and understanding on behalf of IP collaborative practice. We know the competency domains for IP collaboration, we mutually share them as a vision for how we teach and work with health professions students and faculty. But, is our role-modeling of IP communication and collaboration sufficient to make IP competency “visible” to our learners? Activities: IP team-...
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