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Dec 1, 2010
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
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December Thought #1:  From all of my years in school (when have I ever NOT been in school?), December is always a memorable time.   In elementary school, December meant holiday planning and celebrations; in high school and college  it meant looking forward to a much desired break; and now in my professional life it almost always means time to "take stock."  One of the things that I have been thinking about as I take stock of this year is--how fast we are moving to the future.  I am so optimistic about our future at the Institute, that I almost can't remember all we have been accomplishing.   Rather, I keep wanting to jump ahead to that next exhilarating step.  I know that everyone doesn't always embrace my enthusiasm for change, and I am trying to be respectful of that.  At the same time, I am so excited about what is to...Read more

Dec 8, 2014
Peter
Cahn
,Phd
Peter Cahn

When Greg O'Brien started out as an investigative reporter, he would tell his sources they were going to "Pluto" when he wanted to have an off-the-record conversation. Now that he contends with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, Greg still finds the Pluto metaphor apt. The memory loss, cognitive decline, and anger can leave him feeling as isolated as the distant planet. Greg O'Brien will share his story with Institute students at the Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture: Interprofessional Rounds on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Bunker Hill Community College.

Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2009 Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 2009

 

Together with members of his clinical team, family members, and Institute alumni, he will offer a patient's point of view of how the health professions work...Read more

Jan 4, 2011
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Happy 2011!   I hope that each and every member of the IHP community had a wonderful break, a good rest, and joins me in looking forward to a lively semester!   Part of my break time was filled with seeing a few films.   One that was memorable for me was "The King's Speech".  www.kingsspeech.com/

This film is receiving great reviews for the acting performance, the strong writing, and its historical significance.  I liked it for all of those reasons.  However, my reason for discussing "The King's Speech" in this blog is because of some important take home messages offered. 

First of all, let me reveal my bias.  I am a speech-language pathologist and spent many (wonderful) years working with people who stutter, helping young parents cope with their children's stuttering, dealing with prevention of bullying and teasing for PWS I(people who stutter), and  teaching masters and PhD students  in the area...Read more

Oct 1, 2014
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

I’m not talking about plastic surgery here. I am talking about a different type of lift, a lift in spirit. One that “lifts your face” by encouraging a spontaneous smile. And one that lifts your heart because there is so much good happening around you. My first lift occurred on Friday, September 21. I had the opportunity to observe over 300 students coming together to provide community service all over the city of Boston, with support from more than 50 faculty members and staff of the IHP for the school’s third annual Community Day. The logistics for this enterprise are staggering. Kudos (is there a word that exceeds kudos?) go to Dr. Mary Knab and her leadership of the IMPACT Practice program, the wonderful committee of faculty members and staff who support her, and the outstanding logistical wizardry of Heather Easter. More than 45 teams of 6-8 students...Read more

Jun 5, 2013
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

If you read the “IHP News” you know that in May each year, associations and professionals and patients that care about speech and hearing celebrate these functions. I have procrastinated on a well-intentioned blog about May being “Better Hearing and Speech Month. I have lots of excuses:  1. I already wrote a blog about Nurses Week earlier in the month. 2. Since I recently have experienced my first personal experience with speech and hearing problems, it’s just too hard to talk about in a blog. 3. !Having spent the last 30+ years focused on this particular set of conditions, there is just too much to be said 4. None of the above Number 4, none of the above, is my reason. Actually, I have been struggling for weeks. I have really thought about the personal angle, the life experience and patient experience angle,...Read more

Nov 25, 2013
Pravin
Pant

Introduction: A scenario Imagine being transported back in time, say, fifteen years ago. Pre-Facebook and Twitter. Before “google” was a verb. The era when the terms “information super highway” and “cyberspace” could be used without eliciting a nostalgic smirk. Back then, I would have never imagined a future where a thumb-sized device would reside on my belt, silently sending data about my daily physical activity and sleep habits to a mini-computer in my pocket (that also made phone calls), and compiling it into a personal graph, on the internet. I never thought that my bathroom scale in the year 2013 would wirelessly report my weight as a data point on that same graph. (And to think, my victorious one-pound loss would then be advertised to all 573 of my cyberspace friends, as I eagerly awaited their “likes” of approval.) But the above scenario is today’s reality. An estimated 16.2 million...Read more

Jan 15, 2015

DSC_0475 Hello from India. I am in my final semester of the direct entry NP program, adult/geriatric acute care track. I worked as a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition support before starting school at MGH IHP. I am also a lover of food. We have had the chance to try a variety of new and exciting foods, have seen some of what local people eat and what their nutrition problems are, visited a community nutrition program for children and observed nutrition support in the hospital. IMG_1562 When we first arrived to India, we were not always sure what we were eating but we have learned a lot. The above picture is a fairly typical breakfast with an egg and veggie pancake, some flat bread, toast with butter and jam and aloo which...Read more

Oct 26, 2012
Alex
Johnson
PhD, CCC-SLP
Photo of Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Last night, the Institute’s annual gala  (35th birthday celebration!) was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Boston’s Innovation District, the seaport.  The venue was beautiful.  As always, friends of the IHP filled the room.   Old friends found each other, student scholars were recognized, fantastic staff members made the evening sparkle, there was a lovely dinner.   Even though much of the pattern was the same as in previous years, each gala has a unique story to share or a unique focus.   For last night’s event, several unique features come to mind.

 

First of all, the key video presentation focused on recent alum Heather Quirk (SON, 2012) and her remarkable story as a young widow, nursing student, parent, and marathon runner.   She represents a uniquely remarkable young woman, who like many of our students and alums have sacrificed and risen above many hurdles to move into their life’s work.    As notable...Read more

Jan 6, 2015
Jennifer
Bowen
Bowen

Several months ago, we had our first team meeting to discuss this trip. I remember learning about the bateys and I developed my own preconceptions of what they'd be like. I even found myself feeling a little bit nervous about what I might see during my travels. First and foremost, I was nervous about the possible lack of restrooms. I imagined myself out in the fields with a roll of toilet paper and an army of animals around me. I was also nervous about meeting the people we would serve. Language and cultural barriers can be difficult to work through. My first visit to a batey was actually a pleasant surprise. The people were so kind and welcoming. They say only 10% of what we say comes out of our mouths and I support this statement one hundred percent. Somehow I was able to understand what the people were saying...Read more

May 19, 2012
Inge
Corless
, PhD, RN, FAAN
Inge Corless

Saturday, May 19. Six of us from the MGHIHP and four colleagues from St. Louis make up our group of ten (nurses and pharmacists). (More about the St. Louis cohort in a subsequent post). We arrived in Swaziland without incident. Well almost without incident. The avid photographers in the group were chastened by the airport personnel when they took pictures of the Swazi flag and welcome to Swaziland materials on the airport building. It's not allowed. In any case our St. Louis colleagues met us and took us to the hotel. We settled in, and then met for an initial overview of our activities, did a quick grocery run for water and other essentials, and then had a relaxing dinner which we all enjoyed. After a good night's sleep, we travelled on Saturday morning to the well known glass factory here in Mbabane (the capital of Swaziland) where we found...Read more