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

KINETIC3 Teaching Academy

KINETIC3 is a faculty, staff, and trainee enrichment program, integrating the 3C’s of character, caring, and competence with a deep knowledge of pedagogy to support thriving, confident medical educators. In this, we aim to foster a network of teaching professionals who, collectively, will transform medical education.

Kern INstitute’s Educational Transformation In teaching Competence, Caring, and Character (KinetiC3)

KINETIC3 Program Goals 

  • Equip a teaching community with cutting edge, evidence-based instructional methods to promote learner-centricity.
  • Integrate caring for others and self-care into medical education and practice.
  • Infuse character education into daily activities.
  • Foster a community of educators who are competent, caring, and of strong character.

KINETIC3 Program Tracks

To meet the individual needs of faculty and trainees, KINETIC3 offers two distinct tracks:

Both tracks engage learners through a curriculum featuring evidence-based, learner-centric teaching strategies, and which promote active learning:

KINETIC3 Track Distinction

Excellence in Teaching

We will recruit for this track every year in the spring and with orientation in the summer.  


  • Year-Long Track
  • Interactive curriculum through monthly workshops


  • Equips participants with teaching skills for the classroom and/or bedside
  • Our core 3Cs curriculum (Character, Caring, Competence) with foundational educational topics
  • Teaching Observations, in which experienced coaches will identify in real-time opportunities to strengthen teaching skills and provide constructive feedback
  • Creation of a professional Teaching Portfolio

Meant For:

  • Those new in their teaching career or new to MCW, a new leadership role, institutional partners
  • Medical Education Researcher or jump to P-Metal Series, KERN Scholars or other KERN programs

Can Progress To:

  • Medical Education Researcher or jump to P-Metal Series, KERN Scholars or other KERN programs

Explore the Excellence in Teaching Track

Medical Education Researcher

We will recruit for this track every two years. Our current cohort is 2022-2024, our next cohort will be 2024-2026. Look for applications to open in March 2024. 


  • Two-year long track
  • Delivered in day-long boot camps
  • Present at IHER, visual abstract


  • Goal to develop skills in educational scholarship and pedagogy
  • Participants will produce a medical education Capstone project
  • Guided by structures educational research and human-centered design curriculum with the support of a mentor
  • Complimented with rotating monthly writing circles to provide time focused on capstone work

Meant For:

  • Experienced educators
  • Those with a passion for research

Can Progress To:

  • P-Metal Series, KERN Scholars, Women's Leadership, and other KERN programs

Explore the Medical Education Researcher Track

Apply to the KINETIC3 Academy

The KINETIC3 curriculum runs the course of a year beginning each July. The program prepares faculty to innovate, produce scholarship, and become leaders in educating across the medical continuum. Each participant chooses an educational capstone project to work on throughout the program and receives mentored support.

Are you interested or have more questions about KINETIC3? Email Vivian Dondlinger.

2023 Excellence in Teaching Track Cohort

Applications for our 2023 Excellence in Teaching Track Cohort (our one-year program) will open on March 1, 2023 and close on March 31, 2023. We will recruit for the 2024 Medical Education Research Track (our two-year track) in March 2024! 
Apply Now

Important Dates:

Virtual Information Sessions:

  • March 23rd from 12-12:30pm
  • March 27th from 12:30-1pm

Sessions are all virtual on Microsoft Teams.
Please email for a calendar invite.

Orientation Dates:

  • July 14
  • July 28 from 12:00-1:00pm (required to attend one)

Capstone Projects

2022-2024 Capstone Projects

Capstones will be completed and presented at the 2024 IHER Conference

Lyndsey Runaas: TBD

Lee Ann Lau: TBD

John Ning: "Differences between house staff and hospitalists rotation amongst third year medical students"

Meghan Roller: "Use of modified-rapid cycle deliberate practice simulation to teach differential diagnoses to novice advanced practice providers”

Christine Restivo-Pritzl: TBD

Suzanna Sellars: "Redesign of educational toolkits for parents and adolescents to build communication and improve health literacy: a project with PATCH"

2021-2023 Capstone Projects

Capstones will be completed and presented at the 2023 IHER Conference

Jed Calata: “Going for Broke:  The Impact of Cost of Living on Surgery Resident Stipend Value”

Alison Strauss: "A workshop in culturally appropriate refugee healthcare for family medicine residents" 

Beth Weinman: "Faculty attitudes towards virtual interviews for PM&R residency positions"

Bethany Corbin: "From Pediatric to Adult Medicine: What is the Patient and Family Experience in Transitional Care for Children with Medical Complexity?"

Buchan Blake: "Model to improve cross-disciplinary communication and learning among Pathology residents

Chelsea Weaver: "Promoting the use of case-based discussion in medical student training"

Colleen Manak: "Learn how to complete a mental status exam"

Elizabeth Bukowy: "Post Acute and Long Term Care Med-Geriatrics Curriculum"

Khadieja Khalid: "The Effect of Family and Childcare on Career Decision Making in Physicians"

Lauren Titus: "Changes in Patterns of Diagnosing Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents During COVID-19"

Lindsey McAlarnen: "Communications skills training in obstetrics and gynecology graduate medical education—the time is now"

McKenna Knych: "Beyond the Ivory Tower: Piloting a Community Emergency Medicine Elective for Fourth-Year Medical Students

Cara O'Brien Outcomes of an Innovative Geriatric Medicine Training Model"

2019-2020 Capstone Projects

2019-2020 Capstone Presentations

Needs assessment for curriculum on medical error education during MS3 and MS4 (Video)
Presenters: Desh Nepal, MD, and Abhimanyu Kaura, MD
Mentor: Geoff Lamb, MD

Promoting senior resident leadership during handoffs (Video)
Presenter: Danita Hahn, MD
Mentor: Tavinder Ark, PhD

Pain medicine in anesthesia practice: A case based educational initiative (Video)
Presenter: Gwynne Kirchen, MD
Mentor: Bipin Thapa, MD

Medical students and mattering – the impact of a surgery clerkship rotation (Video)
Presenters: Caitlin Patten, MD, and Rana Higgins, MD
Mentor: Karen Marcdante, MD

Impact of modified interactive noon report PowerPoint presentations on learning (Video)
Presenters: Sowmya Palam, MD, and Panayotis Fasseas, MD, FACC
Mentor: Hershel Raff, PhD

2019-2020 Speed Posters

Competence, Conscience, and Compassionate Commitment: Integration of the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm in the development of entrustable professional activities of distinction for the acute care pediatric nurse practitioner (Video)
Presenters: Katie McDermott, Jill Kuester, Jennifer Pfister, Leslie Talbert and Christine Schindler
Mentor: Karen Marcdante, MD

The development of a longitudinal medication adherence curriculum for pharmacy students (Video)
Presenter: Mathew A. Letizia, PharmD
Mentor: Michael Lund, MD

Specialty longitudinal integrated clinical experience: A novel curriculum to facilitate career choice in an accelerated medical education program (Video)
Presenter: Sonal Chandratere, MD
Mentors: Lisa Dodson, MD; and Jacob Prunuske, MD

A book titled: What internal medicine specialists need to know about nephrology (Video)
Presenter: Brahm Vasudev, MD, FASN

Resident perceptions and experiences inform educational initiatives for cultivating end-of-life communication skills on VA medicine wards (Video)
Presenter: Adrienne Klement, MD
Mentors: Katie Recka, MD; and Kurt Pfiefer, MD

CHW Perioperative emergencies: Are we prepared? (Video)
Presenters: Chelsea Willie, MD; and Mathew Beier, MS, RN
Mentor: Christopher Davis, MD, MPH

Communicating expectations in the graduate student/mentor interaction: A pilot study (Video)
Presenter: Mark McNally, PhD
Mentor: Sandra Pfister, PhD

“Viral” virtual education: Developing a virtual lab medicine elective for medical students (Video)
Presenter: Lauren N. Parsons, MD
Mentor: Alexandra Harrington, MD

Teaching medical students laboratory medicine (Video)
Presenter: Maria Hintzke, MD
Mentor: Marty Muntz, MD

Genomics curriculum precision medicine program (Video)
Presenter: Donald Basel, MD
Mentor: Karen Marcdante, MD

Writing a curriculum: A needs assessment in the pediatric cardiac ICU (Video)
Presenter: Adam Szadkowski, MD
Mentors: Paul Bergl, MD, and Karen Marcdante, MD

Build character, gain competence, be caring through interactive learning in classes and clinical (Video)
Presenters: Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, PhD, RN; and Heidi Paquette, MS, RN, NNP-BC
Mentors: Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP, and Pat Hurlbut, MDEd, MT

Confidence and ethics in musculoskeletal ultrasound (Video)
Presenter: Peter K. Connelly, MD
Mentor: Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Creation of a procedural safety curriculum for dermatology residents (Video)
Presenter: Gretchen Roth, MD
Mentor: Alexandra Harrington, MD

Using OSCES to identify bias and teach empathy during perioperative communication (Video)
Presenter: Jutta Novalija, MD, PhD
Mentor: Julia Schmitt

Introducing SCRAPS: A new paradigm in radiology education (Video)
Presenters: Matthew Vickery, MD; Erica Lanser, MD; Douglas Pierce, MD, MS; and Joseph Budovec, MD
Mentor: David Bolender, PhD

Creation of a Learning Activity for PM&R residents to better understand the brachial plexus (Video)
Presenter: Charlotte Ball, MD
Mentor: Beth Krippendorf, PhD

Interprofessional case competition: A vehicle for interprofessional education (Video)
Presenter: Judeen Schulte, PhD, BSN
Mentor: Wendy Peltier, MD

The impact of racism and micro-aggressions on healthcare: An M3 introductory course (Video)
Presenter: Gisela Chelimsky, MD
Mentor: Heather Toth, MD

“Let’s talk about how we talk to each other”: Teaching professional communication in a digital age (Video)
Presenter: Kelsey Ryan, MD
Mentor: Chris Stawski, PhD

2018-2019 Capstone Projects

Utilization of the DISC assessment tool to elucidate communication styles in an effort to improve communication skills and resiliency for medical providers and trainees (PDF)
Presenters: Alexandria J. Bear MD and Katherine Recka, MD
Primary C: Competence | Secondary C: Character

Development of national medicine-geriatrics integrated residency and fellowship template (PDF)
Presenter: Angela Beckert, MD
Primary C: Competence

Successful implementation of pediatric NBME review in escape room format for M2 students in longitudinal pediatric clerkship track (PDF)
Presenters: Becky Buelow, MD and Erin Green, MD
Primary C: Competence

Does your character have character? Building character through medical improv (PDF)
Presenters: Erica Chou, MD and Sara Lauck, MD
Primary C: Character

Improving pathology resident education in coagulation using case-based curriculum (PDF)
Presenter: Ashley Cunningham, MD
Primary C: Competence

Surgical rotation evaluations: Getting to great (PDF)
Presenter: Christopher Dodgion, MD
Primary C: Competence

Revised course work for diagnostic tests (continuous professional development, CPD2) (PDF)
Presenter: David Ferguson, MD
Primary C: Competence

Communication in the emergency department: Let's talk (PDF)
Presenter: Renee Foutz, MD
Primary C: Caring

Reflective writing and self-assessment in an undergraduate medical education anatomy course (PDF)
Presenters: Jeffery Fritz, PhD, Roy Long, PhD, and Teresa Patitucci, PhD
Primary C: Character

Effects of simulation training on medical students' basic airway management skills (PDF)
Presenter: Kavita Gadhok, MD
Primary C: Competence

High-fidelity patient simulation reliability for early clinical performance success (PDF)
Presenter: Kyle Goham, CAA
Primary C: Competence

The impact of “Tweet”-style patient reflections while rotating in a high-need, high-cost clinic during the M4 ambulatory rotation (PDF)
Presenter: Brian Hilgeman, MD
Primary C: Character

Integrating caring, character and competence in a new observation unit medical curriculum (PDF)
Presenter: Tristram Hill, MD
Primary C: Competence

Searching for faculty resources for the ophthalmology M3 elective (PDF)
Presenter: Judy Hoggatt, MD
Primary C: Competence

What if medical schools taught health by using food as medicine - It would be transformative! (PDF)
Presenter: Kenneth Jacobsohn, MD
Primary C: Competence

Perceptions and experiences of medical students of compassion and empathy training at the Medical College of Wisconsin (PDF)
Presenter: Pinky Jha, MD
Primary C: Caring

Surgical orientation comic book (PDF)
Presenter: Theresa Maatman, MD
Primary C: Competence

Smartphone application utilization to optimize care of critically-ill children in general emergency departments (PDF)
Presenter: Shilpa Narayan, MD
Primary C: Competence

Direct observation of senior resident teaching during patient and family-centered rounds (PDF)
Presenter: Brittany Player, DO, MS
Primary C: Competence

The development of pediatric otolaryngology surgical video library for resident case preparation (PDF)
Presenter: Thomas Robey, MD
Primary C: Competence

SIM in a box: The use of prepared toolkits to enhance the quality and frequency of in situ simulation-based medication education (PDF)
Presenter: Amanda Rogers, MD
Primary C: Competence

Understanding and using person-centered communication: Development of a learning module (PDF)
Presenters: Carley Sauter, MD and Christopher White, MD
Primary C: Caring

Teaching the art of radiation therapy planning (PDF)
Presenter: Monica Shukla, MD
Primary C: Caring

Student perceptions of their leadership skills at the start and end of a wilderness medicine course - A pilot study
Presenter: Joshua Timpe, MD
Primary C: Character

More than an ice breaker: Using art to build teams (PDF)
Presenter: James Warpinski, MD
Primary C: Character

Perspective taking in oncology education (PDF)
Presenters: Karen Sue Carlson, MD, PhD and Krista Wiger, MD
Primary C: Character


Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Director, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute

KINETIC3 Steering Committee

Lead by Kristina Kaljo


Tavinder K. Ark, PhD

Director, Data Science Lab, Kern Institute


Vivian Dondlinger

Program Manager, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Alexandra Harrington, MD, MT (ASCP)

Member, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Sandra L. Pfister, PhD

Interim Director, Clinical Learning Environment Pillar; Member, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Karen J. Marcdante, MD

Director, Human-Centered Design Lab, Kern Institute


Lana Minshew, PhD, MEd

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


William Henk, Ed.D

Dean Emeritus , Marquette University


Kerrie Quirk, MEd

Program Manager I


Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP

Member, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Robert Treat, PhD

Associate Professor; Director of Measurement and Evaluation in the Office of Academic Affairs


Robert Trevino, MD, PhD

Chief Resident, Pediatrics ; University of Illinois College of Medicine


Chelsea Weaver, PhD

Assistant Professor


Saron Wilson, MA

Director of Instruction, KINETIC3 Steering Committee 

Contact Us

Vivian Dondlinger, MPH

Program Manager

Kern Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite M1990
Milwaukee, WI 53226