Health Care


January 30, 2017

What can we achieve with Interprofessional Continuing Education?

“Interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) is when members from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (ACCME, ACPE,ANCC, 2015) In April, 2016, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center sponsored a Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited Provider organizations that offer interprofessional continuing education. Twenty-eight institutions participated, sharing challenges and strategies for...
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October 10, 2014

Happy PA Week!

Happy PA Week from your newly accredited MGH Institute PA program! The PA profession was "born" in the mid-1960s thanks to the vision of Dr. Eugene Stead and the skills and commitment of the veterans, corpsmen and medics, who took a leap of faith in joining the very first class of PAs. In the 20 years since I graduated from my PA program, I have had the distinct pleasure of watching my beloved profession grow in scope, numbers, and recognition. When I took my first job as a PA educator, there were approximately 90 accredited programs in the country. Today, there are 190 accredited PA programs...
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April 14, 2014

Add Medical Interpreters to the Health Care Team

* This article originally appeared on AAPA's PAs Connect blog. We need to expand our definition of healthcare team when it comes to patients with limited English proficiency. I was reminded of this after reading a March 17 article on, “ Multilingual healthcare providers for a multilingual nation. ” Author Jon Jilani makes a convincing and important argument for the use of competent, trained medical interpreters when providing care to non-English-speaking patients. The article spoke to the likelihood of poor health outcomes when using ad hoc interpreters, such as family members...
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March 10, 2014

A Prognosis for mHealth

The Epocrates 2013 Mobile Trends report was published a few months ago and its results support the burgeoning notion that, in the not too distant future, mobile devices will be ubiquitous in healthcare practices around the world. It's no wonder that Epocrates predicts that 9 in 10 healthcare providers will be using smartphones by 2014. After all, smartphones and tablets make it incredibly easy to access information at the point of care and to communicate with colleagues, employees, or patients. An even more interesting conclusion gleaned from the survey of 1,063 healthcare practitioners (...
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October 17, 2013

Shout Out to PT Professionals for National Physical Therapy Month

A note from Alex: It is National Physical Therapy Month. I am interrupting the series on "The Impact of Impact" and will follow up with Part III soon. In the meantime I wanted to acknowledge National Physical Therapy Month with a shout out to our own PT program. I also am taking this moment to express some thanks for special attention I have received from the PT profession over the past year or so. I don't usually use this blog for highly personal matters, but I am violating that rule today. In any case, I hope that you will join me in saluting and thanking our PT colleagues-faculty, students...
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September 16, 2013

The Vital Role of Health Professionals in a Crisis

On a beautiful sunny day in April, countless lives were touched and, for some, irretrievably altered by the horrific and senseless bombings that marked an abrupt and gruesome ending to this year’s Boston Marathon , and shook the foundations of our community. Many have already written about and commented poignantly and eloquently on the unimaginable destruction, grievous deaths and injuries, heroic bystanders and first responders, and the surreal days that followed. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital , posted a notable blog for The New Yorker two days after the bombings,...
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June 19, 2013

TB/HIV Drug Adherence Presentation

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...
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June 8, 2013

Attempting to Reciprocate

2013/06/07 ( South African entry of the date). One of the ways we’re attempting to thank our hosts for their kindness in allowing us to observe care in their clinics and medical units is to help them with the transfer of paper-based information on their TB register to an electronic record. This will be forwarded to the national Department of Health for TB reporting. The inability of various databases to communicate is one familiar to us in the U.S. Indeed the V.A. has this very problem in attempting to access the records of servicemen so they can be eligible for care. The catch-up effort is...
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