Transformation Journal
Volume 2 | Issue 4 | April 2018
The Kern Institute proudly welcomes George E. Thibault, MD
President of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, who will present:

The Reform of Health Professions Education: Interprofessional and

As a respected educator and leader, Dr. Thibault has been instrumental in the innovation of health professions education and a champion for the widespread adoption of interprofessional, team-based education and care.
Dr. Thibault has been a driving force in the transformation of graduate medical education, interprofessional education, and team-based competencies. He also established the Macy Faculty Scholars Program, which brings together medical and nursing educators to work with the Macy Foundation to innovate reforms in health professions education.
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:00-9:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, HRC Auditorium
To register, click here.

You may also join by Live Stream.
To participate in the discussion while live-streaming,
please email your questions to
Grand Rounds This Thursday!

What is it, How Good Are We,
and How Can We Become Better?

The Kern Institute proudly welcomes  Christian B. Miller, PhD , author of  The Character Gap: How Good Are We?  who will present April Grand Rounds at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Miller is a Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University and Director of The Character Project, which is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton World Charity Foundation.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
9:00-10:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, HRC Auditorium
To register,  click here.

You may also join by  Live Stream.
To participate in the discussion while live-streaming,
please email your questions to

Coming Soon
Teaching Academy: KINETIC 3

Ali Harrington, MD, Kern Institute Faculty Pillar Director
The Kern Institute is proud to announce the launch of KINETIC 3 , the K ern IN stitute’s E ducational T ransformation I n teaching C ompetence, C aring, and C haracter, for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) faculty. Our teaching academy is a certificate program which will provide foundational and transformational training for medical educators in teaching theory, character and caring in medical education, and entrepreneurial-minded learning, using a flipped classroom model. Great emphasis will be placed on fostering the skills needed for the 21st century medical educator, building a community of highly skilled educators at MCW, and promoting faculty and student well-being.

The KINETIC 3 curriculum will run the course of a year, during which time participants will enroll in a series of required workshops and elective courses tailorable to the faculty’s specific educational interest, as well as complete a capstone project. Faculty can expect a time commitment of approximately 60 hours during that year, much of which will be flexible across preparatory work, courses, and the capstone project. 

Required course topics include: character in medical education, adult learning theory, teaching methods, curriculum and course design, teaching to culturally diverse learners, educational scholarship, measurement and assessment, caring in education, and entrepreneurial-minded learning. Elective topics include: interprofessional education, remediation, feedback, exam question writing, competency-based assessment, bedside teaching, teaching health systems science, and reflection. Further, each faculty will participate in a peer-mentored capstone project, wherein an academic product, centered around teaching competence, caring, and/or character, will be generated, individually or within small, collaborative groups and presented to MCW leadership.     

Enrollment in KINETIC 3 will begin in the next few weeks, with orientation in July 2018 and coursework starting shortly thereafter. Look for additional advertisement during MCW’s Innovations In Healthcare Education Research Conference on April 26th. Applications will be available shortly after on InfoScope and will require a letter of chair support.  There is no charge for enrollment. If you are passionate about medical education and hope to model competence, caring, and character at the bedside or in your classroom, please apply!    
Kern Institute Journal Club
The Implications of the Philosophy of Medicine for Medical Education

Please join us for a journal club discussion led by Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Equity, Bioethics.

To prepare for the discussion, please pre-read the article at: .

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
4:00-5:00 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin, Alumni Center

To register,   click here .

You may also join by  Live Stream .
To participate in the discussion while live-streaming,
please email your questions to  kerninstitute@mcw.e d u

April 19, 2018
Grand Rounds with Dr. Christian Miller
9:00 - 10:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, HRC Auditorium
To register, click here.

April 20, 2018
Kaleidoscope Presentation: Become an Agent of Change
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin, Discovery Classroom

April 25, 2018
Kern Institute Journal Club
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin, Alumni Center
To register, click here.

April 26, 2018
MCW Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin, Kerrigan Auditorium/Various Breakout Rooms
For more information, click here.

May 7, 2018
Presentation by Dr. George Thibault
8:00 - 9:00 am
Medical College of Wisconsin, HRC Auditorium
For more information, click here.

May 17, 2018
Webinar: Conversations in IPE: Lessons Learned About Organizing IPE Across a State
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Eastern Time
Sponsored by University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
For more information, click here.

May 18, 2018
26th Annual UW Medical Education Day
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
UW School of Medicine & Public Health, Health Sciences Learning Center
To register, click here .

September 20-22, 2018
GRIT for Women in Medicine: Growth, Resilience, Inspiration, & Tenacity
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Truckee, CA
To register, click here.
This course, sponsored by Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, will empower women and men in medicine with the skills and resources to remove barriers and bias of women in leadership positions specific to the challenges in healthcare. Leaders in business and healthcare will present evidence-based strategies to promote professional development and enhance personal well-being.
26th Annual Medical Education Day
Friday, May 18, 2018
UW School of Medicine & Public Health
Health Sciences Learning Center
Madison, Wisconsin

This event promises to be a full-day learning and networking opportunity for faculty and staff educators who teach health professional students across the state of Wisconsin. Sessions will focus on enhancing teaching and learning and celebrate outstanding achievements in teaching.

The combined Medical Education Day and Clerkship Educational Retreat aims to:
  • Explore effective teaching and learning best practices, as well as best practices in assessment and technology for health profession education
  • Network with colleagues who teach at UWSMPH and across the state of Wisconsin
  • Share current and planned medical education initiatives, programs and innovations

For more information, click here.
Just in Case You Missed it...
The Kern Institute hosted a Grand Rounds on March 29.
If you weren't able to attend, you may view the event recording below.
March 29, 2018
Grand Rounds Presentation

Trading Places: A doctor who found himself on the other end of the stethoscope.

Doctors who find themselves a patient instead of a caregiver face many challenges. Dr. David P. Carbone, an Ohio State oncologist who survived lymphoma, shared his personal story with us. View the recording of this event here.
April's Book Suggestion:
Designing Your Life:
How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

For more information, click here.
Transformation Journal is produced monthly by MedEd Next
MCW Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education