Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

Transforming medical education across the continuum by developing students and physicians who practice the Triple Aim of Medical Education: character, competence and caring

Kern Institute | Character


Kern Institute | Competence


Kern Institute | Caring


Kern Institute | National Transformation Network Partners

National Transformation Network

The National Transformation Network is a collaboration of medical schools committed to joining together and building on each other’s strengths to drive innovation, leverage resources and advance nation-wide change in medical education from pre-medical learning through physician practice.

Four Pillars of Transformation


Facilitating creative thinking and connecting with students in collaborative, interactive environments


Students entering medical school have strength of character worthy of the privilege of caring for inclusive communities


Fostering innovative ways to prepare students to meet the new demands of caring for the health of patients and populations

Culture & Systems Change

Versatility in understanding the multiple forces at work and the importance of having systems thinking at the core of change

Transformation is possible through partnerships.

The Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education was realized in partnership and with support from the Kern family, the Kern Family Foundation, and from Steve and Shelagh Roell. Their support will help the Kern Institute expand and inspire additional partners with a shared vision for building a new foundation for medical education.

Kern Institute | Partnerships

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