August 22, 2008
What's Happening

Change in Hotline schedule
Due to the Labor Day holiday, MGH Hotline will not be published Aug. 29. The regular publishing schedule will resume Sept. 5.

HBS course on value-based health care delivery
From Jan. 5 through 9, Harvard Business School (HBS) will offer a weeklong, graduate level immersion course on value-based health care delivery. The course is led by Michael Porter, director of the HBS Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and co-author of the book "Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition Based on Results," and will include case studies, readings, lectures and presentations by guest speakers. The course is free and open by application to HBS students, Harvard Medical School students, Boston-area physicians, and clinical and health care leaders from outside Boston. The application deadline for nonHBS students is 5 pm Oct. 2. For a complete overview, visit To apply, visit

Melanoma lecture series
As part of its Melanoma lecture series, the MGH Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center will host "Clinical Implications of Transcriptional and Signaling Pathways in Melanoma" Sept. 2, from 9 to 10 am in the Simches Research Center, Room 3110. David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, chief of MGH Dermatology, will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30 am. For more information or to obtain a temporary ID badge for access to the Simches Research Center, contact Brie Trefrey at

Senior HealthWISE lecture series
The MGH Senior HealthWISE lecture series will host "Hearing Loss" Aug. 28, from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room. Ellen OÕNeill, ScD, CCC-A, an audiologist with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call (617) 724-6756.

Smoking cessation program
The MGH Tobacco Treatment Service is offering a seven-week smoking cessation program on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 3 at 5:30 pm. The program will include information about preparing to quit, coping with stress without cigarettes, preventing weight gain and maintaining a smoke-free life. Low-cost nicotine patches and/or gum will be available with written approval from a primary care physician. Advance registration is required along with a registration fee, which is on a sliding scale. For more information or to register, call (617) 726-7443.

Have You Heard? hearing and balance seminar
The Audiology Department at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary will offer a free seminar, ÒHave You Heard?Ó Sept. 27, from 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Meltzer Auditorium. Topics will include medical and surgical treatments for hearing loss, understanding hearing aid technologies, and features and progress in balance research. For more information or to register, call (617) 573-3265 or visit

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