September 12, 2008
What's Happening

LGBT Employee Resource Group welcome reception
The MGH Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Employee Resource Group will host a fall welcome reception Sept. 25, from 5 to 8 pm in the resident/fellow lounge, Wang 125. For more information, e-mail

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following free events for seniors age 60 years or older: a lecture series, "Blood Clots: What You Need to Know About Risks, Prevention and Treatment" Sept. 18, from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room with guest speaker Lynn Oertel, ANP, MS, CACP, of the MGH Anticoagulation Management Service; a book club discussion of "A Magnificent Catastrophe" Sept. 18, from 3 to 4 pm at the West End Library; and hypertension screenings Sept. 22, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the West End Library. For more information, call (617) 724-6756.

PIE Awards nomination deadline approaching
The Sept. 19 nomination deadline for the 2008 Partners in Excellence (PIE) Awards is approaching. All MGHers are invited to nominate their colleagues – either individuals or teams – for their exceptional work throughout the year as well as their contributions to reaching the goals of High Performance Medicine. Nominations may be made in the following categories: quality treatment and service, leadership and innovation, teamwork, operational efficiency and outstanding community contributions. To submit a nomination online, visit Forms also are available from managers and supervisors. The nomination deadline is Sept. 19. For more information about the awards, call (617) 724-9743 or e-mail For more information about High Performance Medicine, visit

Scientific Writing course
The MGH Clinical Research Program and the MGH Department of Psychiatry are co-sponsoring "Scientific Writing" Oct. 1 and 8, from 4 to 5 pm in the O'Keeffe Auditorium. Topics covered will include clarifying the writer's interests, creating an outline, avoiding obsessive perfectionism, writing multiple drafts and understanding the peer review process. Theodore Stern, MD, of Psychiatry, will be the instructor. To register, visit For more information, contact Lauren Michaels at (617) 726-5010 or

Volunteers needed for MGH/Timilty Partnership
The MGH/Timilty Partnership is seeking volunteers to mentor students at the James P. Timilty Middle School with their science fair projects. Mentors meet with students at the MGH or CNY Friday mornings, twice per month, October through January. The partnership provides ongoing mentor training and support. For more information, contact Joan McCarthy at (617) 724-3210 or

Home ownership seminar
The Partners Employee Assistance Program is offering an "Introduction to Home Ownership" seminar Sept. 24, from noon to 1 pm in the Thier Conference Room. Guest speaker Robert Gray, senior mortgage originator from the Harvard University Credit Union, will discuss the purchasing process for a new home. Free pre-approval for first-time buyers will be available. For more information, call (617) 726-6976 or visit

Ramadan Iftar dinner
MGH Patient Care Services and MGH Human Resources will host a community Iftar dinner Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 pm in the Thier Conference Room to celebrate the breaking of the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. For more information or to register, e-mail Firdosh Pathan at

Women in Medicine Month event
In honor of Women in Medicine Month, the MGH Office for Women's Careers will host "Business Advice for Women Leaders in Medicine" Sept. 18, from 3 to 4:30 pm in the Bulfinch Tent. Guest speaker Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, will discuss problematic perceptions about women business leaders and challenges women have in obtaining leadership positions in business. For more information or to register, call (617) 724-5229 or e-mail

Save the date for Partners Physicians Day
The 10th annual Partners Physicians Day will be held Feb. 7, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. All Partners physicians are invited to attend. The keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Drazen, MD, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. Registration materials will be mailed to physicians in December. For more information, visit and click "Events and Education."

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