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Oct 17, 2013
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2013 National Physical Therapy Month

A note from Alex: It is National Physical Therapy Month. I am interrupting the series on "The Impact of Impact" and will follow up with Part III soon. In the meantime I wanted to acknowledge National Physical Therapy Month with a shout out to our own PT program. I also am taking this moment to express some thanks for special attention I have received from the PT profession over the past year or so. I don't usually use this blog for highly personal matters, but I am violating that rule today. In any case, I hope that you will join me in saluting and thanking our PT colleagues-faculty, students and staff. We have a phenomenal department here at the IHP, remarkable students and alums, great PT colleagues at Mass General, SRH, and BWH who are all...Read more

Sep 12, 2013
Selena Craig profile

As a student or professional, one thing is clear these days; you need to make your life as efficient as possible. With all this technology, comes the extra pressures of always being available to connect with friends and family, and stay up to date on topics of interest. Did you know there is a Boston mayoral election in a couple of months? You should, it is an important race and affects the Health Professions. Here are some applications, tips, and tricks to keep you organized and give you more time to enjoy the finer things in life. Applications that simplify your life. Flipboard. Have you heard of this AMAZING application that aggregates all your favorite news, magazines, and social networks into a cool touch flipboard that allows you to navigate back and forth with a swipe of your finger? If you haven't, I encourage you to check it...Read more

Jul 26, 2017
Deb Navedo

When speaking to all kinds of people about health profession education, I often get asked, "Why do people get a master's degree in health professions education?" or "Sounds very interesting but where would it lead?" I, of course, convey the passion and conviction I have for this field when answering these questions. I have also found one resource in particular to be extremely informative and helpful. It is a lot more unbiased than I am and most who read it, thank me for the reference! Anyway, it's a relatively brief analysis of "the motivation and needs of 20 educator/clinicians in multiple disciplines who chose to enroll in an explicitly interprofessional master’s program in health profession education." Here is the abstract and I invite you to read and/or download the full version which is available online. Why are you here? Needs analysis of an interprofessional health-education graduate degree program   Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2014:5 83–88 (Dove Press) Christian...Read more

Dec 22, 2014
Mertie Potter profile

The MGH Institute is partnering with Christian Medical Mission (CMM), Good Samaritan Hospital, and a surgical team from Boston Medical Center on a medical mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, from Jan. 2-10, 2015. The 13-member team will provide nursing, medical, and surgical care to Dominicans in the La Roman area and to Haitians working in the bateyes (sugar cane fields). This is the 3rd team of nurse practitioner students I will have the privilege of taking to the Caribbean nation. The focus of service on this trip is two-fold:

  1. The NP students will be involved with health clinics in the bateyes, gathering information and experience they will use to create their scholarly projects; and
  2. The surgical team will provide surgeries at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

MGH Institute Associate Provost Dr. Peter Cahn also is joining the team to explore ways future trips could include...Read more

Nov 20, 2013
Peter Cahn


As a health-care lawyer and son of a physician, Ken Schwartz thought he understood how care delivery worked. When he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 1994, however, he unexpectedly gained a new perspective--that of a patient. He underwent CT scans, a bronchoscopy, exploratory surgery, and chemotherapy. Ken quickly realized that effective health care goes beyond knowing which tests to order or which drugs to administer. As he wrote before his death, "What matters most is that they [the care givers] have empathized with me in a way that gives me hope and makes me feel like a human being, not just an illness." The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, housed at Massachusetts General Hospital, honors Ken's legacy by working to improve communication between patients and health professionals. Their signature program is a series of interprofessional rounds that...Read more

Nov 4, 2013

Minnesota Twins Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park

One of the reasons why the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series is due to the work of a man who never put on a uniform or faced a big league pitcher. Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT, a 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy alumnus of MGH Institute of Health Professions, became Coordinator of Sports Medicine for the 2013 season after being a consultant the prior year. His mission: to work on keeping the players on the field and off the disabled list. Rob Bradford of recently wrote a story on Dr. Dyrek’s special relationship with designated hitter David Ortiz, who calls him a “genius” and credits him for helping the slugger recover from an Achilles tendon injury many thought...Read more

Mar 10, 2014

The Epocrates 2013 Mobile Trends report was published a few months ago and its results support the burgeoning notion that, in the not too distant future, mobile devices will be ubiquitous in healthcare practices around the world. It's no wonder that Epocrates predicts that 9 in 10 healthcare providers will be using smartphones by 2014. After all, smartphones and tablets make it incredibly easy to access information at the point of care and to communicate with colleagues, employees, or patients. An even more interesting conclusion gleaned from the survey of 1,063 healthcare practitioners (including nurse practitioners and physician assistants) was that HCPs are increasingly using more than one mobile device in a professional capacity. So it seems that mHealth (a buzzword short for mobile health, and related to connected health) is not only here to stay, but expanding rapidly and becoming a critical component...Read more

May 27, 2015
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My Saturday started by waking up at 4:30 AM to go check my email. I was waiting for a message that needed to be answered by midnight EST (6:00 AM our time). Since my computer doesn’t connect to the available Wi-Fi in the house, I have to walk down the path and sit in front of the administration building where the router is. I was bundled up in two fleeces and a winter jacket, grabbed my headlamp and headed out into the dark. I could have been back in Boston, enjoying the beginning of the three-day Memorial weekend in the warmth of spring. Instead, I’m typing away under the stars, my hands stiff with cold, listening to the birds chirping, a cow mooing in the distance and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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May 22, 2015
Rosemary Truong

Dumela friends & family!  We wanted to write to let you know that we arrived safely and are really excited to begin our wonderful collaboration with the Maluti Adventist College here in Lesotho.   Our host colleagues were waiting for us at the airport in Maseru to give us a warm welcome and have been incredibly hospitable to us.  We made our first purchases when we realized that the conversion plugs that we brought with us were not ones that would work and were in need of new ones. Our friends kindly took us to Pioneer Mall, one of two shopping malls in the country, the largest one in the capital city of Maseru, to pick up new ones before we headed out to our final destination of Mapoteng.  Our drive up was scenic rural landscape and we got to see a brief glimpse of the beautiful highlands of Lesotho. After...Read more

May 5, 2015
Inge Corless

Welcome to the Lesotho Scholars Blog site! We will be going to Lesotho on May 20th to share some ideas with our colleagues there. I know we will also learn a great deal from our colleagues about the challenges they face in providing health care and in educating their nursing students. We're very excited to be going and meeting our colleagues in Lesotho and look forward to your responses to our posts.Read more