Looking Forward to the New Academic Year

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2015–2016 academic year and the first day of classes on September 14.

More than 200 new students will arrive next week for orientation as they 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 229 new students to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs, along with the first cohort of students in our new Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

With another 700 who are progressing toward graduation next spring, more than 1,100 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 Building 79/96 near Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at the end of 1st Avenue to 1 Constitution Center as you head towards North Station. Another 250 or so students are expected to enroll in online prerequisite and non-degree courses, resulting in enrollment approaching 1,400 students.

We also are welcoming 16 new faculty and 10 new staff members. Some began earlier this summer, while others are just arriving on campus. 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.

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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