Friday, June 21, 2013

In General honors and awards: June 21, 2013

For the fifth time, AARP has named the MGH to its list of Best Employers for Workers Over 50. The award recognizes companies that have set outstanding examples through programs that help retain, retrain, engage and recruit older workers. The MGH was honored for its innovative benefits including financial and retirement planning, dependent care and flexible work options. The MGH also was commended for using senior placement agencies to target more mature workers and retirees and offering retirees temporary work assignments, consulting and contract work, as well as part-time work and volunteer opportunities.

Karen M. Ryle, MS, RPh, associate chief of MGH Pharmacy for Ambulatory Care, has been elected president of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Ryle will work to strengthen the association’s crisis management planning to ensure that member boards receive the necessary assistance to protect public health, should a patient safety crisis arise. Ryle previously served one year as the association’s president-elect and one
year as treasurer.

Gaurav Singal, MD, a resident in the MGH Department of Medicine, was honored with a 2013 Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology Award. The award recognizes the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine or pursue clinical research. Singal was honored for his project, “QPIDMed: Automated Chart Biopsy of the EMR Using Natural Language Processing.”

On June 6, the MGH Center for Cancer Research (CCR) celebrated its 25th anniversary of scientific achievements and progress in cancer research. The celebration included a research symposium that featured presentations from both alumni and current CCR faculty. The keynote address was given by James Allison, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, who received the eighth annual MGH Award in Cancer Research for his notable contributions to the field of cancer immunotherapy.
The award, presented by Daniel Haber, MD, director of the MGH Cancer Center, is given in memory of Nathan and Grace Shiff in recognition of outstanding achievements in cancer research.

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