October 1, 2011

The "Core" of the Institute provides 19 (yes nineteen) definitions of the word "core." One of them is particularly relevant to the Institute: Definition no. 2 (noun) is " the innermost, essential, or central part of anything . Our core values were developed during last year's strategic planning process as statements about our essential and central character as a community. I try to use these values as a roadmap for myself and for the Institute. I find them to be particularly useful during times of conflict or confusion. The core values are fairly lofty and are somewhat non specific. They provide general...
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May 30, 2011

"Links" to Memorial Day for the Institute

I have been struggling with how to put this next blog together. How does one "link" Better Speech and Hearing Month, Nursing Week, and the memories of important friends and alumni of the Institute? My mind has been flooded with some memories that fit a Memorial Day theme, that pay tribute to lost friends, and that tie nicely with the theme of honoring two of our disciplines that are "memorialized" in May! So in this blog I have chosen to focus on the memory of Dr. James Mongan, former CEO of Partners Health and MGH, and also an honorary "friend" of the Institute; on the recent loss of one of...
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April 22, 2011

Alum and Students Make Four Home Runs at the Boston Marathon

Our students (and alums) are beyond fantastic. We all know that. They are highly recruited, so smart, and destined to be leaders. Today, I want to take a moment and to recognize a few members of our community, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their participation in this year's Boston Marathon. I admire their effort so much and believe they have hit a "home run" for themselves and for the Institute. See what you think: Home Run Number 1: First off, CSD 2007 alum, Janis Greim decided to combine her passion for running and her commitment to the IHP into a remarkable memorial...
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April 13, 2011

"Grateful for Our Educational Resources" Week

April 10-16 is National Library Week. I was on the "T" and saw a John Grisham (one of my favorite authors) poster promoting this recognition of libraries and librarians! Grisham caught my attention, and now I hope that I catch yours! So, first off, I think it's a good idea for me to express my thanks, at this time, to our librarian, Jessica Bell and to others who create a remarkable learning foundation for the Institute . Jessica's leadership is supported by her remarkable colleagues at the Treadwell Library at MGH , led by Elizabeth Schneider . Together, all of these colleagues make an...
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March 13, 2011

Amazing Students with Amazing Stories

Meet some friends of mine--who are some of the current roster of John Hilton Knowles Scholars. The Knowles family has established a scholarship in honor of John Hilton Knowles, who was President of Mass General Hospital when the Institute was founded. Dr. Knowles, now deceased, and his family recognized the important contribution that our students are to make, as future leaders of their various disciplines Jason, whose home is in San Antonio, Texas has worked as a furniture mover for people who were impoverished and for three years as a health promoter in inner city Boston. Fluent in Russian...
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February 23, 2011

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords: The Lost Story

Just over a month ago, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head during a mass shooting in her home city of Tucson. In this incomprehensible event, numerous others were killed or injured. The nation’s hearts have been wracked with grief for this terrible tragedy. As is always true with such events, the news media pounced on the story. The public (myself included) looked forward to learning of what happened as the story progressed. We all wanted to know that Giffords had survived. For several weeks following Gifford’s tragic shooting, the media was filled with images of heroic “...
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January 16, 2011

Martin Luther King Speaks to MGH Institute Community

Wouldn't’ this have been a great headline on the Institute website? At about the same time that MLK was assassinated, the Institute was in its earliest formative years. Wouldn't’t it have been something if Dr. King had been able to have given the first commencement address or speak at the Schwartz rounds? His message, I am sure, would have been one that focused on urgency for bringing access to all, eliminating disparities and barriers to health care, and assuring that the needs of all people and all providers were addressed. Earlier today I heard a talk regarding Dr. King’s message. The...
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January 4, 2011

The King's Speech (Pathologist)

Happy 2011! I hope that each and every member of the IHP community had a wonderful break, a good rest, and joins me in looking forward to a lively semester! Part of my break time was filled with seeing a few films. One that was memorable for me was "The King's Speech". This film is receiving great reviews for the acting performance, the strong writing, and its historical significance. I liked it for all of those reasons. However, my reason for discussing "The King's Speech" in this blog is because of some important take home messages offered. First of all, let me reveal...
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December 17, 2010

December has provided for some interesting "sights" for the Institute community.

December has provided for some interesting "sights" for the Institute community. I had the chance to accompany some Partners' colleagues to Delhi, India in order to explore some collaborative opportunities for the future. This picture, taken at India's largest mosque, is my favorite one from the trip! Six faculty members representing our two Schools shared their research results with members of the Board at their recent Board of Trustees Dinner. During a pre-dinner reception, faculty work was displayed on posters around the room and Trustees had a chance to visit with the faculty members and...
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December 1, 2010

Wake Up; It's December Already

December Thought #1: From all of my years in school (when have I ever NOT been in school?), December is always a memorable time. In elementary school, December meant holiday planning and celebrations; in high school and college it meant looking forward to a much desired break; and now in my professional life it almost always means time to "take stock." One of the things that I have been thinking about as I take stock of this year is--how fast we are moving to the future. I am so optimistic about our future at the Institute, that I almost can't remember all we have been accomplishing. Rather,...
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