What's Happening: Dec 13, 2013

What's Happening: Dec 13, 2013



Register for Spring Prerequisite Courses at MGH Institute of Health Professions
Register now
for spring 2014 online and onsite prerequisite courses at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Jumpstart a career in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, or another high-demand field. All students enrolled in the prerequisite program are eligible for Academic Extras, and there is a discount for Partners-affiliated employees. Classes begin Jan. 13.

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following events: 

  • "Glaucoma" Dec. 19 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Husam Ansari, MD, PhD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. 
  • “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain!?” Jan. 9 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Paul Arnstein, PhD, RN, FAAN, MGH clinical nurse specialist.
  • “ Memory: Understanding Normal Memory Changes and Dementia” Jan. 23, 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Fadi Ramadan, MD, MGH Geriatric Medicine Unit.
  • Special Event:  “Tips for Successful Aging” Jan. 27 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Ann Webster, PhD, director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine’s Mind Body Program for Cancer and the Successful Aging program.
  • “The Fruit of Our Losses: Growing through Grief Work” Feb. 6 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Robert Weber, PhD, MGH Department of Psychiatry.
  • “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” Feb. 20 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Nicole Claris, educator, Museum of Fine Arts.
  • “Macular Degeneration” March 6 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Tina Cleary, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.
  • “Medication Safety in the Older Population” March 20 from 11 am to noon in the MGH Haber Conference Room, with guest speaker Joanne Doyle Petrongolo, PharmD, pharmacist for the MGH Integrated Care Management Program.

For more information about Senior HealthWISE events, call 617-724-6756 or visit

Nominate teams or leaders for the 2014 Service Excellence Awards
A new award recognizes achievement related to patient survey scores and also recognizes teams and leaders who have helped create an outstanding patient experience. The first group of awards will be linked directly to 2013 inpatient and outpatient survey results. The second group of awards -- for teams and leaders -- will be chosen from nominations submitted by MGH employees. The Patient Experience Leadership Council, comprised mostly of senior management, will select winners.

Recognize the work and dedication of successful teams and leaders at the MGH by submitting a nomination. Download the team nomination form or leader nomination form and email nominations to by Dec. 20. For more information, contact Christina Armstrong at 617-726-0343.

U.S. Citizenship Classes at MGH
Registration is underway for the five-week U.S. Citizenship class, beginning mid-January at the MGH. Classes take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The course is available at no cost to MGH employees and their families. Participants are responsible for the $680 citizenship application fee.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Possess a green card or equivalent
  • Be a permanent resident for at least five years
  • Must be moderately proficient in English (English proficiency will be assessed prior to class)
  • Able to pay $680 to submit the N-400 citizen application
  • Must complete intake process with the JVS Citizenship Coordinator- Liz Hogan

Services Include:

  • U.S. History and Civics lessons
  • Assistance completing the N-400 application
  • Preparation for interview with a U.S. immigration official
  • Referral to support services if needed
  • Follow up sessions and tutorials

To learn more about the program, contact Liz Hogan, or 617-399-3223. 

Call for Applications for the Corrigan Minehan "SPARK" Awards
The Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care is accepting applications for the 2014 SPARK Awards. Targeted towards junior faculty members, these philanthropy-supported grants serve to support innovative, cross-disciplinary research. The submission deadline is 5 pm, Jan. 10. For more information, download the application guidelines or contact Kiely Turgeon at  

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) courses
ALCS courses are available on the following dates:

Jan. 27, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
April 9, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
May 14, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Aug. 13, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Oct. 8, 5:30 to 10:30 pm

Two-day Certification Classes: The first day of the two-day classes includes lectures (Airway, ACS) and the second day includes Megacodes and Airway testing.

Day 1: March 10, 8 am to 3 pm
Day 2: March 24, 8 am to 3 pm

Tentative, Day 1: June 20, 10:30 am to 5 pm
Tentative, Day 2: June 23, 8 am to 1 pm

Day 1: July 10, 8 am to 3 pm
Day 2: July 11, 8 am to 1 pm

Day 1: Sept. 12, 8 am to 3 pm
Day 2: Sept. 22, 8 am to 1 pm

Day 1: Nov. 6, 8 am to 3 pm
Day 2: Nov. 7, 8 am to 1 pm

Class locations will be identified with registration confirmation notification. To register visit


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