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 MS in Physical Therapy (PTMS) 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, you will participate in a curriculum of three, one-credit courses called IMPACT Practice –Interprofessional Model for Patient and Client-centered Teams:

  1. HP 818 will begin in your first fall semester where you and a team of colleagues from other disciplines will learn the competencies of interprofessional practice.
  2. In HP 819, taken the following spring, your team will complete a collaborative, clinical project demonstrating those skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
  3. Lastly, in a spring or summer semester, you will enroll in HP 821 to learn advanced ethical concepts that will put your clinical experiences into a framework that will help guide your future professional behavior.

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 newly published 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. I encourage you to consider what their experience reveals about how clinicians can deliver patient-center care. In the first IMPACT Practice course, you will return to the themes of the novel as part of an interprofessional discussion of health care ethics.

About a month before orientation, you will receive a code 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. Simply enter the code at If you do not receive the code, 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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