Transformation Journal
Volume 3 | Issue 3 | May/June 2019

Kern Institute Announces Incoming Director
Beginning September 1
Ideas Initiative
Projects Announced

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas to the Kern Institute's 2019 Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2). It was difficult to choose from all the thoughtful and creative ideas we received, but ultimately we selected ten projects to move forward, including five digital app projects, one interdisciplinary project, and two student-led projects!

Each of the ten teams will engage in an entrepreneurial mindset - design thinking approach to develop and scope their project this summer, as well as receiving technical support and coaching throughout the year-long advancement of their work.

Join the Celebration!
Thursday, September 12 from 5-7pm
for the official launch of the program year with presentations
by each of the project teams, followed by a reception.
Rescheduled Grand Rounds!
November 21, 2019
9:00am | Bolger Auditorium
Grand Rounds Presentation
by Dr. Rana Awdish

The Kern Institute is excited to welcome Dr. Awdish to MCW on Thursday, November 21, 2019 for a Grand Rounds presentation and book signing.

The Kern Institute is the proud sponsor of the 2019 MCW Common Read. This student-led initiative strives to provide a foundation for conversations around change, compassion, caring, and character.

This year's book “In Shock” by Dr. Rana Awdish, chronicles Dr. Awdish on her journey through a life-threatening medical emergency and its aftermath. Throughout the course of her journey, she flips the lens on the medical system and balks at the gaps in caring and compassion, while also questioning the competence of her physicians and caregivers. Caring, competence, and character dance in and out of this purposely raw novel, demanding readers take a critical look at themselves as practitioners.
Fall Event Schedule

Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
by Will Ross, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Diversity, Washington University School of Medicine
Thursday, August 22, 2019
9:00 am, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mark your calendar - registration opens soon!

Kern Institute Celebration!
Transformational Ideas Initiative Launch Celebration!
2019-20 Project Presentations & Reception
Thursday, September 12, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 pm, Medical College of Wisconsin, Alumni Center

Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
by Mona Signer, MPH, President & CEO, The Match
Thursday, September 19, 2019
9:00 am, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mark your calendar - registration opens soon!

Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
My Journey from Death to Recovery
by Rana Awdish, MD, Author of  In Shock
Thursday, November 21, 2019
9:00 am, Bolger Auditorium, Medical College of Wisconsin
Kern Institute Receives National Recognition for Character Education

The Kern Institute has been named a Promising Practices Recipient from , a national forum dedicated to fostering character development across the United States.

Many activities being implemented by the Kern Institute at MCW, as well as work done in collaboration with the Kern National Network, were cited as unique approaches to comprehensive character development worthy of this national recognition.
Innovative Ideas Initiative Celebration

Congratulations to all the teams who presented their innovation projects on April 29 at the closing celebration of the 2018-19 Innovative Ideas Initiative!

To view the project posters, please use the link to our website
below and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Well-Being Summit
Hosted by the Kern Institute
On May 1, the Kern Institute hosted leaders from MCW and its health system partners to collaborate on how to improve the personal and professional
well-being of our learners.
MCW Collaborative Curriculum Workshop
The Kern Institute partnered with the Office of Medical Student Curriculum to host a collaborative curriculum workshop on May 14. MCW education leaders shared feedback and identified opportunities for collaboration on several curriculum-related topics. Presentations included:

  • Teaching/Assessment of Clinical Reasoning by Jay Patel
  • Learning Communities by Kurt Pfeifer
  • Clinical Learning Environment Optimization by Marty Muntz
  • Reflection in MedEd by Kathlyn Fletcher
  • Interprofessional Education by Erica Chou
  • Teaching/Assessment of Communication Skills by Mary Ann Gilligan
  • Course/Program Evaluation Best Practices by Travis Webb
  • Classroom Attendance by Jeff Fritz and Sally Twining
  • Direct Observation of Clinical Skills by Kerrie Quirk
KINIETIC3 Teaching Academy
Class of 2019 Celebration

Congratulations to all the learners, mentors and instructors who made the inaugural year of the Kern Institute's KINETIC3 Teaching Academy a success!

A celebration was held on June 5 with a presentation of the capstone projects completed by academy learners this year. To view the capstone project posters, please follow the link to our website below and expand the section titled "Capstone Projects" halfway down the page.
What We're Reading Now...
Compassionate Connection
David Rakel, MD

Through a deep reflection of his interactions with his patients, his dedication to practicing mindfulness, and his research, Dr. David Rakel explains how we can strengthen our bonds with others—all the while doing emotional and physical good for ourselves.

As founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine program, Dr. Rakel discovered that we become the most effective helpers when we use the tool of human connection. Drawing on his own research and practice, as well as years of published studies in medicine, sociology, psychology, meditation, and neuroscience, Dr. Rakel "stacks the deck" in favor of healing and introduces the concept of bio-psycho-spiritual authentic awareness. Not only are our bodies and minds connected, but also it has been scientifically proven that our capacity to feel beauty, awe, and compassion enhances our health and well-being.
Transformation Journal is produced by MCW Kern Institute Communications
MCW Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education