Category: clinical care

KL2-CMeRIT awardees

Congrats to the 2018 KL2/CMeRIT Awardees from Mass General

The KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training (CMeRIT) program provides advanced training in clinical and translational research to senior fellows and junior faculty from all health professions represented by Harvard Catalyst, including medicine, dentistry, and nursing. Congratulations to this year’s winners from Massachusetts General Hospital! Below, you will find summaries of their projects as well as ...

Bringing a 70-Year-Old Surgical Technique Into the 21st Century

Imagine your surprise if you needed heart surgery and were told your cardiac surgeon would be using the same technique their predecessors used in the 1940s. Thankfully, techniques for heart surgery have come a long way in 70 years. The same cannot be said for Mohs surgery — a procedure for removing skin cancer on ...

Marques Brings the Ivory Tower to the Streets with Psychiatry Program

If you break your arm, you go to a doctor to seek treatment. But if you’re experiencing symptoms of mental illness, the next step isn’t always as clear, especially for minority populations. With language barriers, insurance concerns and cultural stigma against discussing mental illness, it’s not surprising that among Latinos with a mental disorder, fewer ...

Under Pressure: ResQFoam Stops the Bleed

Thirty-six minutes. That is the average time it takes for a person who has entered a hospital’s emergency department to reach an operating room. For a patient suffering from an exsanguinating, noncompressible abdominal hemorrhage – a severe, life-threatening trauma – that is 36 minutes of continued blood loss. What if there was a way to ...

Research Study Helps Improve Feeding Strategies in NICU

You may not realize it, but each time you take a squirt of water from a sports bottle or sip a milkshake through a straw, your body is performing a series of coordinated actions known as suck, swallow and breathe (SSB). In most people—even most newborn babies—this process is managed without much conscious control. However, ...

Podcast Showcases Mass General Female Leaders

Massachusetts General Hospital recently launched a new podcast called “Charged,” featuring some of the hospital’s leading female voices. The podcast is devoted to showcasing the passion and talent of Mass General staff, while uncovering stories of the relentless daily pursuit to break boundaries and provide exceptional care. In the first episode, Katrina Armstrong, MD, physician-in-chief, discusses ...

Nursing Research Day Celebrates Advances in Clinical Research and Care

Every year, Nursing Research Day – hosted by the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital -provides an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the inspiring and impactful research being conducted by Mass General nurses. This year, in addition to the Yvonne L. Munn Nursing Research Lecture and Awards ceremony, 45 posters ...

How New Biomarkers and Smartphone Apps Could Provide New Hope for ALS Patients

When a patient has strep throat, their care provider knows which antibiotics to prescribe to cure the ailment. But when a disease has no known cure, as is the case with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), research often becomes part of clinical care. “There are still a lot of limitations in terms of what we can ...

New Study from Mass General Seeks to Improve Shared Decision Making Among Minority Patients

April is National Minority Health Month, a national initiative led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to find ways to ensure that all patients have equal access to healthcare regardless of their race or ethnic background. To help raise awareness of health care disparities that continue to affect racial ...

Pediatrician Engages Communities to Make a Lasting Impact on Child Health

Imagine you are a pediatric clinician in an urban community health center. You notice that the majority of your patients have the same triad of conditions – obesity, asthma and behavioral health problems. You can encourage your patients to lose weight, prescribe asthma medication or connect them with psychiatric services, all of which may help ...