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Words of Hope, Character & Resilience from our Virtual Community
Friday, March 25, 2022
In This Issue Celebrating Women's History Month:
Director's Corner


Poetry Corner
  • Maya Angelou: Still I Rise
Director's Corner

Wo-mentoring: How a Mentor Shaped my Career and Helped me Find my Voice

By Adina Kalet, MD, MPH

In this week’s Transformational Times, and in celebration of Woman’s History Month, Dr. Kalet reflects on the role one of her most beloved mentors played in introducing her to her best self and to the work of other women who guided her growth and development …

We must never forget the role of luck.
- Jo Anne Earp, ScD, March 20, 2022 
I hadn’t anticipated feeling so lost. After a very taxing three years as an Internal Medicine resident, I had finally become a confident, albeit junior, physician. Despite this accomplishment I was struck dumb—literally unable to speak—while sitting around a conference table with my new colleagues, the cohort of Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholars. The fellowship program faculty, all men, were sharing their expectations that we become “influence leaders” and “change agents” as we learned to “ask and answer only the most important questions.” 

She Said, She Said: A Reflection on Mentoring

By Ariel Bodker, MD and Jacquelyn Kulinski, MD, FASPC

In honor of Women’s History month, we asked Drs. Bodker and Kulinski reflect on the their longitudinal mentoring relationship …

Pedagogy in Medical Education: My Perspective as a Teacher Educator

By Jenny Brownson, PhD

Effective and engaging pedagogy for all learners has been my motto as a teacher educator for soon to be elementary school teachers. The chance to work with medical college instructors and employ this same motto was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up...

As an elementary teacher educator, employing pedagogical techniques that bring elementary students to academic excellence is part of my job. Additionally, as an instructor of adult learners, I have the same task; I search for pedagogical techniques that guide them to academic excellence. So…what if the content was different? In the case at the Medical College of Wisconsin: take out elementary education curriculum and students, and insert medical college curriculum and instructors. But I’m getting ahead of myself...
KICS Journal Club Recap

Understanding the Medical Education Publishing Landscape: A Reflection from the March 2022 KICS Journal Club

By Amy Farkas, MD, Michael Braun, PhD, and Kristina Kaljo, PhD

In this recap of the March 2022 Kern Institute Collaboration for Scholarship (KICS) medical education journal club, Drs. Farkas, Braun, and Kaljo discuss key points from their discussion with Journal of General Internal Medicine editor Dr. Jeff Jackson ...
By Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
Words from our readers...
What are you most looking forward to this spring?

Another grandchild!

—Bruce Campbell, Faculty

A day reading at the beach.

For this week's reflection prompt, please answer the following question:

Share a story about a great April Fool's Day prank you did or had done to you.

The Unfit Brain and the Limits of Moral Bioenhancement
By Fabrice Jotterand, PhD

This important and timely book fills a gap in the literature to inform the scientific and medical community, and society at large, on the potential use of moral bioenhancement techniques in clinical psychiatry. The book offers a critical examination of the neuroscientific realities of altering or manipulating moral behavior through technological means and argues that more conceptual work is required before potential implementation in clinical practice.

Join AWSM on March 31, 2022 for the following sessions:

  • 12:00 pm: Administrative Professionals – Past, Present, & Future 
  • 2:00 pm: Strategies to Increase Your Publishing Success & Accelerate Promotion in Academic Medicine with Julie Silver, MD  
  • 4:00 pm: How to Make Science More Exciting and Accessible: Creating Compelling Scientific Figures and Graphs with Laura Flores, MD-PhD candidate 
March 31, 2022
Zoom Presentation
12:00 pm CT  

Call for Submissions for 2022 KNN Conference

Faculty, staff and learners at KNN founding member schools are invited to submit a proposal for various presentation types and a poster session at the 2022 KNN Conference.

The theme is "Connect, Convene, Catalyze Toward Flourishing" and submissions should emphasize caring, character, practical wisdom and/or human flourishing in medicine.

Submissions are due before Midnight PT on April 1, 2022.

The Kern KINETICTeaching Academy is Recruiting for the
2022-2023/4 Cohorts

The Kern Institute’s KINETIC3 Teaching Academy is a professional enrichment program to support thriving, confident educators across the health professions by integrating the 3C’s of character, caring, and competence with a deep understanding of effective pedagogy. In this, we aim to foster a regional and national network of professionals who, collectively, will transform medical education.

All faculty, APPs, staff, senior residents and fellows are encouraged to apply! 
The Excellence in Teaching Track (EiT) 2022-2023 
  • Year-Long Track
  • Equip Participants with teaching skills for the classroom and/or bedside
  • Our core 3Cs curriculum (Character, Caring, Competence)
  • Interactive curriculum through monthly workshops
  • Teaching observations, in which experienced coaches will identify in real-time opportunities to strengthen teaching skills and provide constructive feedback
  • Creation of a professional Teaching Portfolio

The Medical Education Research (MER) Track 2022-2024
  • Two-year long track
  • Goal to develop skills in educational scholarship and pedagogy
  • Participants will produce a medical education capstone project
  • Guided by structures educational research and human-centered design curriculum with the support of a mentor
  • Delivered in day-long boot camps
  • Complimented with rotating monthly writing circles to provide time focused on capstone work

Applications are OPEN and are due on March 31, 2022 by midnight

Do you have more questions about KINETIC3?

Four lunchtime information sessions will be held for anyone interested in applying but may still have questions. These sessions will be held from 12:00 - 12:30 pm via Zoom on:
  • March 8
  • March 10
  • March 16
  • March 22 

Email Vivian Dondlinger or to register and receive an Outlook calendar invitation for the session you would like to attend.
Register Now
2022 Well-Being Summit: Inhale, Exhale, and Engage: Harnessing Happiness, Joy, & Resilience in Healthcare
Proudly Sponsored by the Kern Institute

Please join us for the 2022 Well-Being Summit!
David Weill, MD, author of the book Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant will be providing the keynote address on the topic of burnout.
This event is open to all and anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to attend.

April 5, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CT  

Please email Venus Coates with any questions.
Register Now
The Art of Observation
An MCW Exhibition

Please join us for The Art of Observation: An MCW Art Exhibition. This gallery will feature the work of MCW students and faculty published in Auscult

Attendees will be invited to participate in Visual Thinking Strategies facilitated by The Art of Observation, a component of MCW's humanities-based curriculum. Visual thinking Strategies is a nationally recognized technique used to refine visual diagnostic skills through the discussion of fine art.

April 6, 2022
Hub A1015/1035
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CT 
Refreshments will be served, so please register in advance.
Please contact with any questions.
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Join us for a Virtual Home Organization Workshop for Medical Students

Ashley M. Hines, professional organizer, founder, and owner of Thee Tailored Life, partners to help people keep what serves them and organize spaces where they can thrive. In this session, she will share with you her organizing journey, the benefits of living organized, and practical ways to start and
stick with it!

April 7, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
12:00 - 1:00 pm CT  
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April Kern Connection Cafe: Finding Joy, Resilience and Character: My Medical Education Journey
With panelists Hallie Tolo, Morgan Ashley Craft, Sarah Torres and Peter Nguyen
Moderated by Malika Siker, MD

From serendipitous encounters to unexpected challenges, the path to becoming a physician is unique for each of our learners. While our students face academic rigors and clinical demands, they also find deep purpose and wonder in the pursuit of healing humankind. Join us as we hear how four of our M4 learners forged their resilience, built their character, and found joy during their journey in medical education, followed by a Q&A where they share their secrets to success.

April 14, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
4:00 - 5:00 pm CT  
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2022 Understanding Medical Professional Identity and Character Development Symposium

Join us for the second annual Understanding Medical Professional Identity and Character Development symposium. This year's half-day event will be held virtually on April 22, 2022. We will welcome keynote speaker Dr. Tasha Wyatt of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and also host workshops and discussion groups on major topics on PIF and character development. 
April 22, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm CT  

Please email Michael Braun or Penelope Lusk with any questions.
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2022 Summit on Advancing Equity in the Learning Environment

Please join us to explore, discuss and align our efforts in equity-focused initiatives in the learning environment! The summit will highlight how MCW incorporates equity into the learning environment while examining four areas: (1) Curriculum (2) Equitable Assessment and Mitigating Bias (3) Learning Environment Culture and (4) Equity in Research Education.
April 28, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
9:00 am - 1:00 pm CT  
Please email Devarati Syam or Malika Siker with any questions.
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Curriculum Planning Virtual Retreat

The Curriculum Innovation team invites you to register for a virtual half-day retreat on Monday, May 2, from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. We invite all faculty, staff and students to attend and share feedback on some of the curricular models. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope you'll join us!

May 2, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
8:00 am - 12:00 pm CT  

Register Now
Faculty Development Day: Thriving at All Stages of Your Career

The Office of Faculty Affairs is thrilled to host an all virtual Faculty Development Day: Thriving At All Stages of Your Career. This annual one-day event provides resources to enhance overall faculty professional development in a variety of areas, with a special keynote address at noon.

Many Kern Institute faculty are contributing to sessions at this event, with Dr. Adina Kalet facilitating a Mentoring Intensive Workshop. Registration for this Workshop is limited and only open through the end of March.

May 12, 2022
Virtual via Zoom
8:00 am - 5:00 pm CT  

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