Friday, November 18, 2011

What's happening: Nov. 18

Change in Hotline schedule
MGH Hotline will not publish Nov. 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The regular publication schedule will resume Dec. 2.

Senior HealthWISE
MGH Senior HealthWISE will offer free hypertension screenings for seniors ages 60 years and older Nov. 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Library. For more information, call 617-724-6756.

Run the 2012 Boston Marathon
The MGH Marathon Team, “Fighting Kids’ Cancer … One Step at a Time,” in partnership with John Hancock Financial Services, has raised more than $6.7 million to support care and research initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the hospital’s youngest cancer patients. Runner applications are being accepted through Dec. 31 for the 2012 Boston Marathon on April 16. For more information, visit

Free nicotine patches
The Boston Public Health Commission is offering a free two-week supply of nicotine patches for people who smoke 10 or more cigarettes per day and live or work in Boston. Boston residents may have the patches delivered to their homes. MGH employees may have them sent to the MGH Occupational Health Service at 165 Cambridge St., Suite 404, where they can pick them up. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to arrange delivery. The program ends Feb. 28.

Palliative Care lecture
The MGH Palliative Care Service will host the Robery Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture, “Connecting with Patients: Where Art Meets Science,” Nov. 29 from 5 to 6 pm in the O’Keeffe Auditorium. The speaker is Anthony Back, MD, professor in the Oncology Division of the University of Washington School of Medicine. To register, call 617-643-4402.

Nominate a cancer hero
the one hundred is an annual fundraiser for the MGH Cancer Center, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. To nominate a cancer hero, visit Nominees do not need to be MGH employees. Each MGHer who submits a nomination will be automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Kindle. For more information, email

Farahe Maloof Lecture
The MGH Endocrine/Thyroid Unit will host the 25th annual Farahe Maloof Lecture Dec. 6 from noon to 1 pm in the Ether Dome. Yaron Tomer, MD, professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will present “The Evolving Story of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: From Genetics to Epigenetics.” Registration is not required. For more information, contact Lynn Moulton at 617-726-9345.

Computer training
Partners Information Systems Training is hosting several computer courses. “Outlook 2003: How to Get Out of Email Jail,” is a webinar focused on tips for organizing and managing email volume. “InfoBytes” are instructor-led, 90-minute sessions on Dec. 1 at 165 Cambridge Street, second floor.  Topics include Excel, Word and PowerPoint. To register, access For more information, visit

CSSA seminar
The MGH Chinese Scientist and Staff Association (CSSA) will host a seminar, “Traditional Chinese Medicine and Inflammation-Related Disease,” Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the Simches Center, Room 3.120. The seminar will feature two sessions, followed by an interactive question-and-answer period. Registration is required for CME credit. To register email For more information, call 617-724-1757.

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