Volume 1 | Issue 3 | December 2017
As we reflect on the past year, I would like to thank all of you for contributing to an exceptional first year of development for the Kern Institute, the National Transformation Network, and MedEd Next. We are very fortunate to have the engagement of exceptional leaders from across the nation, as well as strong MCW faculty, staff, students, and healthcare partners committed to transforming medical education with a focus on character, competence, and caring.

We have much to be proud of, and I look forward to working with you to advance the work of this national movement in the coming year.

On behalf of the Kern institute and our NTN partners, we wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best in the new year!

Best Regards,

Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD
Stephen and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair, Professor and Founding Director
Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education
The National Transformation Network
Identifies Initial Priorities for 2018
Historically, medical education has excelled in equipping student physicians with the knowledge and skills to be competent physicians. However, it has not placed the same importance and resources in ensuring the development of the physician’s professional character and identity. With the ever-changing demands in the health care environment, practicing physicians continue to be met with complex challenges that test their ability to make the best decisions for their patients as well as their own care.
Over the past year, the Kern Institute and the National Transformation Network (NTN) - a consortium of seven medical schools, including MCW - has made significant progress toward laying the foundation for advancing transformation of medical education with a commitment to addressing these challenges through a focus on the Triple Aim of Medical Education: character, competence, and caring.
Recently, the NTN launched cross-institutional workgroups in several key areas that will become the focus of their work together in 2018. These areas of focus include: holistic admissions, faculty development, and enhancing the learning environment. In addition, the NTN is developing collaborative strategies to advance women’s leadership and student-driven strategies for improving medical education, among other emerging areas.
Through this work and a commitment to collaborating across institutions, the NTN aims to speed the rate of change in medical education through increased knowledge sharing and testing innovations across institutions to create the ideal physician of the future. Learn more about the National Transformation Network partners and share your thoughts on the Triple Aim of Medical Education.
Members of the network include the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, MCW School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Grand Rounds: Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Kern Institute proudly welcomes
Molly Cooke, MD , MACP, who will present
Medical Education: Where Are We and Where Should We Be?

Dr. Cooke is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and Co-Author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical
Thursday, January 25, 2018
9:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, HRC Auditorium
To Register, please click here.
Don't Miss This
Innovative Conference for Medical Educators
The University of California San Francisco and the Medical College of Wisconsin will present a three-day intensive course for medical educators designed to explore:
  • Emerging trends in medical education
  • Strategies for curricular innovation
  • Innovative teaching methods to both clinical and foundational science teaching

Flexible programming topics will be offered in areas such as teaching clinical reasoning, creating equitable and inclusive learning environments, new models of faculty development, and curricular innovations.

For more information or to register for this course, click here: Developing Medical Educators of the 21st Century.
Join us on the journey to transform medical education! We want you to be engaged in the conversation on the triple aim of medical education: character, competence, and caring. Share your thoughts and ideas on our work and stay connected in between newsletters.

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Kern Connection Cafe Conversation

Promoting Resiliency and
Avoiding Burnout
led by Jennifer Apps and José Franco
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

MCW Cafeteria
Light refreshments will be served.
Please register here if you plan to attend.
Upcoming Grand Rounds
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 am | MCW Alumni Center
A Video Presentation of the
2017 AAMC Opening Plenary Session featuring
David Brooks, author of The Road To Character.
Facilitated by Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Thursday, March 29, 2018
9:00 am | MCW Alumni Center
Trading Places by David Carbone, MD, PhD, James Comprehensive Cancer Center,
The Ohio State University
MCW Team Focused on Transforming Curriculum

Led by Marty Muntz, MD, the MCW group dedicated to the transformation of medical education curricula is concentrating on several primary topic-based initiatives around character, competence, and caring. They are currently collaborating with other MedEd Next partner schools on a work group to more fully understand the complexities of the clinical learning environment and design interventions to address challenges to optimization for all participants. Additionally, they will focus on enhancing competency-based teaching and assessments (including but not limited to more challenging topics like communication and clinical reasoning skills) in the classroom and clinical settings, developing methods and tools to assist in longitudinal personal and professional development, identifying opportunities for interprofessional education and team skills development, and sharing a teaching methodology toolbox. 
Partnership and collaboration with key stakeholders and colleagues at MCW will be key to developing projects that promote excellence locally, while working towards the lofty long-term goals of the Kern Institute and MedEd Next nationally. Curriculum pillar faculty are seeking out opportunities to participate in and, eventually, lead national discussions around transformational topics such as transitioning from time-based to competency-based advancement through the continuum of medical education, optimizing true integration of basic science and clinical education, and developing meaningful lifelong learning, problem-solving, and leadership skills.   
December's Book Suggestion:
Educating Physicians, A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency
by Molly Cooke, David M. Irby and Bridget C. O'Brien
According to the authors of Educating Physicians, medical education in the United States is at a crossroads: those who teach medical students and residents must choose whether to continue in the direction established over a hundred years ago or to take a fundamentally different course, guided by contemporary innovation and new understandings about how people learn.

Emerging from an extensive study of physician education by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Educating Physicians calls for a major overhaul of the present approach to preparing doctors for their careers. The text addresses major issues for the future of the field and takes a comprehensive look at the most pressing concerns in physician education today.

The key findings of the study recommend four goals for medical education: standardization of learning outcomes and individualization of the learning process; integration of formal knowledge and clinical experience; development of habits of inquiry and innovation; and focus on professional identity formation. To read a summary of the study and its findings, click here.
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