Friday, May 4, 2012

What's Happening: May 4, 2012

Hotline correction
Jodie Babitt, MD, the 2012 recipient of the Howard Goodman Award, was incorrectly identified as being affiliated with the MGH Renal Unit in the April 27 issue of Hotline. Babitt’s correct affiliation is with the MGH Program in Membrane Biology/Division of Nephrology.

MGH Senior HeathWISE
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following free events for seniors age 60 years or older: a lecture, “There’s No Place Like Home: Health, Safety and Function in the Home,” May 9 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Haber Conference Room with speaker Ardeshir Hashmi, MD, MGH senior health fellow; a lecture, “Oral Health,” May 17 from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room with speaker Nicole Armour, DMD, MGH Dental Group; and a book club discussion of “In the Time of Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez May 17 from 3 to 4 pm at the West End Library. For more information, call 617-724-6756.

Blum Center events
The Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center will host two free programs from noon to 1 pm in White 110:  “Shared Decision Making: Coping with Symptoms of Depression” May 10 with speakers Albert Yeung, MD, of the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program, and Timothy Petersen, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry; and “National Health Observances Talk: Understanding Asthma” May 24 with speaker Nancy Davis, RTT, respiratory therapist. For more information, call 617-724-7352 or email

Pituitary surgery lecture
The 13th annual Nicholas T. Zervas, MD, Lecture, “Pituitary Surgery at MGH,” will be held May 15 at noon in the Ether Dome with speaker Brooke Swearingen, MD, of MGH Neurosurgery. For more information, call 617-726-3870.

Ethics forum
An ethics forum, “Are You Willing to Discuss Medical Errors with Your Patients?” will be held May 11 from noon to 1 pm in the Sweet Conference Room in Gray-Bigelow 4 with speaker Christian Vercler, MD, chief resident in Plastic Surgery.

InfoByte computer course
Partners Information Systems will offer free, 90-minute Microsoft 2003 InfoByte computer courses beginning May 17. Topics include Excel, Word and PowerPoint. To register, visit 

ACLS courses offered
The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider course is designed to offer caregivers the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia arrest. The MGH Department of Emergency Medicine is offering two-day ACLS provider courses May 14 in the O’Keeffe Auditorium and May 21 in the Thier Conference Room from 8 am to 3 pm. A recertification course will be held May 9 from 5:30 to 10 pm in the Founders Building, Room 130. For payment and other details, visit

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