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Jan 6, 2015
Janis P. Bellack

For the second consecutive year, January has been designated as Dignity and Respect month at the Institute. As part of its role in providing leadership for assuring an inclusive and welcoming environment to all, the Institute’s Diversity Council has formally subscribed to a national Dignity and Respect Campaign, whose motto is “Making the world a better place for all to live – with all of our differences.” The campaign offers 30 daily tips, which will be included in the IHP Daily News and on video monitors throughout campus throughout the month. As the campaign notes, “Inclusion begins with a core belief that everyone deserves dignity and respect.” One of the daily tips that most resonates with me is to “Treat others the way they want to be treated,” which means we each have a responsibility to learn from others whose backgrounds, values, beliefs, religions, customs, age, color, gender,...Read more

Jan 16, 2015

My first clinical assignment during our month long stay in Manipal, India was at Kasturba Hospital. Referred to as "postings" by the College of Nursing, these short visits to floors such as the ICUs and Causalities (equivalent to our Emergency Departments) provided us with much insight to the differences between healthcare here in India and the United States. For myself, I had no idea what the hospital conditions would be like or what type of patients we would see. It was necessary to acknowledge our own privilege before analyzing the healthcare setting. Studying in Boston, we had the privilege during nursing school to train at some of the best hospitals in the world. We come from a country with many alternative adversities. India has many more people, strong beliefs and culture, alternative resources, and different presenting health conditions. All of these factors influence how their healthcare system is set up...Read more

Jan 12, 2017

Sunday 1/8/17: Nadia Carter The Dominican Republic is a mostly Christian country. Driving through the cities, there are several churches within blocks of each other, with services in Spanish as well as Haitian creole. Additionally, many walls were decorated with passages from the Bible about Jesus Cristo (Jesus Christ) and Dios (God). Given that we were here with a Christian mission, our experience was immersed with prayer and moments where we thanked God for the opportunity to be here to help. Many of the people in our group come from diverse religious/spiritual backgrounds, but were very receptive of a religious experience that varied from their own. Today, we received a double dose of spirituality (going to church in the morning and in the evening). After breakfast, we headed about an hour to Batey Brador, where we attended a church service. The church was small - it consisted of a few...Read more

Jan 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bateye Quisquella

By Muni Adebimpe

It's day two! Our amazing group rode all the way to Bayete Quisquella where we were able to service about 85 individuals. Highlights from the day included a man with a dislocated shoulder, a woman with lymphedema, a child with pneumonia, and a variety of individuals that presented with high blood pressure. All these individuals were managed and treated appropriately by the MGH-IHP nurses team alongside the medical doctors (who were Haitian and Dominican) and our very own Sara Smoller, an acute care nurse practitioner. Moreover, Krista worked with a young female who suffered from dismenorrphea and menoragia. A family health specialist was present at the clinic and was consulted for further management with birth control. The young patient quickly refused. The interpreters explained that birth control is taboo in the DR since society is heavily driven by religion and if...Read more

Jan 22, 2015

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Bylakuppe Bylakuppe

One of the great things about our trip to India is learning about different religions. We have been so lucky to visit many temples during our stay in Manipal. From visiting these temples we are able to learn a little about each religion and the history behind the temples we visit.

We were able to take a day trip to Karkala where we went to the 1000 Pillars Temple and the famous statue of Gommateshwara—both are associated with Jainism.

Jainism is an Indian religion that promotes extreme nonviolence towards all living beings. Those who practice the Jain religion follow three main principles: Ahisma (nonviolence), Anekantavada (Non-absolutism), and Aparighara (Non-possessiveness). Jains also believe that all religions are equal. Jainism religion is practiced by 6.1 million people...Read more

Feb 26, 2015
Mahoney Diane

The award winning movie Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore won a 2015 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, has won the publics’ hearts for its moving portrayal of a female professor’s struggles due to early-onset dementia.

Here at the MGH Institute, we recently experienced a riveting evening hearing Greg O’Brien, an award-winning journalist and author who is documenting his struggles with the same neurocognitive disorder in his book: On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. It was part of the theme “Dignity With Dementia” that our first-year students are focusing on throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

Having researched on the subject of dementia for years, I have noticed that a theme of struggle emerges as one reads, sees, or listens to the stories of people as they decline into the abyss of cognitive confusion.

My program of research has focused on identifying, gaining an in-depth understanding, and developing...Read more

Jan 18, 2017

 Written by Christina Palmieri.

Suddenly it was Friday, the week flew by, we had the last of the cold showers and were eager to head to Batey Guaymate. There was an unspoken sadness, our last clinic day was upon us. As we loaded the bus, a quick rain shower painted a full rainbow across Santa Rosa avenue, we were off! The ride was scenic; the road was lined with sugarcane stalks waxing and waning in the wind. The sky was blue, and the sun was beating down on the workers, the intermittent cloud cover allowing shade were not often enough. Believe it or not, the laborers had been in the fields harvesting since 3am, it was now 8.

Eventually there was a pop up village and we had arrived. The little engine that could, or our indestructible bus with the infamous turning radius, roared through the community. The bumpy dirt roads...Read more

Jun 15, 2015
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Ok, maybe it's a few more... 1. The cordiality of our hosts at Maluti Adventist College. 2. Being asked whether we slept well. 3. Being asked whether we’re warm and having our hosts find additional heaters for us.

Our precious paraffin heater Our precious paraffin heater


4. The wonderful vegetarian meals cooked for us by the Cafeteria Ladies.

The team enjoys the breakfast smorgasbord The team enjoys the breakfast smorgasbord.


5. Their kindness to us when we requested essential bathroom supplies. 6. The beautiful voices of the church choir and the churchgoers as they sang their hymns. 7. The kindness of the church attendees who shared their prayer books with us. 8. The beautiful scenery all around us.

Maluti Mountains after a storm Maluti...Read more

Aug 11, 2015
Lisa Connor

IIP 2015 group photo

International Innovation Project (IIP) is an international, multidisciplinary, intensive course. The program was initiated by Metropolitan University College (Denmark), and has been offered from 2011 in collaboration with Seton Hall University (USA), MGH Institute of Health Professions (USA), Metropolia University of Applied Science (Finland) and Metropolitan University College. There are 9 MGH Institute students participating in this year’s 5-week...Read more

Aug 17, 2015
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Hello Internet! My name is Ethan (aka Jafar, yes from the Disney movie), and I'm a physical therapy student in the 2015 International Innovation and  Entrepreneurship Program (IIP) based in Helsinki, Finland. This is my first blog post and I just want to take this time to introduce myself and tell you about my trip so far! This is my first time in Europe, so there are going to be lots of firsts and lots of mistakes, but I've really been enjoying my travels. So I was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, and I'm of Puerto Rican and German/Hungarian ancestry. My town was pretty diverse so I was exposed to peers and families from different backgrounds fairly often. I had a pretty varied group of friends and that stayed the same as I moved to Boston for school. I did a dual-degree in my undergraduate at Boston University...Read more