Common Reading Requirement

Note:  the following requirement is for Entry-Level Occupational Therapy (OTD), Entry-Level Physical Therapy (DPT), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Direct-Entry Nursing Masters (DEN), MS in Speech Language Pathology (CDMS), and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) students only.

The Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation welcomes you to the MGH Institute. One of our goals is that students learn to be not only evidence-based clinicians, but also high-performing members of health care teams. To that end, your program of study will include learning activities, under the umbrella of IMPACT Practice, through which you develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for interprofessional collaborative practice in the delivery of safe effective patient-centered care.   

As a kick-off to the theme of patient-centered care, we are asking incoming students to read Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova, a novel that introduces the perspective of a Charlestown resident and his family as they grapple with the discovery of illness and subsequent decline. Please read it in advance of your arrival so that you can participate in a group discussion of its themes during orientation.

The language of the novel can be coarse, but that simply reflects the wrenching decisions that a genetic illness forces the O’Briens to confront. We encourage you to consider what their experience reveals about how clinicians can deliver patient-centered care. Themes of the novel will be revisited as you participate in Community IMPACT Day and carried through your program coursework. 

About a month before orientation, you will receive a direct link through your school e-mail address that will allow you to access an electronic version of Inside the O’Briens, which you can read on a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, and the Kindle Fire HD. If you do not receive an email with the link, please contact Yolanda Mendez Rainey. FAQs about using the code on Glose are also available.

No matter what your eventual practice setting, you will be called on to work in teams with other health professionals. Maintaining the patient at the center of the team will help ensure smooth communication, efficient coordination, and optimum outcomes.


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