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Clinical Education

As the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare, New England’s largest care provider, the MGH Institute offers its students unparalleled opportunities to learn in the region’s best facilities.

Partners facilities include Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s, and Spaulding Rehabilitation, along with others such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Students also get clinical experience at 600 other facilities throughout New England and beyond.

Students also gain valuable experience working in the Shouse simulation and physical assessment labs, where several high-fidelity interactive manikins simulate conditions under the supervision of faculty members.

The school has six interactive simulation manikins, including a birthing manikin, a pediatric manikin, and a 3G SimMan to help students learn to treat a wide variety of symptoms and health situations while honing their clinical skills. The labs, located on the main floor of the Institute's Shouse academic building, are where students spend much of their time learning basic skills.

Students in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology also gain valuable experience in on-campus centers in which they treat clients who have exhausted their insurance benefits or cannot afford treatment. Under the watchful eyes of experienced faculty clinicians, students provide more than one million dollars in pro-bono services to clients from throughout Greater Boston.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy students see clients in the Functional Living Lab, an active-learning area which includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom. It allows students to seamlessly move from the classroom and immediately put into practice what they learned without leaving the lab.

The Physical Therapy Center for Clinical Education and Health Promotion offers comprehensive assessment, therapy and specialty services for both neurological and musculoskeletal issues.

Speech-Language Pathology students may see clients in two settings:
The Speech, Language, and Literacy Center, where students work with children and adults with both developmental and acquired disorders of speech and language communication and reading difficulties, helping them communicate more effectively.

The Aphasia Center assists adults who have partial or total inability to produce or understand speech as a result of brain damage caused by injury or disease such as people who have had a stroke.