Transformation Journal
Volume 2 | Issue 8 | September 2018
Help us Celebrate
International Character Day!
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Wednesday, September 26th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
MCW Kern Institute Suite | First Floor MEB M1990

Join us as we celebrate International Character Day on Wednesday, September 26th. Come meet our staff and faculty leaders and learn about our work, including how the Kern National Transformation Network defines character. Take a picture in our character day photo booth, enjoy a cookie and enter to win fun prizes!
Register Today for Our Webinar
Practices of Caring: A Framework for Medical Education and Health Care
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Wednesday, October 3rd
3:00 - 4:00 pm CT


What does it mean to be a caring physician?
Can you be a competent physician without caring?

While all of our education and health care systems value caring as a core part of our missions, competing interests (financial constraints, productivity, competition for GME) can create challenges in actually practicing care, not only for our patients, but for our learners, our faculty and staff, and our organizations themselves. This session will present a conceptual framework for practices of care and will pose the general question: “How would our programs and systems be different if caring were the central organizing idea, and what feasible changes can we make to bring this about?” 

Presented by
Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC , Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, Executive Vice President Educational Affairs, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH , Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Religion and Health Policy, Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD , Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology, Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School.
2018 MCW Kern Innovative Ideas Initiative: I 3

The MCW Kern Institute's Innovative Ideas Initiative (I 3 ) launched in early 2018 with a call for ideas on how to deploy the triple aim of character, competence, and caring in medical education. After thoughtful review, thirteen innovative ideas were selected for funding and the teams began refining and scoping their projects through the process of human-centered design. On September 5th, we celebrated the launch of the final projects with a program featuring presentations from all the teams.

Each month we will highlight one of the innovation projects currently underway and ask that you engage with the team if you have an insight or special knowledge that would be helpful to the success of their project. This month we will begin with a project led by Katarina Stark, Aamer Ahmed and Alexandria Bear, MD. Please contact Kate at kstark@mcw.edu if you have any questions or are able to collaborate on this project.

Engraining Empathy
Through experiential learning, we will nurture empathy as a skill that leads to better outcomes for patients and builds caring, character and competence in future and current physicians.
Welcome to
the Kern Institute

The Kern Institute is proud to introduce Chris Stawski, PhD, who will be working in an newly-expanded role thanks to the generosity of the Kern Family Foundation. His primary focus will be to elevate the collective work of the Kern National Transformation Network in character development.

Chris is a consultant to The Kern Family Foundation, advising on the development of the Foundation's initiatives in character. Previously, he served for ten years at the John Templeton Foundation, where he was a Vice President leading a high-energy, R&D philanthropic unit worth more than $100 million across the Foundation’s donor intent focused on proactively developing cross-disciplinary projects and initiatives for the President. He developed new grant programs on a global scale to advance themes such as awe, curiosity, future-mindedness, gratitude, imagination, joy, purpose, and wisdom through academic research, educational intervention, and public engagement. Prior to his role as a Vice President, Chris was a Program Officer managing portfolios in character development, freedom and free enterprise, genius and gifted education, and the human sciences.

Chris is a High Honors graduate of Swarthmore College, with a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in methodological issues in the study of religion at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. He is Chairman of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) based in London, UK and was a Visitor from 2016-2017 in the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Registration Open
Kern National Transformation Network Webinar
Practices of Caring as a Framework for Medical Education and Health Care
by Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education, Executive Vice President Educational Affairs, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Keith Meador, MD, ThM, MPH, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Religion and Health Policy, Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology, Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm CT

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Co-Sponsored Grand Rounds Presentation
The Respect Blind Spot: Differentiating Between Two Types, and How to Strike the Right Balance
by Kristie Rogers, PhD, Marquette University
Monday, October 22, 2018
9:00 - 10:00 am in the Alumni Center, Medical College of Wisconsin

Registration Open
MCW Kern Institute Co-Sponsored Program
Speak Up in Challenging Clinical Educational Environments
Facilitated by Marty Muntz, MD, Michael Lund, MD, Cassie Ferguson, MD, and Kristina Kaljo, PhD
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:45 - 9:00 am in HRC Auditorium, Medical College of Wisconsin

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Student-Led Journal Club
Love and Respect: The Building Blocks of Medical Student Professionalism
b y Mawusi Kamassah, MD Candidate, Class of 2019 and
James Reneau, MD/MS Candidate, Class of 2019
Wednesday, October 24 , 2018
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm in A6520, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Registration Open
Kern National Transformation Network Webinar
Join us for the last in our three-part webinar series dedicated to exploring Character, Competence, and Caring in Medical Education
by  Catherine R Lucey, MD, Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education, The Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair in Medical Education, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and Sue Cox, MD, Executive Vice dean of Academics and chair of the Department of Medical Education, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin 
Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:00 - 4:00 pm CT

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Healing in Healthcare: Lessons from Clinicians and Patients
by Larry Churchill, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time and Place TBA, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Save the Date
MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Professionalism in the Clinical Learning Environment
by Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time and Place TBA, Medical College of Wisconsin
Registration Opens Soon

Save the Date
Kern National Transformation Network Conference
Developing Medical Educators of the 21 st  Century Conference
February 25-27, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Registration Opens on October 1, 2018
Book Suggestion:
Thanks for the Feedback
The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well
by Douglas Stone &
Sheila Heen

The coauthors of the  New York Times –bestselling  Difficult Conversations  take on the toughest topic of all: how we see ourselves.

Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen have spent the past fifteen years working with corporations, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. In  Thanks for the Feedback , they explain why receiving feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, offering a simple framework and powerful tools to help us take on life’s blizzard of offhand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited input with curiosity and grace. They blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice.  Thanks for the Feedback  is destined to become a classic in the fields of leadership, organizational behavior, and education.

You can read an except of the book here.
Just in Case You Missed it...


MCW Kern Institute Grand Rounds Presentation
Friday, September 7, 2018
Virtue and the Meaning of Life
by Candace Vogler, PhD, University of Chicago


Kern National Transformation Network Webinar
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Character in Medical Education: What is it and Why Should It Matter?
by Ryan Spellecy, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin, Christian Miller, PhD, Wake Forest University and Author of The Character Gap, and Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.


Vanderbilt Grand Rounds Presentation
Monday, September 17, 2018
Character and Practices of Care
by Bill Cutrer, MD, MEd, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


MCW Kern Institute Cafe Discussion
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Clinical Learning Environment:
Why Should We Care?
by Marty Muntz, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Transformation Journal is produced monthly by the MCW Kern Institute/MedEd Next
MCW Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education