September 14, 2012

What's Better Than a Sunny Day in Boston?

In my four years plus in Boston, I have found that one of the thing that I love is a warm, sunny day in the Navy Yard. Today was one of those days. The harbor was sparkling, but smooth as glass. The sun shone down on our school, highlighting its interesting architecture. This was just one of those days that popped. What could be better? Let me tell you.... Three hundred of our graduate students---nursing, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, even a few prereq students..... joined by lots of faculty and staff members (40 or so), spread out all over Charlestown (that's the Boston...
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August 30, 2012

Lost and Found: In memory of Lena Sorensen, PhD, RN

Lena Sorenson
Just two weeks ago, we learned that Dr. Lena Sorensen our colleague, faculty member, teacher, and friend passed away after a very brief illness. We were sad to lose this Institute leader, but relieved to know that her suffering was not lengthy and that she was with her long time partner, Alice Friedman. Expressions of disbelief, grief, and loss have been intermingled with interesting and uplifting stories of Lena’s talents, her passion for her work and her students, and her commitment to connecting patients and providers via...
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June 11, 2012

Third Base: Why do I care so much about Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Blog Prepared by Dr. Bette Ann Harris This is the third in a series of submissions this year concerning the Institute opportunity for a "triple play." Earlier this semester, blogs have been presented about active learning and inclusive excellence. The final home run in this series comes from Dr. Bette Ann Harris. Bette Ann (BA) has the distinctive historical role of being the Institute's very first graduate! She is now completing 35 years of affiliation with the IHP. Her history here includes leadership roles in Physical Therapy, as a Dean, and most recently Associate Provost. A common theme...
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May 31, 2012

Braai Photo

One last photo from Swazi. Here we are with some of the Wellness Center staff at the braai (BBQ) we had with them last night, wearing their lovely gifts to us. These cloths with the King's picture are worn by many women in Swaziland. Thanks for following our travels!
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May 30, 2012

Back to work...

This is our final week in Swaziland, with that being said we have been trying to get as many things done as possible which has left us with not as much down time. Yesterday, Tuesday, our journey through Swaziland health lead us on may roads. Collectively we visited the community, labor and delivery, and a psychiatric hospital, attended a lecture, and entertained a special guest. In the morning a few students sat in on a lecture on Asthma, lead by one of the hospitals Pediatricians. The presentation was reported to be thorough, as it included the epidemiology internationally, triggers,...
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May 29, 2012

Elusive Elephant

As Martha had mentioned in her post about our safari, just as we thought we weren't going to see any more animals, we rounded a corner to see a huge elephant lumbering across a field. There was a request for a photo of the elephant - here he is!
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May 28, 2012

Photos From Our South African Safari

While photographs can't fully express the beauty of the landscapes or animals we saw while on safari, here are a few small glimpses into Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. Enjoy! L to R: Martha, Patty, Ali, Aisha, Alex, Inge. Sunrise over Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park. White (or "wide-lipped") rhino. Some of the 11 giraffe we were lucky enough to see at one time! Painted African Wild Dog. They are the most endangered carnivore in Africa, and we were fortunate enough to see a pack of 16. We saw many zebra during our 8+ hours in the park.
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May 27, 2012

South African Safari Weekend

Hello readers! We have returned from an amazing weekend in South Africa. Please forgive my heavy use of superlatives in this post as we saw all kinds of things that can only be described as awesome. After a challenging week in Swazi we were all excited to head to Kwazulu-Natal, the northeastern province of South Africa. Friday afternoon we embarked on the 4.5 hr trip, driving southeast from Mbabane, down along the Swazi/Mozambique border and into South Africa. This area of the country is appropriately called the lowveld and is beautiful countryside with many small, traditional rural villages...
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May 25, 2012

Halfway point

Hard to believe that we've been here a full week already! Midway through, and a routine has been established. Two more Swazi scholars (Inge and I) had the chance to go on outreach work with Choto, this time to the government hospital in Mbabane. At RFM, Ali and Martha worked in Casualty, and Aisha and Patty spent time on the Pediatric ward. Our pharmacology peers Belma, Katie, and Ken continued with their meetings working on a Pharmacology Assistant curriculum for a local school, and also spent some time rounding in Peds. When we ate at eDeladleni Restaurant earlier this week, we were deeply...
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May 24, 2012

The Adventure Continues!

Today we were greeted by the warm African sun. The past two days have been chilly; even for those of us from New England! On our third day working along side the nurses in Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM), we were split into groups: Alex and Martha spent the day in casualty or the Emergency Department, Inge and I were on the Womens Medical Ward and Aisha and Ali went with Choto to the Mankayane Government Hospital. We are all becoming increasingly more comfortable on the floors, acquainted with the staff, and feel helpful in our supportive roles. We find our time spent there both enriching and...
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