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

MCW Common Read launched

The first ever common book program, MCW Common Read, has been launched to unite students, trainees, faculty, staff, and community members alike in thought-provoking discussions about timely topics.

Each year a book will be selected that exemplifies the integration of innovation, reflection, academic discourse and critical thinking. Selected books will be framed by formal and informal events allowing for engagement with the subject matter in meaningful ways that enrich the reader's experience. The MCW Common Read Program strives to provide a foundation for conversations around change, compassion, caring and character.

This year, with the generous support of the Kern Institute, the featured book is In Shock by Dr. Rana Awdish.

Dr. Awdish will be visiting MCW-Milwaukee for a Kern Grand Rounds talk and book signing on Thursday, April 18, from 9:00-10:00 am in the HRC Auditorium.

Leading up to Dr. Awdish’s talk, there will be ways to engage with others about the book – such as ad hoc book discussions around moderator-derived themes. Readers are also invited to submit a book review, creative writing piece, poem, or drawing about the book to be featured on the Common Read Blog. Submissions can be sent to

Discussions are already underway to select next year's featured book and we want your suggestions! Send your ideas to