Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year

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Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year and the first day of classes on September 8.

This week, 242 new students arrived to begin their respective programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Direct-Entry Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), post-professional Nursing (MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs), MS in Physical Therapy for international physical therapists, MS in Health Professions Education for licensed health professionals, and the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program.

In May and June, we welcomed 198 new students to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, along with the first cohort of students in our entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, the first in New England.

Along with more than 700 who are progressing toward graduation, nearly 1,150 students will fill our classrooms, labs, and halls, and have a distinct presence in and around our Charlestown Navy Yard campus, which now stretch from 1 Constitution Center as you head towards North Station to Building 79/96 near the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at the opposite end. Another 200 or so students are enrolled in our online prerequisite and non-degree courses, bringing this fall’s total to more than 1,350 students.

We also are welcoming 13 new faculty and 11 new staff members. Some arrived earlier this summer, while others will join us this week or next. Along with our veteran faculty and staff, they will dedicate themselves to fulfilling the Institute’s focused mission to educate and support our students in their quest to become practicing health professionals and researchers.

Our faculty and staff accomplish this through the visible work of teaching, research, student services, library and instructional design services, IT and classroom support, communications, community outreach, alumni relations, and maintaining our beautiful campus facilities, as well as less visible behind-the-scenes work in administration, faculty and staff governance, fundraising and donor relations, public relations, financial management, and human resources.

We are truly fortunate to attract such accomplished and dedicated employees, who together with our very talented and richly diverse students make the IHP community such a vibrant place to learn and work.

On another note, if you’ve never toured the U.S.S. Constitution, moored adjacent to our 2CC student lounge (be prepared for the twice daily cannon blasts!), you should make plans to do so before October 1.when the ship closes to the public. In early 2015, Old Ironsides, as she is often called, will be moved to dry dock (also in the Navy Yard) for a three-year repair project. But on Friday, October 17, the ship will enter Boston Harbor, without sails, to celebrate her 217th birthday. The tour of the top three decks (spar, gun, and berth) is free and well worth a visit.

I look forward to the many opportunities I have each year to engage with our faculty, staff, and students as we learn and work together to advance the Institute’s distinct impact on improving health and health care through education, research, clinical practice, and community outreach. It promises to be another exciting and productive year at the IHP!


Janis P. Bellack

President of the MGH Institute of Health Professions and John Hilton Knowles Professor, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Education. She currently serves on the governing boards of Partners HealthCare International and the Center for Medical Simulation (Boston). Jan served as consultant and core faculty member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows leadership development program from 1998-2010, based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Health Professions, where she also held a role as a senior fellow from 1996-2012. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education, and an elected member of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society and the Raven Society, the oldest honorary society at the University of Virginia. She was honored as the 1998 Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Florida College of Nursing, inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Kentucky in 2002, and named the 2007 Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

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