Friday, March 7, 2014

What's Happening: March 7, 2014

Submit Your 2013 FSA Claims
If you have a balance remaining in your 2013 Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA), make sure to incur all eligible expenses by March 15 and submit expenses to the Benefits Office by March 31. Otherwise, you will forfeit any money left in your account. A Flexible Spending Account Guide with full instructions is available on the MGH Benefits Intranet site. For more information, contact the Benefits Office at 617-726-8133 or

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, visit or contact the program manager at

‘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: 

  • “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

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

Clinical Pastoral Education Fellowships for Healthcare Providers
Three Schwartz Center Fellowships will be awarded for the Fall 2014 MGH Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Open to clinicians from any discipline who work directly with patients/families and who wish to integrate spiritual caregiving into their professional practice, The Clinical Pastoral Education Program is a part-time program with group sessions on Mondays from 8 am to 5 pm. Additional hours are negotiated for the clinical component. Applications are due by April 18. For more information, contact the Chaplaincy at 617-726-4774 or visit

NORC-H Accepting Applications
The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC-H) at Harvard Medical School, previously known as Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center, is now accepting applications for new pilot/feasibility projects and competing renewals of currently funded one-year projects. Candidates must submit applications electronically by April 21 to Ewelinka Grzejka, For more information or to download a PDF of the application, visit

The Haddad Lecture: ‘Early News from the Front Lines on the Road to Health Equity’
On April 3, the Ernest M. Haddad Lecture in Law and Ethics features Sara Rosenbaum, J.D, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Health Policy, who will present “Early News from the Front Lines on the Road to Health Equity.” Named in honor of Ernest M. Haddad, who served for 21 years as general counsel for the MGH and Partners HealthCare, the annual lecture features guest speakers who are experts on topics related to ethics and conduct in the health care environment. The event will take place at 8 am in the O'Keeffe Auditorium.

‘Brainwashed? What Neuroscience Can – and Can't – Tell Us About Ourselves’
The Center for Law, Brain and Behavior will host a conversation, moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, with Scott Lilienfeld, Emory psychologist and co-author of the book “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience,” and Harvard psychologists and CLBB faculty Joshua Greene and Joshua Buckholtz, for a deep dive into this profound topic. The event will be held April 17 from 6 to 9 pm at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. For more information or to RSVP, visit




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