May 21, 2012

And so it begins...

Today we began our journey into the world of nursing in Swaziland. We haven’t officially introduced our group, so I’ll do that first. As you know, Professor Inge Corless is here with us and her knowledge and experience is proving invaluable. There are five students from the IHP Direct Entry Nursing program: Aisha has graduated with a concentration in Adult/Women’s Health; Patty and Alex both walked at graduation but have a few more credits to complete this summer before receiving their degrees in Adult/Gerontology and Adult/Women’s Health, respectively; and Martha and I are rising third year...
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May 19, 2012

The gang's all here

Saturday, May 19. Six of us from the MGHIHP and four colleagues from St. Louis make up our group of ten (nurses and pharmacists). (More about the St. Louis cohort in a subsequent post). We arrived in Swaziland without incident. Well almost without incident. The avid photographers in the group were chastened by the airport personnel when they took pictures of the Swazi flag and welcome to Swaziland materials on the airport building. It's not allowed. In any case our St. Louis colleagues met us and took us to the hotel. We settled in, and then met for an initial overview of our activities, did...
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May 17, 2012

At Logan

Forty-five minutes to takeoff and we're all here!! We're excited and so happy you'll be following us on this blog. It will be tomorrow AM when we next check-in at the earliest. That's Boston time. It will be late afternoon in Swaziland and we'll likely be excited but exhausted. Inge
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May 16, 2012

Start of Our Journey

Welcome to the blog of the 2012 Swazi Scholars! We are a team of nurse practitioner students and recent NP graduates, led by MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing Professor Inge Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN, who are embarking tomorrow for a two-week educational trip to Swaziland in Africa as part of an academic course that includes an international experience. We fly out of Boston tomorrow, joining colleagues from the Goldfarb School of Nursing and the St. Louis School of Pharmacy from St. Louis, Missouri, in Africa. This blog will chronicle our experience. We will introduce all of...
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April 23, 2012

Growing by One Degree....

It's final! We have been notified by both the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and also the New England Association of Schools and Colleges that we are approved to grant the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences. This is a true mark of the Institute's commitment to fulfilling the vision of our Founders and to the work of so many who have led us to this point! Congratulations especially to Dr. Robert Hillman, Associate Provost for Research, to the Institute's Research Committee, and to the long list of faculty and staff who have worked to make this day a reality. So,...
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March 28, 2012

Second Base: Diversity, Competence, Disparities

This is the second article in a series about subjects which have been on the collective minds of the Office of the Provost, the leadership and Board, and the community at large: active learning, diversity, interprofessionalism. Thanks to Dr. Lynn Foord for her contribution from last month regarding active learning. I have chosen to steal back the blog for this edition and to focus on the issue of diversity and health disparities. Alex Johnson The Institute is in need of diversity that reflects the perspectives of the communities we serve. Diverse students and faculty bring their unique and...
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March 7, 2012

First Base: Active Learning by Lynn Foord, PhD

Note : This is the first in a series of follow-up comments to last month's blog (Looking for the Institute's Triple Play: Get your Eye On the Ball). I asked our new Director of the Prerequisites Program, Dr. Lynne Foord, to give some thoughts about Active Learning and its role at the Institute. Read on and you will know a bit more about active learning and its importance as one of the many dimensions for teaching and learning at the IHP! Alex Johnson, Provost
Lynn Foord, Associate Professor, Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation 
Lynn Foord, Ph.D. Many instructors of late have begun to consider transitioning all or part of...
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February 23, 2012

Looking for the Institute's First Triple Play: Get Your Eye on the Ball!

The Boston Red Sox are in Florida for their spring training. They are making preparations for the 100 year anniversary of their home, Fenway Park. While they are focusing on this important celebration, we all know that their “eye is on the ball.” They are looking ahead to doing everything that they can to win the upcoming season. Attention to the birthday event inspires and brings attention to their story. Simultaneous attention to the coming baseball season is what it’s all about. The history, the party, and the story of what has come before inspire the next step. This history lifts up the...
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January 13, 2012

Moving Day!

Congratulations and thanks to the IHP faculty, staff and leadership who have made 2CC a reality. This new 20,000 sq. foot space next to the US Constitution is a game changer for our academic life together. Rather than write the story, I am choosing to post some pix I took during the opening day for our new ABSN cohort. They started their day in the new active learning center. Welcome new students and welcome 2CC! Great way to start the New Year!
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December 11, 2011

What Can I Do For You?

One of my graduate school professors suggested that during every interaction with a colleague or patient we should ask the question “what can I do for you today?” The idea behind this simple question is that it conveys genuine interest in the conversation and in the other person present during the exchange. My New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to ask that question in my interactions with faculty and students at the Institute. My expectation is that from some I will hear that all is going well. From others, I anticipate a list of concerns and problems. These comments are very helpful in...
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