Transformational Times

Words of Hope, Character & Resilience from our Virtual Community

Friday, August 11, 2023

In this Issue: MedMoth

Guest Director's Corner: Bruce H. Campbell, MD FACS: Everyone has a story to tell: The universal appeal of MCW’s MedMoth

MedMoth Stories

Anatomy of Resilience

Poetry Corner

The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

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Imagine stepping into a time machine and journeying to any era in history. Which moment would you choose, and why?

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Responses from last week: Who is your favorite storyteller?

  • My grandmother, 'my Bauaji', who taught me all about life through mythology.
  • David Sedaris. -Anna Freiberg
  • Wallace Stegner (1909-1993) was an American writer and environmentalist. His novels and short stories are beautifully crafted and moving. -Bruce Campbell, MD
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Guest Director's Corner

Everyone has a story to tell: The universal appeal of MCW’s MedMoth 

By Bruce H. Campbell, MD FACS

Dr. Campbell shares why MCW’s MedMoth has been important to the community. Everyone has a story to tell ...

Life in medicine, from medical school to retirement, is an endless string of difficult and mundane tasks. Each task requires some level of attention, an intentional response and timely documentation. We are not alone; our colleagues in pharmacy, nursing, genetic counseling, social work, chaplaincy and other patient-facing professions face interminable streams of duties. Once the paperwork for each encounter is pushed into someone else’s inbox, we are on to our next assignment. And the next. And the next. We rarely glance up to see the horizon.

When we do take a moment, though, we can be amazed by what surrounds us. The live storytelling event MedMoth offers that opportunity. 

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MCW MedMoth: More than 40 stories shared, and still counting

By Linda Nwumeh

We can’t wait for the next MedMoth in November! Look how far we’ve come, and how strongly the MCW community has embraced the vulnerability and connection of live storytelling since our first MedMoth event a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit...

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The Dangers of Boredom

By Linda Nwumeh

The following story was presented live at the MedMoth storytelling event Nov. 17, 2022…

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Realizations from a cross-country road trip with an imposter syndrome hitchhiker

By Shannon Majewski

The following story was presented live at the MedMoth Storytelling event March 23, 2023…


“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that.” While the author is unknown, this is part of a quote frequently credited to American actress and comedian, Lily Tomlin. I’ll share the rest of this quote later, and how it relates.

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The anatomy of resilience: Reflections on the transformative path of medical school

By Joseph Harter

A medical student reflects on gaining resilience by overcoming doubt and fear, and the importance of mentorship in becoming a surgeon...

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The Summer Day

By Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean—

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?


Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

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Kern Institute Grand Rounds

Toward a Virtue-based Account 

of Racism in HealthCare

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023

Virtual (via Zoom)

9-10 a.m.

Please join us for a Grand Rounds presentation with Ian S. Peebles, PhD, Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics, Princeton University Center for Human Values.

Throughout the session, he will apply his theory of racism to issues in healthcare to demonstrate its ability to accurately capture the relevant phenomena in that domain. In improving our understanding of racism, he aims to generate more targeted reform that effectively mitigates racism and promotes human and societal flourishing.

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Webinar #2:

The Post-Dobbs Impact on Medical Education – UME, GME, and Beyond

Monday, Aug. 21

2:45pm – 4:00pm ET

Registration for the second webinar in the series is now open. This webinar will focus on the impact the Dobbs decision has had on learners’ curricular experience, as well as medical education leaders and program directors, and discuss how institutions are addressing training requirements in the context of reproductive health restrictions. Speakers will discuss curricular solutions as well as provide a learner perspective of how these changes may potentially impact learner's career choices. Extra time will be allotted for audience questions. 

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Call for Proposals — Residents and Fellows

The Kern Institute seeks proposals for the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Social and Well-being Award.

This award provides financial support for activities that enhance connectedness between GME programs. Activities must broadly address well-being and social connection, including picnics, athletics, trivia, community or volunteer events, speakers or reflection events, and more.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, Aug. 31.

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Humanities in Medicine event

Visual and Performing Artist Submissions:


Humanities in Medicine is presented by Froedtert Hospital’s Departments of Spiritual Services and Behavioral Health


Friday, September 8, 2023

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Froedtert Hospital Clinical Cancer Center

1st Floor - Helfaer Mezzanine


We are looking for Froedtert Health and MCW staff, physicians and patients to share their visual and performing art at our next Humanities in Medicine event. Some examples of the creative works we would like to include: drawing & painting, mixed media, fiber art, photography, poetry, spoken word, dancing, music, singing and acting.

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The Transformational Times publishes weekly, delivering stories of hope, character and resilience to our virtual community.

Wendy Peltier, MD and Himanshu Agrawal, MD, Co-Editors-in-Chief

Editorial Board: Bruce Campbell, MDKathlyn Fletcher, MD, Adina Kalet, MD, Karen Herzog, Justine Espisito, Joy Wick, William Graft. Jr., Julia Bosco, Linda Nwumeh, Wolf Pulsiano, Sophie Voss, & Emelyn Zaworski

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