PEBT

January 21, 2014

Interprofessional Rounds: Healing Trauma

On Thursday, January 17, 2014, second-year students in the entry-level graduate programs gathered at Bunker Hill Community College for the Interprofessional Rounds. All year in the Schwartz Center Educational Rounds, students and faculty have been exploring the theme of healing trauma. As a capstone to this discussion, we invited Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings, and her team of caregivers from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to discuss the role of interprofessional practice in her recovery. Heather, pictured here with physical therapist Dara Casparian DPT '13...
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January 15, 2014

Food of South India

A big part of the Indian lifestyle is the food! Luckily, our group of 4 students has an appreciation for how delicious South Indian food can be. As we’ve been saying, “we may not know what we’re eating, but it sure does taste good!” For the uninitiated, Indian food has very distinct, strong flavors due to the spices used: curry, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cardamom, and the list goes on. Many Hindus are vegetarians and beef is not available due to religious reasons, so the main protein sources we have found are chicken and mutton. Here is a selection of some of our meals along with...
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November 25, 2013

Introduction: What is Connected Health, and Why Should We Care?

Introduction: A scenario Imagine being transported back in time, say, fifteen years ago. Pre-Facebook and Twitter. Before “google” was a verb. The era when the terms “information super highway” and “cyberspace” could be used without eliciting a nostalgic smirk. Back then, I would have never imagined a future where a thumb-sized device would reside on my belt, silently sending data about my daily physical activity and sleep habits to a mini-computer in my pocket (that also made phone calls), and compiling it into a personal graph, on the internet. I never thought that my bathroom scale in the...
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November 20, 2013

Compassionate Care

As a health-care lawyer and son of a physician, Ken Schwartz thought he understood how care delivery worked. When he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 1994, however, he unexpectedly gained a new perspective--that of a patient. He underwent CT scans, a bronchoscopy, exploratory surgery, and chemotherapy. Ken quickly realized that effective health care goes beyond knowing which tests to order or which drugs to administer. As he wrote before his death, "What matters most is that they [the care givers] have empathized with me in a way that gives me hope and makes me feel like a human...
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November 4, 2013

MGH Institute Career Services Blog

Thanks for reading! Our Career Services Blog is intended to engage in meaningful discussion around "best practices" for job searching, interviewing, writing effective résumés and cover letters, and developing a networking strategy. The blog will be what we make of it, so I encourage you to ask questions, post opinions, and participate! My promise is to provide useful, practical, and insightful advice that will help in your career journey. I will be blogging about real issues that relate to students and alumni here at MGH IHP, and everything within will be "inspired" from advisement sessions...
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November 4, 2013

Alum Helps Red Sox Win

One of the reasons why the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series is due to the work of a man who never put on a uniform or faced a big league pitcher. Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT, a 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy alumnus of MGH Institute of Health Professions, became Coordinator of Sports Medicine for the 2013 season after being a consultant the prior year. His mission: to work on keeping the players on the field and off the disabled list. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com recently wrote a story on Dr. Dyrek’s special relationship with designated hitter David Ortiz, who calls him a “genius” and credits him...
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October 17, 2013

Shout Out to PT Professionals for National Physical Therapy Month

A note from Alex: It is National Physical Therapy Month. I am interrupting the series on "The Impact of Impact" and will follow up with Part III soon. In the meantime I wanted to acknowledge National Physical Therapy Month with a shout out to our own PT program. I also am taking this moment to express some thanks for special attention I have received from the PT profession over the past year or so. I don't usually use this blog for highly personal matters, but I am violating that rule today. In any case, I hope that you will join me in saluting and thanking our PT colleagues-faculty, students...
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October 1, 2013

Part II: What Impact Means To the IHP

In my last post I described the IMPACT program. Anyone who has been at the IHP for the past two semesters has certainly heard of IMPACT and what we are trying to accomplish. This interprofessional set of experiences for our students, clustered under this new logo, is providing a fresh and welcomed approach to our long time commitment to interprofessional education. For the IHP community, and the larger community, this new image and new set of activities is designed to impact all of us by imprinting within our lexicon and within our day to day teaching and learning a highly principled approach...
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September 16, 2013

The Vital Role of Health Professionals in a Crisis

On a beautiful sunny day in April, countless lives were touched and, for some, irretrievably altered by the horrific and senseless bombings that marked an abrupt and gruesome ending to this year’s Boston Marathon , and shook the foundations of our community. Many have already written about and commented poignantly and eloquently on the unimaginable destruction, grievous deaths and injuries, heroic bystanders and first responders, and the surreal days that followed. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital , posted a notable blog for The New Yorker two days after the bombings,...
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September 12, 2013

Apps that save you time!

As a student or professional, one thing is clear these days; you need to make your life as efficient as possible. With all this technology, comes the extra pressures of always being available to connect with friends and family, and stay up to date on topics of interest. Did you know there is a Boston mayoral election in a couple of months? You should, it is an important race and affects the Health Professions. Here are some applications, tips, and tricks to keep you organized and give you more time to enjoy the finer things in life. Applications that simplify your life. Flipboard. Have you...
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