Transformation Journal
Volume 2 | Issue 10 | Nov/Dec 2018

Kern NTN Focuses on Caring as part of the Triple Aim of Medical Education

In November 2018, members of the Kern National Transformation Network (NTN) met in beautiful, sunny Austin in the heart of the Dell Medical School to tackle important issues in medical education and health care today. One of the many issues discussed was the importance of caring in medicine and medical education. 

Traditionally, caring has been considered women’s work and relegated to the more private domains of life. Recently, the value of caring has shifted and is now regarded as a strength in medicine. The field of nursing has a rich history of dedicating time and energy to developing caring as a practice and evaluating caring as it relates to patient outcomes and clinical learning environments. However, since caring is equally important in the other medical professions, it requires thoughtful reflection and practice by all care team members.  

The Kern NTN discussed the importance of raising awareness that caring is something physicians, residents, medical students, and medical educators need to practice and attend to in their daily work. In order to foster habits of caring, there needs to be intentional awareness about caring behaviors and expectations such as attentiveness, responsibility, competence and responsiveness.  

In addition, the Kern NTN reflected on practices of caring across all of healthcare and healthcare teams. Caring is not only about the care provided to patients, but all aspects of what matters to people - if health systems don't value caring, it will be hard to practice caring as health professionals within that system. 
The Kern NTN is excited about working together to develop a common definition and framework for caring in medical education.     

If you haven’t had an opportunity to watch the NTN webinar Practices of Caring: A Framework for Medical Education and Health Care, visit: Practices of Caring.

L-R: Chris Stawski, MCW Kern Institute; Annemarie Probst, Kern Family Foundation;
Stephanie Starr, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine; Andrea Leep Hunderfund, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine; and Sue Cox, UT Austin Dell Medical School.
MCW's 2019 Common Read Sponsored by
The Kern Institute

The Kern Institute is proud to sponsor the 2019 MCW Common Read. This student-led initiative strives to provide a foundation for conversations around change, compassion, caring, and character. This forum is meant to enrich the learning experiences of our students and unite MCW, including medical, pharmacy, and graduate students, as well as residents, trainees, faculty, and staff on all campuses.
This year, they have selected “In Shock” by Dr. Rana Awdish, which 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.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Awdish to MCW on Thursday, April 18, 2019 for a Grand Rounds presentation and to sign copies of her book. Leading up to April, there will be moderated book discussions and other fun ways to engage throughout MCW. Readers are invited to submit a book review, creative writing piece, poem, or a drawing about the book to be featured on the Common Read Blog. 

For more information, please visit . To get up-to-date information pertaining to the program and events, follow @mcwreads on Instagram. Finally, show off your book and the program by using #mcwcommonread on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Registration Open
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Professionalism in the Clinical Learning Environment
by Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, January 17, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Alumni Center, Medical College of Wisconsin

Registration Open
MCW Department of Medicine Seminar
Joy in Medicine
by Cassie Ferguson, Medical College of Wisconsin
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., HUB A8520, Medical College of Wisconsin

Registration Open
MCW Kern Institute Connection Cafe
When Things Can't Be Fixed: Stories of Caring and Resilience
by Wendy Peltier, MD and Callisia Clarke, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Thursday, January 31, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 p.m., HUB A1015, Medical College of Wisconsin

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Holistic Admissions
by Quinn Capers, MD, Ohio State University
Thursday, February 14, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Alumni Center, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Registration Open
Kern National Transformation Network Conference
Developing Medical Educators of the 21 st  Century Conference
February 25-27, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
American Refugee: Dishwasher to Doctor
by Heval Kelli, MD, Emory University
Monday, March 4, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m., HRC Auditorium, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
My Journey from Death to Recovery
by Rana Awdish, MD, Author of In Shock
Thursday, April 18, 2019
9:00 - 10:00 a.m., HRC Auditorium, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Sponsored Speaker
Carrie Falk Memorial Lecture
by Ira Byock, MD, Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time TBA, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon
2018 MCW
Innovative Ideas Initiative

One of the projects the Kern Institute funded through the 2018 Innovative Ideas Initiative was put forth by Austin Dopp, MD Candidate 2021, and Nathan Klesmith, MD Candidate 2021.
Austin and Nathan have been working to create a virtual clinic video library to help medical students improve their experience by using educationally-based interviews with patients who are willing to share their health history, including how they were diagnosed with a particular illness, what their health system experience has been like, and how their illness affects their daily life. Austin and Nathan believe these videos will augment the standard medical school curriculum in a way that increases empathy and understanding, as well as improving information retention.

One of the first illnesses the team worked on was Type I Diabetes. We're pleased to share the Interview and the Physical Exam videos links for your viewing. The project team has also created a Virtual Clinic Website .

Austin and Nathan welcome your feedback and any suggestions you have for their future recordings. Please contact them via their website linked above or at or
Congratulations to UCSF / Kern NTN's Catherine Lucey, MD

Elected to the
National Academy of Medicine
Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Congratulations to MCW / Kern Institute's Cassie Ferguson, MD

Recipient of the Medical College of Wisconsin's 2018 Professionalism Enrichment Award

MCW Kern Institute Presents Character Poster

Ryan Spellecy, PhD, presented his team's work Facilitating Conversations About Character at the 2018 AAMC Learn Serve Lead Conference in Austin, Texas. This work helped inform the Kern National Transformation Network's definition of character.
Book Suggestion:

The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Emperor of All Maladies  is a profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago and all the way through the epic battles of the twentieth century to cure it.

Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.”

Follow this link to read the review of this book by the New York Times .
Just in Case You Missed it...

MCW Kern Institute Cafe Discussion
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Narrative Medicine and Reflective Writing
by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin

MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Healing in Healthcare: Lessons from Clinicians and Patients
by Larry Churchill, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kern National Transformation Network Webinar Series
Character in Medical Education: What is it and Why Should it Matter?
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Practices of Caring: A Framework for Medical Education & Health Care
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Fulfilling Medical Education's Social Contract: Educating Physician's for Competence
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Transformation Journal is produced monthly by the MCW Kern Institute and the Kern National Transformation Network
MCW Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education