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

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

Today’s medical training needs to be as much about the mastery of knowledge and technical skills as the development of character strengths and caring practices.

The Kern Institute is working to transform medical education to develop physicians who deliver high quality medical services in a caring and compassionate manner.

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Character and Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education

When classrooms and clinical rotations shut down in March 2020, medical school faculty, staff, and students craved connection, comfort, and guidance. Out of that need, the Kern Institute created a weekly newsletter, the Transformational Times, to gather and amplify the voices of those rushing to the front lines and of those who supported them.

The nascent community shared its reactions over the summer to racial injustice, in the fall to the COVID-19 surges and the return to school, and in the winter and spring to the continued societal discord and slow adjustment to the new normal. Character and Caring: A Pandemic Year in Medical Education, a collection of essays, stories, and creative responses, shares the voices of diverse members of the medical community and beyond through a year of disconnection and reconnection. With honesty and creativity, each contributor tries to discern what medical education–and our world–might look like on the other side.

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Upcoming Events

The Kern Institute hosts monthly events featuring local and national leaders in medical education throughout the academic year.

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Triple Aim of Medical Education

The Kern Institute is working to educate physicians in the Triple Aim of Medical Education: Character, Competence, and Caring.

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Transformational Times Newsletter

Keep up-to-date on upcoming and previous scholarly presentations by our Kern Institute faculty and staff in our mission to transform medical education.

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Kern Institute Events

  • June 8, 2022

    12:15–1 p.m.

    KICS Journal Club

    Zoom

    Margaret Chisolm, MD | How Visual Arts Based Education Can Promote Clinical Excellence

  • June 8, 2022

    3–5 p.m.

    Kern Institute KINETIC³ Graduation

    Live Virtual Event via Zoom

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Submit a speaker proposal to the Kern Institute

Submit A Speaker Proposal

The Kern Institute is working to transform medical education to better align with the needs of the public on the basis of character, competence, and caring.

The Event Advisory Committee will review all proposals based on the following criteria:

The speaker's qualifications
Timeliness of the topic
Relevance to the mission
If chosen, a committee member will extend the invitation to the speaker and open the line of communication.

Please Note: While we greatly appreciate your enthusiasm, please do not initiate correspondence with the speaker directly. This will ensure that expectations are clear and confusion or misunderstandings are averted.

Thank you for your interest!

 

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Kern Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 955-4915
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