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Jan 2, 2015
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

Since our kickoff meeting in September, the members of the Dominican Republic mission trip have been preparing for today's departure. Mertie Potter, a faculty member in the School of Nursing, has coordinated both the academic and logistical sides of the project. Her husband, Fred, has tuned up his camera to document the trip. The seven nurse practitioner students from the MGH Institute have laid the foundations for their scholarly projects. Donald Hess and the two surgical residents at Boston Medical Center have secured supplies for the operating room. And I have...well, so far I've researched when the local baseball team plays in La Romana.

La Romana is our destination, a coastal city east of Santo Domingo. It's the country's third-largest city, but other than that fact, Wikipedia is no help. La-Romana.8 Unlike most...Read more

Jan 22, 2015

Frequent questions I've received from family, friends, and colleagues are: Where are you and what is it like? Where I am is fairly easy to answer; I am in the town of Manipal in the Udupi district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Manipal could be described as a college town dominated by Manipal University and as a suburb of the nearby city of Udupi. Manipal’s population is approximately 34,000. What it’s like here is a much harder question to answer and I won’t be able to fully answer it here. Instead I’d like to write a bit about the infrastructure of the area to help provide some context for the posts by my classmates on topics such as nutrition, culture, and health care. Housing: In the town center, multilevel concrete apartment buildings, dormitories (locally called...Read more

Jan 18, 2017

By Nadia Carter

Friday, the 13th, is usually associated with serial killers and bad luck. Fortunately, for us, we had the honor of servicing 101 patients in Las Colinas and everything went swimmingly. We set up in a small church and utilized the chairs to set up our stations: evaluations, pharmacy, dentistry, glasses, education, & clothing donations. This particular area was the closest to a batey setting, that we have seen all week, being that our previous locations were established in barrios (towns with high poverty-levels). The bus driver, amazingly got us through the narrow streets and stacks of rocks to our location (Shivani [adult & gero-track] endearingly referred to the bus as the Magic School Bus due to how spectacularly we managed to get through limited spaces). Most of the patients seen today were primarily Haitian Creole-speaking, therefore, we utilized our wonderful group of interpreters to the...Read more

Sep 29, 2010
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Over the past week we have learned of shootings and stabbings at Regis College, Boston College, and at Seton Hall University. These important institutions with strong religious and service identities are the last place one might expect to observe such violence. This morning, in the Boston Globe we see reports and commentary about the recent violence in our city that has led to the death of a young mother and her preschool child. This is so much food for thought and for thinking about safety, social issues and trauma, coping and the list goes on.

Earlier today, I had an email exchange with my good friend and colleague, Dean Brian Shulman at Seton Hall. His response to my attempted words of concern and encouragement: "We will get through this." These heroic words have been used so many times in recent years, as our educational institutions and the young people who...Read more

Nov 14, 2018
Susan
Farrell
, MD, EdM
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Finding and Filling the “GAPS” in Developing Interprofessional Faculty Teachers

Whether within our own institution, across our collaborations with other institutions, regionally or internationally, our work in fostering interprofessional (IP) faculty development routinely uncovers recurring “gaps”. These gaps are not individual or professional flaws or insurmountable challenges to IP faculty development, but relatively common themes that must be understood and addressed to create successful IP teaching teams. There is no obvious signpost to identify these themes: you must listen carefully to what new IP teachers say to access these common opportunities for development.

Examples:

  • “I value the idea of having someone from another profession run this session, but will people assume that if I let that happen that I then don’t have sufficient expertise?”
  • “What if the facilitator from that other professions doesn’t understand our common teaching goals?  Will that person simply ‘take over’ the session?”
  • “I agree with these common, IP learning
  • ...Read more
Jun 19, 2013
Ashley
Chun
Image with dog

This morning (June 12th), I had my presentation on TB/HIV drug adherence for nurses at the outpatient department. I started my presentation with questions on what the nurses think the main reasons are why patients default from the medication regimen.  The nurses shared their thoughts with genuine concern about the issues. Poverty, lack of knowledge, stigma, stopping treatment after patients feel better, medication side effects, lack of food, and belief in traditional healers were the main reasons that the nurses thought the patients do not adhere to the regimen. These factors coincide with recent studies.  I asked about how poor healthcare worker attitudes affect patients’ adherence. Most nurses agreed that it could be one of the reasons for poor adherence as well. I also raised a question about whether they have seen colleagues contract TB from the patients while taking care of...Read more

Jul 17, 2018
Susan
Farrell
, MD, EdM
Photo of Dr. Susan E. Farrell

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 days of education project work, discussion and application of principles of teaching and learning, and teaching skills practice.  More than 20 faculty from as far away as Michigan, Virginia and Washington volunteer their time, energy, thoughts and advice for this eager group of junior educators, all of whom are pursuing a career...Read more

Sep 14, 2010
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

We are off to a great start (why does it always feel like a race?) to our new academic year at the Institute. We have crossed a new enrollment threshold of 1000 students. This is largely due to unexpected growth in our part time and non degree programs, particularly the new year round opportunity for "prerequisites in the health professions." Yesterday we kicked off the year with a little early morning breakfast celebration for the faculty and staff.

This fall we welcome several new faculty colleagues to our community. New faculty members in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences-Meredith Bosley (CSD), Bonnie Halvorson-Bourgeois (CSD), Douglas Haladay (PT), Janet Kneiss (PT), and the new Associate Chair of Physical Therapy, Pamela Levangie (PT).

In the School of Nursing, new faculty members include Susan Carpenter, Theresa Evans, Amy Fuller, Susan Hamilton, Antonia Makosky, and Judith Webb. Stephen Coffey has also increased to...Read more

Mar 7, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
 
Note:  This is the first in a series of follow-up comments to last month's blog (Looking for the Institute's Triple Play: Get your Eye On the Ball).  I asked our new Director of the Prerequisites Program, Dr. Lynne Foord, to give some thoughts about Active Learning and its role at the Institute.  Read on and you will  know a bit more about active learning and its importance as one of the many dimensions for teaching and learning at the IHP!  Alex Johnson, Provost
Lynn Foord, Associate Professor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation 
Lynn Foord, Ph.D.    

Many instructors of late have begun to consider transitioning all or part of their class time to active learning . There are lots of interpretations of active learning; all value some means of putting the learner in charge of his/her learning. Unfortunately, some interpret this to mean that faculty then simply provide or...Read more

Apr 23, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

It's final! We have been notified by both the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and also the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that we are approved to grant the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences.   This is a true mark of the Institute's commitment to fulfilling the vision of our Founders and to the work of so many who have led us to this point!  Congratulations especially to Dr. Robert Hillman, Associate Provost for Research, to the Institute's Research Committee, and to the long list of faculty and staff who have worked to make this day a reality. 

So, now that we have been notified that we can award the degree, what happens? 
1.  We will begin to market and recruit for a small entering class for Fall 2012.
2. We will begin to create the schedule of courses and the plan for advising for the...Read more