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Jan 5, 2015
Jennifer
Bowen
Bowen

IMG_4817 The surgical team consists of doctors, nurses and techs. Here, they gather together to discuss patient care. Collaboration at its finest!

 

Today our team was up, dressed and ready for breakfast at 7 am. After gulping down a surprisingly delicious breakfast porridge, the surgical team (myself included) headed for Good Samaritan Hospital to greet our first patient. The day's lineup would include four patients, two males and two females. Procedures would include a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, two inguinal hernia repairs, and a lipoma excision.

A painting in the OR at Good Samaritan Hospital which incorporates the medical and spiritual aspects of healing. A painting in the OR at Good Samaritan Hospital which incorporates the medical and spiritual aspects of healing.

 

Though I have very little experience in the OR, I was able to...Read more

Jan 8, 2015
Jennifer
Bowen
Bowen

Day six is my favorite day, so far, in this journey. I think I needed a few days to "warm up" and by day six, I finally found my groove. I felt confident in myself and in our team. Further, interacting with the people we were serving came more naturally. I spent most of the day taking blood pressures so that I could greet patients as they entered the clinic. My Spanish had improved to the point where I could say "hello", "how are you?", "thank you" and "wait there for the doctor". I know these are phrases most people already know, but I was pretty proud of my accomplishment. There were even a few patients who spoke french, which I used to be fluent in, and I was able to communicate fairly well with these individuals. There is something to be said about language, it really does open many...Read more

Jan 9, 2015
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

Our last day in the Dominican Republic began with a now familiar routine. Everyone met in the dining hall for breakfast at 7 am and then prepared for the day. The medical team checked the contents of their bins, adding more vitamins or relabeling ziploc bags. The surgical team went over their schedule for the day and wrote down what supplies they would need.

IMG_0553-1 Erika Fernandez takes a photo of a mother and her sons who came for a consult.

 

I joined the nursing students on the yellow school bus for the ride to Soco, the site of our morning clinic. Unlike the bateyes we had visited Monday through Thursday, Soco is a more urban community, about 15 km from La Romana along the highway to the airport. Although it sits next to a modern tourist development, Soco seemed as...Read more

Jan 3, 2015
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

The MGH Institute/Boston Medical Center team gathered at Logan airport in Boston on Friday night for a JetBlue flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In an early example of successful collaboration, several students removed, repacked, and reweighed a suitcase so it came in just four-tenths of a pound under the 50-pound limit. When we reached the gate, we realized that we would share the flight with another team of volunteers from Massachusetts General Hospital. In this case, they were a group of two nurse practitioners, registered nurses, administrators, and friends from Lunder 10, an oncology unit. As soon as introductions ended, we joked about planning a reunion on the MGH shuttle when we all returned to Boston. The flight arrived after 3:00 am in the Dominican Republic, and a representative from Casa Pastoral, our home base for the week, met us at the airport. A yellow school bus drove us...Read more

Jan 7, 2015
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

Each weekday Mertie Potter and the nurse practitioner students are visiting a different batey to support a mobile health clinic. The staff at Casa Pastoral orchestrate the intricate schedule. A yellow school bus picks up each of the three mission groups around 8 am to transport us to a work site. We carry all our supplies including medicines, lunch, and toys to give away.

image The line forms to enter the clinic site.

 

Today's destination was a batey called Campinas de Lechuga, about 45 minutes drive from La Romana. The bus also carried a team of Dominican doctors, translators, a dentist, and staff. The stalks of sugarcane soared above the roof of the bus as we traveled on dirt roads cut out of the fields and crisscrossed by occasional train tracks. A health promoter connected to the hospital had alerted the...Read more

Jun 11, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris

This is the third in a series of submissions this year concerning the Institute opportunity for a "triple play."   Earlier this semester, blogs have been presented about active learning  and inclusive excellence.  The final home run in this series comes from Dr. Bette Ann Harris.  Bette Ann (BA) has the distinctive historical role of being the Institute's very first graduate!   She is now completing 35 years of affiliation with the IHP.   Her history here includes leadership roles  in Physical Therapy, as a Dean, and most recently Associate Provost.   A common theme through her leadership experience has been that of Interprofessional Education.  As the interim Director of CIPSI she has been able to fulfill this long-time passion in interdisciplinary education.   BA will retire from her post in the Provost office in two weeks. It is wonderful that...Read more

Sep 8, 2014
Janis
Bellack
, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Janis P. Bellack

Student BBQ1

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year and the first day of classes on September 8.

This week, 242 new students arrived to begin their respective programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Direct-Entry Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), post-professional Nursing (MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs), MS in Physical Therapy for international physical therapists, MS in Health Professions Education for licensed health professionals, and the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program. In May and June, we welcomed 198 new students to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, along with the first cohort of students in our entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, the first in New England. Along with...Read more

Jan 21, 2014
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

On Thursday, January 17, 2014, second-year students in the entry-level graduate programs gathered at Bunker Hill Community College for the Interprofessional Rounds. All year in the Schwartz Center Educational Rounds, students and faculty have been exploring the theme of healing trauma. As a capstone to this discussion, we invited Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, and her team of caregivers from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to discuss the role of interprofessional practice in her recovery.

Heather, pictured here with physical therapist Dara Casparian DPT '13 about to throw the first pitch at a Red Sox game, described how the health professionals at Spaulding worked together to return her to full function after receiving a prosthetic leg. The caregivers provided examples of how listening to the patient and finding out what was meaningful for her allowed them to work collectively and effectively.

After the panelists spoke, they answered questions from...Read more

Mar 10, 2014
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

The Schwartz Center Educational Rounds highlight the human side of clinical care by focusing on how providers can sustain their compassion. Sometimes, though, a clinician can find it difficult to muster compassion for a patient. In the rounds on February 19, 2014, two students and an alumna described situations where they had to confront the limits of their ability to care. Chris Carter, PsyD, Director of Behavior Medicine at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, moderated the discussion in which Leigh Pescatore (SON '13), Melissa Pedraza (DPT '15), and Peggy Lin (DPT '15) described cases from their clinical education. Melissa recounted working with patients at a VA hospital who were both victims and perpetrators of trauma. Peggy told about a patient recovering from a stroke who continued to smoke and caused other patients to miss their treatments. Leigh provided an example from her rotation in a super max prison when she...Read more

May 28, 2012
Alison
Rhodes

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!

 Martha, Patty, Ali, Aisha, Alex, Inge

L to R: Martha, Patty, Ali, Aisha, Alex, Inge.

Sunrise over Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park

Sunrise over Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park.

White rhino

White (or "wide-lipped") rhino. 

Giraffe

Some of the 11 giraffe we were lucky enough to see at one time!

Painted African Wild Dog

Painted African Wild Dog. They are the most endangered carnivore in Africa, and we were fortunate enough to see a pack of 16.

Zebra

We saw...Read more