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By Morgan Packer | Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012
At university, your life is somewhat unformatted — you attend class here and there, study in the library, and try to fill in the rest of your time with student organizations and other activities. In class, you are allowed to ask questions, make mistakes, and grow from your experience. This makes the transition between student-life and work-life somewhat startling as you must become responsible for yourself and your mistakes, and embrace the ramifications of failure. Time is not necessarily yo ... read full post


Tag(s): co-op, internship, Transition from student
By Mike Briddon | Monday, Nov 05, 2012
The quiet elderly couple stared off into the distance. "How long has it been? This can't be right," said the woman, slowly trailing off. The man, tan from a tropical vacation, paced and looked at his phone for the fifth time in the last two minutes. The crowd grew larger around them. Everyone looked hopeful, but very tired. "This is really getting ridiculous," said the man. "There must be something wrong. And how come there is no one around to ask?" Were they waiting for news about a loved one? ... read full post


Tag(s): "crew resource management," patient flow, IHI Triple Aim, Why Hospitals Should Fly, patient-centered care, shared-decision making
By Jameson Case | Friday, Nov 02, 2012
By Kedar Mate, Faculty, IHI Several months ago, I had an opportunity to be a part of something exciting the 2012 TEDMED annual conference. In addition to taking in the dazzling array of presentations on the microbiome, the future of medical training, guitar playing from NIH director Francis Collins, and a surprise appearance from Cookie Monster, I had been invited to represent a “great challenge” in American medicine and healthcare. There were 50 challenges that had been selected by a team from ... read full post


Tag(s): "TEDMED, Best Practices for clinical areas, innovation
By Amanda Swiatocha | Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012
Why is it that certain pieces of clothing inspire specific behaviors? Growing up, my guidance counselor used to tell us that students who dress well and tie their shoelaces tight will do better on their final exam than their pajama-clad classmates. Recently, I heard that wearing a sports team uniform alongside teammates in the same garb can affect self-perception and confidence. In a recent New York Times article, I read that “if you wear a white coat that you believe belongs to a doctor, your ... read full post


Tag(s): blueshirt, National Forum, Team Development, Improvement Stories, partnerships
By Caitlin Littlefield | Friday, Sep 21, 2012
IHI is walking to the 24th Annual National Forum! Yes, you read that right. The IHI staff is lacing up their sneakers for the Walk to the Forum challenge, which encourages staff members to get up and walk for more exercise and a bit of fun. IHI’s Work-Life Wellness team promoted the challenge and was thrilled to have over 80 staff members, including remote workers, join the challenge. Everyone participating in the challenge will be wearing a pedometer and at the end of each week th ... read full post


Tag(s): "24th Annual National Forum
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