The Kern Institute is dedicated to advancing a new foundation for medical education based on character, competence, and caring. We are advancing innovation by applying human-centered design methodology and the principles of the entrepreneurial mindset: curiosity, connections, and creating value.
The Kern Institute is supported by five pillars dedicated to transforming faculty, students, and curriculum, as well as fostering culture and systems change and cross-pillar work. The Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine (KNN) undergirds these pillars and helps ensure the innovations developed, both through the Kern Institute, and collaboratively with our partner schools, are positioned and ready to be adopted into interprofessional practice across medical schools.
The KNN is a collaboration of seven medical schools committed to joining forces and building on each other’s strengths to drive innovation and advance nationwide transformation in educating learners across the continuum, from pre-medical school through to physician practice. The partner schools of the KNN are:
- The Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine
- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
- Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
- University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
- University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
- University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
The Kern Institute and KNN’s commitment to advancing character, competence, and caring in physician development and training is critical to providing patients, families, and communities with compassionate care, delivered with integrity.