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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November 14, 2011

Celebrating Nurse Practitioners (guest blog by Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo)

Dean Laurie Lauzon Clabo (School of Nursing) has provided this contribution to the Provost Blog. Thanks to Laurie for her thoughts on Nurse Practitioners during this celebratory week! By Laurie Lauzon Clabo, Dean, School of Nursing November 13th to 19th is National Nurse Practitioner Week. Nurse Practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses with Master’s level preparation, have been making significant contributions to the health of the nation since 1965, when the role was first introduced by the pioneering Dr. Loretta Ford at the University of Colorado. Since that time, NPs have been...
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November 11, 2011

Colleagues and Veterans

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Celebrated in the United States since the 1950s, Veterans Day is "a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." These are the words of President Eisenhower who proclaimed the original declaration for Veterans Day. We are fortunate to have as colleagues several individuals who have served our country as members of the military. Five of our current faculty members and several current students are veterans. Additionally, at least two of our current students are...
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October 25, 2011

Joan Blue, A Great Teacher

If you attended last night's scholarship gala in the beautiful atrium of the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, you know the meaning of the word beautiful. The setting was spectacular. Colorful decorations. Wonderful friends of the Institute gathered to support us. The Degas exhibit. Great words from people who care deeply about what we do every day. Smart, remarkable students being recognized. A thought provoking video that will go viral in the next 24 hours. Faculty and staff everywhere (and all looking handsome and beautiful). It was remarkable. What a celebration of the Institute...
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October 20, 2011

PT Moves Us Forward

This is national Physical Therapy Month. It's a good time to think a bit about the important leadership and service role provided by this important discipline. Physical therapists have been at the heart of rehabilitation for at least the last century. Interestingly the first modern school of PT was established at Walter Reed Army Hospital following World War I. There are now over 200 Physical Therapy Schools in the USA and many more around the world. The profession of physical therapy has advanced their own educational standards from a certificate to bachelor's degree entry to master's entry...
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