Volume 1 | Issue 2 | November 2017
National Transformation Network Gathers at AAMC
Members of the National Transformation Network joined the Kern Institute at the AAMC Annual Meeting in Boston to lead a national conversation on the need to change how medical students are educated with a focus on character, competence, and caring.
The work of the National Transformation Network members was featured in several academic sessions at the conference, including three roundtable discussions focused on the role of character in medical student admissions, in the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education, and in clinical settings.
During the conference, the founding members of the National Transformation Network were honored in a special reception that featured remarks by Darrell Kirch, MD, President of the AAMC, as well as the President of the Kern Family Foundation, and MCW leaders. Speaking during the reception, Dr. Kirch commented on how impressive it was to see the commitment and collaboration underway through the Kern Institute and the National Transformation Network.
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.

UCSF and MCW to Present
Course 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.

Early-bird registration ends December 15, 2017 . For more information or to register for this course, click here: Developing Medical Educators of the 21st Century.
New Look to Website
Visit our newly expanded website at MedEd Next .org, where you can learn more about our mission, how the National Transformation Network was formed, and what long-term strategies we are working on.
Join us for the Kern Institute Grand Rounds on
Thursday, January 25, 2018
The Kern Institute proudly welcomes
Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, who will present
Medical Education: Where Are We and Where Should We Be?

Dr. Cooke is co-author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency. She is the inaugural Director of Education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools at the University of California, San Francisco. As a Senior Scholar of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, she co-directed a national study of medical education. Read more about Dr. Cooke

Thursday, January 25, 2018
9:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, Alumni Center
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

MCW Hosts Student Information
and Listening Sessions

The MCW Pillar Directors have conducted three listening sessions with students over the past few weeks. These meetings provided an overview of the Kern Institute, explained the goals and objectives, and gathered student feedback. This collaboration is one of the ways we plan to improve the educational experience for all students at MCW. A few of the recurring topics of conversation have been regarding the following:
  • Learning communities that would combine faculty mentors with integrated M1-M4 student groups
  • Increasing patient encounters in the M1 and M2 years
  • Meaningful wellness and mindfulness programs for students
Highlights from the AAMC
Learn Serve Lead 2017
Over 4,500 AAMC conference attendees spent multiple days in Boston during early November learning through workshops, plenary sessions and networking events that highlighted contributions to innovation, research, and community in medical education.

MCW contributed to the learning through sharing content for these sessions:
  • Making Gifts Transformational at Your Institution
  • The Development of Self-Regulation in Medical Learners: Opportunities Across the Continuum
  • Focused Discussion and Lunch: Three Character topics
  • Highlights in Medical Education Research: Self-Assessment, Self-Direction
Character Conversations from the AME
with student Mark Liston
The Association for Moral Education (AME) held their 43rd annual conference in St. Louis on November 2-4. MCW's Sandra Pfister, PhD, and Ryan Spellecy, PhD, attended as representatives of the Kern Institute, presenting posters and attending sessions.

One of the big takeaways, according to Dr. Spellecy, is that character can be measured. "Character can be measured," says Spellecy, "but we have to clearly define what we mean by character in a detailed fashion, and then identify what interventions have been empirically shown to produce the effects we seek before we should turn to measurement. Additionally, we need to focus on the whole character, not just the good, and not just the bad. If one focuses only on character strengths, for example, one might create really excellent criminals . The ability to understand someone else's perspective is essential for a physician, but also for a con man. Focusing on the whole character can avoid this. Lastly, there is debate over whether people are consistent in their character, or if character is better understood as a series of coherent, successive selves that are always changing over time."

To view the posters, please click on the links provided below.
Spotlight on MCW Pillar 2: Transforming Students

Pillar 2 , led by Michael Lund, MD, is the MCW group working on the transformation of stu dents. This group is working on several tasks to improve the lives and experiences of our medical students. First, they will enhance our pipeline programs, designed to attract the best and brightest students from diverse backgrounds to our medical school and other medical schools, focusing on students who will practice medicine w ith a firm foundation of collaborative leadership and good character.

A dditionally, Dr. Lund's team is looking at ways to transform the medical school admissions process both here and with our partners in the National Transformation Network, placing more emphasis on qualities like character and caring in addition to the traditional admissions criteria.   Finally, they aim to improve leadership experiences, student well-being, and the clinical learning environment in general through broad initiatives involving faculty, staff, housestaff, and residents.
On the Must-Read List:
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD
In his bestselling book, Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, fearlessly reveals the struggles of caring for the dying in his profession.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Dr. Gawande reveals how doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. In examining his limitations and failures as life draws to a close, he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.

For a more in-depth look at Being Mortal, click here for the NY Times book review or you can watch the Frontline video featuring Dr. Gawande's personal journey.
Transformation Journal is produced monthly by MedEd Next
MCW Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education