Friday, February 7, 2014

What's Happening: Feb. 7, 2014

DNA days: improve your health and the health of future generations
Participate in the Partners HealthCare Biobank. Help the Partners community better understand, treat and even prevent the diseases that might affect your health and the health of future generations. MGH and BWH are collaborating to accelerate medical discovery by building an enterprise-wide research resource. Information from samples, electronic medical records and questionnaires about family history, lifestyle and environmental factors are all linked together. This unique set of information allows researchers the ability to study the contribution and impact of genes, environment, lifestyle and family history on human disease. Participation is voluntary and can be done at your convenience during one of the DNA Days on our campus. To learn more or to sign-up visit or stop by a DNA Day table at MGH during the following dates and times:

Feb. 12, 10 am to 2 pm – Simches 3rd floor across from the Cafeteria

Feb. 12, 8 am to 1 pm – Main Corridor, by Coffee Central

Feb. 24, 8 am to 1 pm – Yawkey 2nd floor Lobby

Feb. 26, 2 to 5 pm – Main Corridor, by Coffee Central

Nominate Patient Safety Stars
In honor of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 2 through 8, the MGH will sponsor its fifth annual Patient Safety Star Appreciation breakfast on March 5. “Safety Stars” exemplify the principle that all staff have the responsibility and opportunity to contribute to patient safety. 

Staff are invited to nominate a colleague in a clinical, administrative or support service role who has demonstrated particular excellence in patient safety. The deadline for nominations is 5 pm on Feb. 12. Nominations may be submitted online. Select “respond to survey.”

Employees may also fax Millie LeBlanc, RN, patient safety specialist, at 617-726-8031 the following information: the nominee’s name, department and mailstop, as well as his or her immediate supervisor’s name and at least one example of the nominee’s contribution to patient safety at the MGH.

For more information, contact LeBlanc at

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

  • “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

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Twitter chat
Join the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Program for a chat about heart health in honor of American Heart Month at 1 pm on Feb. 26. Maria Vivaldi, MD, a cardiologist at the MGH Heart Center, will be leading the discussion and answering questions about preventing heart disease. This chat will also be conducted in Spanish. Join the conversation with #MGHDSME. Follow the DSME Program on Twitter: @MGHDiabetesEd.

Upcoming Blum Center events
The Maxwell and Eleanor Blum Patient and Family Learning Center is offering the following free programs:

“Book Talk: Almost Anorexic” noon to 1 pm, Feb. 11 with Jennifer Thomas, PhD, co-author of “Almost Anorexic.”

For more information, call 617-724-7352.

MGH Institute PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
The PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions is designed for clinically certified/licensed health care professionals in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Nursing, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who wish to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research with an emphasis on assessing clinical outcomes in rehabilitation. Funding to cover most of the program cost is available for up to six qualified candidates. For more information, email or visit

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

April 9, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
May 14, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Aug. 13, 5:30 to 10:30 pm
Sept. 20, 9 am to 1 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

Day 1: June 20, 10:30 am to 5 pm
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

2014 SEECMO conference
The MGH, Rhode Island Hospital and Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital will be co-hosting the three-day Specialist Education for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (SEECMO) conference April 4 to April 6 in Providence at the Omni Providence Hotel. National experts in the field of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation will present on a variety of critical subjects including ECMO simulation and education, tissue engineering, ethics, pediatric surgery and adult respiratory failure. For more information, visit

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