Kern Institute: Transforming Medical Education

National Transformation Network Partners attending the June 8 launch of the Kern Institute
National Transformation Network Partners attending the June 8 launch of the Kern Institute include (l-r) Catherine Lucey, MD, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; Elizabeth Nelson, MD, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; Sue Cox, MD, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School; Stephanie Starr, MD, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine; Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Bill Cutrer, MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Rand Swenson, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Greg Ogrinc, MD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; and Elizabeth Petty, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

The next milestone in the Medical College of Wisconsin's journey to lead the way in transformational healthcare education is the recent establishment of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute). The Kern Institute is supported by an exceptionally generous gift of $37.8 million (the largest individual non-corporate gift ever given to MCW) by the Kern Family and the Kern Family Foundation.

In addition, Steve and Shelagh Roell provided a generous gift to establish the Stephen and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair of the Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education. These transformative gifts demonstrate how philanthropic partnerships enable MCW to drive innovation and solutions.

The Kern Institute, in partnership with a new National Transformation Network (a dedicated group of seven well-respected medical schools) will lead a movement to transform medical education across the continuum from pre-medical school to physician practice.

The Kern Institute at MCW will redefine medical education through the development of the Triple Aim for Medical Education, which will integrate core characteristics of physicians including character, caring and competence. The Triple Aim for Medical Education parallels and complements the Triple Aim for Health Care – better care, better value, better health – and will allow MCW to set a new standard for medical education.

Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, has been named the Stephen and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair, professor and founding director of the Kern Institute for a two-year term. Jose Franco, MD '90, GME '95, will serve as associate director.

Scenes from the event

MCW President and CEO Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr. (at right) chats with National Transformation Network Partners
MCW President and CEO Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr. (at right) chats with National Transformation Network Partners Dr. Stephanie Starr, Dr. Bonnie Miller and Dr. Bill Cutrer at the June 8 launch event at MCW.
More than 200 MCW faculty, staff, students and guests attend Kern Institute launch
More than 200 MCW faculty, staff, students and guests attended the official launch of the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education.

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