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

Kern Institute Collaboration for Scholarship (KICS)

Launched in the summer of 2021, the Kern Institute Collaboration for Scholarship – KICS for short – aims to build infrastructure support for innovative, transformative medical education scholarship across MCW.

KICS Activities

Interested in expanding your medical education research, or looking to get involved or learn more about this exciting area of scholarship? Here are some ways we can help!

Research Office Hours

Research Office Hours

Research office hours are dedicated time each week to talk with experts about education and social science research. There's no agenda, and anyone can come by to join in the discussion. Have something specific you'd like to discuss? Office hours are also available by appointment. Use the form below to schedule a meeting with us. We love talking research and are excited to talk with you!

Research office hours are held virtually on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST. Join us via Zoom with the following information:

Meeting ID: 941 3121 3988
Passcode: MedEdRsrch

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Research Team Meeting

Research Team Meeting

KICS has our own research group with active research projects. We'd love you to get involved, either bringing your own project to KICS or joining one of our projects! Our research team meets Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. CST, with other meetings per project scheduled as needed. Email Michael Braun ( for connection information.

Medical Education Journal Club

Medical Education Journal Club

Our monthly journal club invites authors in to speak on their work, a unique journal club model and an exciting opportunity to learn about medical education research from some of the best minds in the field today. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, 12:15–1:00 p.m. CST – a time we hope fits with people's lunch breaks.  Email Michael Braun ( with any questions.


Schedule of authors:

September 14, 2022
Sara Spinella, MD, MS | Curriculum on the management of alcohol use disorder and the process of publishing curriculum in the MedEd Portal

October 12, 2022
Jeffrey Wilhite | NYU Medical Education Registry

November 9, 2022
Susan Nathan, MD | My Life My Story and the use of narrative medicine in medical education

December 14, 2022
Tanya Nikiforova, MD, MS | Best practices with survey design in medical education

January 11, 2023
Cassie Ferguson, MD | REACH Curriculum

February 8, 2023
David Vermette, MD, MBA | What educators can learn from the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of patient care

March 8, 2023

April 12, 2023
Joanne Bernstein, MD | Earth Day: Turning your passion into scholarship

May 10, 2023
Ioho Ufomata, MD, MS | Working with your national society policy papers

June 14, 2023

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KICS Directors


Michael T. Braun, PhD

Program Manager


Amy H. Farkas, MD, MS

Assistant Professor


Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Director, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute

KICS Members


Lana Minshew, PhD, MEd

Director, Human-Centered Design Lab; Member, P-METaL Lab, Kern Institute


Devarati Syam, PhD

Program Manager, Student and GME Pillars, Kern Institute

KICS Interest Form

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