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Jun 18, 2013

South African Food 1South African Food 2 On Monday (6/10/13) we had our very first authentic South African dinner catered by Stephan and his staff. It was absolutely delightful! South Africans usually have a typical dish called Samp & Beans. We enjoyed this with some curried chicken, home baked bread, rice, and homemade soup. I was surprised on how much curry is used in South African food and how everyone has their own way of making Samp & Beans. One way of making it is to combine black-eyed peas and pinto beans with onion, potatoes, tomato, and curry powder where the texture becomes somewhat like a potato salad. Although the food was great, South Africa is currently on an upward trend of obesity. On Tuesday (6/11/13), we were able to speak with a couple of dieticians...Read more

Feb 5, 2016
Lynn
Foord
PhD, MEd, PT
Lynn Foord

Dr. Lynn Foord, PhD, MEd, PT

Director of the Prerequisites for Health Professions Program MGH Institute of Health Professions.

One of the most common questions I get from students researching prerequisite courses to prepare for graduate school in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Physical Therapy is:

"I know I can take my prerequisite courses online, but can I also take my labs online?"

Depending on their intended area of study, health professions students typically have to take one or more courses and labs in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, or Physics. So of course this is a natural question for them to ask! It may seem counter intuitive -- when one thinks of the traditional science labs that he/she may have taken in high school or college -- but online labs are becoming quite common and many graduate schools accept them for prerequisite credit. We've been successfully offering them...Read more

Jun 6, 2013
Rachael
Spisak
Rachael

On June 5th, half of our team went to the South Coast Hospice. The South Coast Hospice was established in 1983 and focused on a home care program for terminally ill people. Over the years, an in-patient unit has opened, the Integrated Community-based Home Care model was developed, and mental health counseling services have been introduced. On our day here, we each went out with a different Home Based Care team. The goal of the MDR-TB team is to provide MDR-TB patients with their injections. The standardized MDR-TB regimen in South Africa consists of an intensive phase (also called injectable phase) of at least six months with five drugs. This phase is followed by a continuation phase of four drugs. During the intensive phase, treatment should be given at least six days per week. This strict drug regimen can make it hard for patients to adhere to their treatment. If...Read more

Jun 9, 2013

Weekend Adventures 1 Yesterday (Saturday) our group was introduced to the South African wildlife, up close and personal. We started our morning driving to Lake Eland Game Preserve, a wildlife area about an hour east of Port Shepstone, nestled in the Oribi Gorge. We happened across a group of baboons hanging out in the road even before making it to the entrance! Without hiring a guide, our group paid the 40 rand entrance fee ($4.00 US) per person to start our adventure. Dr. Corless was our fearless driver, tackling treacherous roads in search of our favorite animals.  The preserve hosts a myriad of diverse wildlife species; however, some were impossible to see during the day (like the cat species). Below is the full list of animals found throughout the area to give you an idea of the indigenous animals. Weekend Adventures</body></html>...Read more

Mar 28, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
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This is the second article in a series about  subjects which have been on the collective minds of the Office of the Provost, the leadership and Board, and the community at large:  active learning, diversity, interprofessionalism.   Thanks to Dr. Lynn Foord for her contribution from last month regarding active learning.  I have chosen to steal back the blog for this edition and to focus on the issue of diversity and health disparities. Alex Johnson

 

The Institute is in need of diversity that reflects the perspectives of the communities we serve.  Diverse students and faculty bring their unique and relevant experience to the forefront of our minds.   From dealing with individuals whose experience is different than our own we learn to listen openly, we learn to think in a non-judgmental manner, and we learn empathy.     More important, we also learn to...Read more

Aug 30, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lena Sorenson

Just two weeks ago, we learned that Dr. Lena Sorensen our colleague, faculty member, teacher, and friend passed away after a very brief illness. We were sad to lose this Institute leader, but relieved to know that her suffering was not lengthy and that she was with her long time partner, Alice Friedman. Expressions of disbelief, grief, and loss have been intermingled with interesting and uplifting stories of Lena’s talents, her passion for her work and her students, and her commitment to connecting patients and providers via technology. Lena had an interesting career, serving several different academic institutions and clinical settings. She was an early adopter of technology advances and pushed to make connections happen that could benefit patients and providers, especially nurses. At the Institute, Lena taught courses in informatics and research, supervised many student projects, and expressed constant delight at her work with her close colleagues in...Read more

Apr 18, 2013
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Community is where people come together to value each other, to find their identity in being part of something bigger than themselves, working together for the common good.

What a week this has been.   Marathon, Exploding bombs.  Dead and Injured.  First responders.  Uninterrupted perseverative news coverage.   Anger.  Sadness.  Confusion.   Our eyes turned to the hospitals.  All of us in our community were proud and impressed by our colleagues at Mass General and the Brigham, Tufts, and Boston Medical Center.   We appreciated the efforts of members of our professions who were there in the Emergency Departments, the Operating Rooms, and the ICUs.     Many of these individuals are alumni of the Institute.  We appreciated our phenomenal MGH Security Officers who assure safety on our campus and in the Navy Yard, as well as in the hospital.    We were stunned by the stories of courage from...Read more

Mar 13, 2011
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Meet some friends of mine--who are some of the current roster of John Hilton Knowles Scholars. The Knowles family has established a scholarship in honor of John Hilton Knowles, who was President of Mass General Hospital when the Institute was founded. Dr. Knowles, now deceased, and his family recognized the important contribution that our students are to make, as future leaders of their various disciplines

Jason, whose home is in San Antonio, Texas has worked as a furniture mover for people who were impoverished and for three years as a health promoter in inner city Boston. Fluent in Russian (along with Spanish and English), Jason has volunteered with the Chernobyl Children's Project!  He is also involved in two choirs in his church and is active in flag football!   He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Tammy, who is originally from New Jersey is first year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Before...Read more

Dec 19, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

For the past several days, I have struggled with the horrible events of last Friday, December 14, 2012.  A shooter entered an elementary school and shot 6 teachers and 20 first graders.   As a parent and grandparent, as a professional, and as someone who hates guns, this one has been hard for me.  The images, indelibly imprinted in my psyche, are terrifying and sad.  

The media has conjectured extensively about the increased possibility of gun control legislation, as well as the flaws and possibilities of the mental health system.  They have also  revealed a new debate as to whether principals and teachers should be armed.   The shooter's mother, also a victim, has been portrayed in sensational ways (survivalist, gun maven, troubled) and a heroine (mother of a son with many challenging behaviors, unable to access needed services).   There is much conflict in each of these discussions.  Now, our society can add epidemic violence to some of our other woes:  the...Read more

Sep 14, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

In my four years plus in Boston, I have found that one of the thing that I love is a warm, sunny day in the Navy Yard.  Today was one of those days.  The harbor was sparkling, but smooth as glass.  The sun shone down on our school, highlighting its interesting architecture.  This was just one of those days that popped.  What could be better?   Let me tell you....

Three hundred of our graduate students---nursing, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, even a few prereq students..... joined by lots of faculty and staff members (40 or so), spread out all over Charlestown (that's the Boston neighborhood that serves as the Institute's front yard).  Armed with rakes, crayons, toys,...Read more