Friday, October 28, 2011

What's Happening

New Disability Indicator
Starting Nov. 1, the patient registration process under Admitting and Registration Services will include collection of a Disability Indicator. By including information about a patient’s permanent disability in our registration system, patient placement and care staff can be more proactive in preparing for any special needs. At this time, disability information will be used to accommodate Inpatient and Surgical visits only. The Disability Indicator will be rolled out to Ambulatory Outpatient practices in mid-January.

Senior HealthWISE lecture
MGH Senior HealthWISE will offer a lecture, “Blepharitis,” Nov. 3 from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room. Speaker is Jason Rothman, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. The event is free for seniors 60 years and older. To RSVP, call 617-724-6756.

Clinical Research Program seminars
The MGH Clinical Research Program is sponsoring several lectures during the month of November:

  • “Grant Writing for Clinical and Translational Investigators,” Nov. 7 from 4 to 6:15 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. The program is recommended for young clinical investigators in any stage of the NIH grant writing process. Register at For more information, call Suzanne Powell at 617-724-2900.
  • “Who Tells the IRB What to Do?: The Effects of Case Law on Research Regulations and Oversight,” Nov. 8 from 3 to 4:30 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.120. Pearl O'Rourke, MD, director of Human Research Affairs in Partners Research Management, will provide an historical review of challenges to research regulations and guidelines and will describe how case law has informed the current system of research oversight. This lecture is recommended for new and experienced clinical investigators, research nurses, study coordinators, and IRB members. Register at For more information, call Suzanne Powell at 617-724-2900.
  • “ Registration,” Nov. 9 from noon to 1 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.110. Speaker Emily Ouellette, quality assurance/improvement specialist in the Partners Human Research Quality Improvement Program, will review requirements set by the FDA and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), mechanics of registration, recent policy changes regarding the Responsible Party, and frequently asked questions. Registration is required at For more information, contact Lauren Michaels at

Raffle to benefit Home Base
The deadline to purchase raffle tickets for a custom-built Dirico motorcycle with a baseball paint job, signed by recording artist Steven Tyler, is Nov. 7. All proceeds benefit the MGH Home Base Program and the Red Sox Foundation. For more information, visit

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