Friday, February 28, 2014

What's Happening: Feb. 28, 2014

Cancer Center’s Illuminations art exhibit
Take a tour of the Cancer Center’s rotating art exhibition – Illuminations – on the Yawkey Mezzanine, featuring local and world-famous artists. The rotating art exhibition is on display throughout the Cancer Center for four months at a time and is intended to shed light on the human experience, offer patients and visitors a visual reference point for reflection as they are waiting for treatment and contribute healing qualities to the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff members. The artwork is hanging in Yawkey 7, 8, 9, 10 Proton Treatment Level, Cox 1 and Wang 2.

For more information about Illuminations or details on how to submit artwork for display, please visit or contact program manager at

Pamela J. Ellis Award nominations accepted now through March 7
The Pamela J. Ellis Memorial Secretarial Award was established in memory and recognition of the outstanding performance and values of Pamela J. Ellis, who served as executive secretary at the MGH between 1992 and 1996. The award, first given in 1997, honors MGH secretarial staff who exhibit similar, remarkable qualities in their work.

The $1,000 award will be given to an MGH employee who exhibits the outstanding qualities that Ms. Ellis demonstrated during her tenure, and will be presented at the Administrative Support Staff Day luncheon on April 23 at the MGH. All MGH executive secretaries, secretaries, administrative assistants, front desk receptionists and operations associates are eligible and all staff/employees may submit nominations.

All nominations must be submitted using the Pamela Ellis Award nomination form. All nominations are due by end of day on March 7. For more information, contact

‘Boston Marathon Caregivers One Year Later’
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare and the Conference on Boston Teaching Hospitals will host “Boston Marathon Caregivers One Year Later: Moving Forward with Healing and Renewed Compassion,” a series of special sessions for hospital staff, first responders and medical tent volunteers.

Caregivers are welcome to attend any or all of the five sessions in Boston. Registration is required.

The session at the MGH will take place March 28 from 8 to 9:30 am in the Their Conference Room. It will be facilitated by Beth Lown, MD, medical director of The Schwartz Center. Other sessions will be held:

  • March 12 from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Inn at Longwood Medical, Longwood Hall, 342 Longwood Ave. This session will be led by Chris Carter, PsyD, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • March 20, 8 to 9:30 am at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 93 Worcester Street, Wellesley. This session will be led by Sally Okun, RN, vice president of advocacy for PatientsLikeMe.
  • April 3, 8 to 9:30 am at the Inn at Longwood Medical, The Fenway Room, 342 Longwood Ave. This session will be led by Carol Mostow, LICSW, Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center.
  • April 9, 6 to 7:30 pm at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Terrace Room, 50 Park Plaza, Arlington St. This session will be led by Carol Mostow, LICSW, Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center.

For more information or to register, visit or email

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, March 25 with Jennifer Thomas, PhD, co-author of “Almost Anorexic.”
  • "Shared Decision Making: Colon Cancer Screening" noon to 1 pm, March 13 with Daniel Chung,clinical chief of the Gastrointestinal Unit and director of the High-Risk GI Cancer Clinic
For more information, call 617-724-7352.

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

  • “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.

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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