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In Our Own Voice

In the cycle of commentary that follows mass shootings in the United States, calls for increased mental health services nearly always surface. It’s hard to refute the need for supporting those with mental illness, and it’s certainly easier than navigating more »

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The Face of Alzheimer’s

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Ann W. Caldwell President’s Lecture featured Greg O’Brien, a patient with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and his team of family and clinicians. After describing their perspective on caring for someone with dementia, the panel answered more »

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Day Seven: Soco and Playa Bandera Azul

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Our last day in the Dominican Republic began with a now familiar routine. Everyone met in the dining hall for breakfast at 7 am and then prepared for the day. The medical team checked the contents of their bins, adding more »

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Day Five: Batey Campinas de Lechuga

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Each weekday Mertie Potter and the nurse practitioner students are visiting a different batey to support a mobile health clinic. The staff at Casa Pastoral orchestrate the intricate schedule. A yellow school bus picks up each of the three mission more »

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Day Two: The Beach and the Hospital

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This is a holiday weekend in the Dominican Republic. Three Kings’ Day is when children in Latin America traditionally receive gifts. Casa Pastoral is affiliated with a Baptist church around the corner. The staff members who cook the meals and more »

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Day One: Santo Domingo to La Romana

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The MGH Institute/Boston Medical Center team gathered at Logan airport in Boston on Friday night for a JetBlue flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In an early example of successful collaboration, several students removed, repacked, and reweighed a suitcase so more »

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Departure: Boston to Santo Domingo

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Since our kickoff meeting in September, the members of the Dominican Republic mission trip have been preparing for today’s departure. Mertie Potter, a faculty member in the School of Nursing, has coordinated both the academic and logistical sides of the more »

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Voyage to Pluto

When Greg O’Brien started out as an investigative reporter, he would tell his sources they were going to “Pluto” when he wanted to have an off-the-record conversation. Now that he contends with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Greg still finds the Pluto more »

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Dementia With Dignity

This year’s Schwartz Center Educational Rounds will focus on caring for patients with dementia. The theme sprung from a common reading assignment given to all incoming entry-level graduate students as an introduction to the IMPACT Practice curriculum. Still Alice is more »

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Caring for a High-Profile Patient

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During this year’s Interprofessional Rounds, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor described how the media requested an interview during her stay at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Not all the survivors wanted to share their stories so publicly, but our speaker did. So, more »

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