Dear Graduates of the MGH Institute of Health Professions,
Congratulations on the attainment of your degree. While this degree “commences” your new life as a professional healthcare provider, researcher, or academic instructor it also serves as an important benchmark in your educational and clinical life. Be sure to take time to celebrate and enjoy this important transition.
In addition to my congratulations, I also want to send three invitations. First, I invite you to stay connected with the MGH Institute. We need you. We need your input and feedback. Consider when you will be ready to mentor or serve as a preceptor for one of our future students. Consider how we can fit into your career planning. Decide how you can use the Institute for advancing your education or meeting future professional goals. Stay connected.
The second invitation is to ask you to commit to performing your work at the “top of your license.” Use evidence and critical thinking. Focus on bringing best practice to each encounter with a patient, family, or colleague. Remember the “why” and the “how” to what you do. Ask those with more experience for help when you need it. Assure your patient’s safety and prevent harm. Do your best every day.
Finally, and perhaps most important, wrap your excellent clinical skills and your understanding of your profession in compassion, empathy, and mindfulness about who you serve. Grab the opportunity to improve care, address inequities, and place the patient at the center of every interaction. Use your knowledge of interprofessional practice (IMPACT PRACTICE ©). If you can use your knowledge of leadership, communication, and negotiation you will change lives. Be compassionate.
I am grateful to each of you for your role in the IHP community. I welcome you back at any time. I hope that you can respond to all three invitations: Stay connected, do your best, and be compassionate. Our door is open to each of you.
Alex Johnson, Provost