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.

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


  • 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


  • 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.

Academy Information

Class of 2019-20

Charlotte Ball, MD | MKE | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | School of Medicine

Donald Basel, MD | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Kathryn Berlin, DO | MKE | MCWAH | MCWAH

Evelyn Chan, MD, MS | MKE | Internal Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine | School of Medicine

Sonal Chandratre, MD | MCW-CW | MCW-Central Wisconsin | Central Wisconsin

Gisela Chelimsky, MD | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Peter Connelly, MD | MKE | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation | School of Medicine

Panayotis Fasseas, MD | MKE | Internal Medicine, Cardiology | School of Medicine

Claire Griffiths, MD | MKE | MCWAH | MCWAH

Danita Hahn, MD | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Lindsay Hang, MD | MKE | MCWAH | MCWAH

Rana Higgins, MD | MKE | General Surgery | School of Medicine

Maria Hintzke, MD | MKE | Pathology | School of Medicine

Benjamin Hofeld, MD | MKE | MCWAH | MCWAH

Kenneth Jacobson, MD | MKE | Urology | School of Medicine

Abhimanyu Kaura, MD | MKE | Internal Medicine, Hospitalist Section | School of Medicine

Md Abdul Hye Khan, PhD | MKE | Pharmacology and Toxicology | School of Medicine

Gwynne Kirchen, MD | MKE | Anesthesiology | School of Medicine

Adrienne Klement, MD | MKE-VA | Internal Medicine | School of Medicine

Kerry Kosmoski-Goepfert, PhD, RN | Marquette | Marquette University College of Nursing

Jill Kuester, NP | MKE | Pediatrics, Critical Care | School of Medicine

Mathew A. Letizia, PharmD | MKE | Clinical Sciences Department | School of Pharmacy

Alexandria Lutley, MD | MKE | Neurology | School of Medicine

Katie McDermott, NP | MKE | Pediatrics, Critical Care | School of Medicine

Mark McNally, PhD | MKE | Microbiology and Molecular Genetics | School of Medicine

Desh Nepal, MD | MKE | Internal Medicine | School of Medicine

Jutta Novalija, MD, PhD | MKE | Anesthesiology | School of Medicine

Ahmed Obeidat, MD, PhD | MKE | Neurology | School of Medicine

Sowmya Palam, MD | MKE | Internal Medicine | MCWAH

Heidi Paquette, MS, RN, NNP-C | Marquette | Marquette University College of Nursing

Lauren Parsons, MD | MKE | Pathology, Division of Pediatric Pathology | School of Medicine

Caitlin Patten, MD, FACS | MKE | Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology | School of Medicine

Jennifer Pfister, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC, C-NPT | MKE | Pediatrics, Critical Care | School of Medicine

Gretchen Roth, MD | MKE | Dermatology | School of Medicine

Kelsey Ryan, MD | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Matthew Scheidt, MD | MKE | Radiology, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology | School of Medicine

Christine Schindler, APNP | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Judeen Schulte, PhD, RN | Alverno | JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions, Alverno College

Hesham Soliman, MBBS | MKE | Neurosurgery | School of Medicine

Deepika Sririam, MD | MKE | MCWAH | MCWAH

Adam Szadkowski, MD | MKE | Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care | School of Medicine

Leslie Talbert, NP | MKE | Pediatrics, Critical Care | School of Medicine

Brahm Vasudev, MD | MKE | Internal Medicine | School of Medicine

Matthew Vickery, MD | MKE | Radiology | School of Medicine

Scott Welak, MD | MKE | Pediatrics | School of Medicine

Chelsea Willie, MD | MKE | Anesthesiology | School of Medicine

Nicholas Yunez, MD | MKE | Family Medicine | School of Medicine

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

Class of 2018-19

Alexandria Bear | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Angela Beckert | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Anita Bublik-Anderson | MCW-Central Wisconsin

Becky Buelow | MCW-Green Bay

Karen-Sue Carlson | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Sonal Chandratre | MCW-Central Wisconsin

Erica Chou | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Ashley Cunningham | MCW-Milwaukee | Pathology

Chris Dodgion | MCW-Milwaukee | Surgery

Dave Ferguson | MCW-Green Bay

Renee Foutz | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Jeff Fritz | MCW-Central Wisconsin

Kavita Gadhok | MCW-Milwaukee | Anesthesiology

Kyle Goham | MCW-Milwaukee | Anesthesiology

Erin Green | MCW-Green Bay

Brian Hilgeman | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Tristram Hill | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Judy Hoggatt | MCW-Milwaukee | Ophthalmology

Kenneth Jacobsohn | MCW-Milwaukee | Urology

Pinky Jha | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Sara Lauck | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Roy Long | MCW-Central Wisconsin

Theresa Maatman | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Shilpa Narayan | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Teresa Patitucci | MCW-Milwaukee | Cell Biology

Brittany Player | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Katherine Recka | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

Thomas Robey | MCW-Milwaukee | Otolaryngology

Amanda Rogers | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Carley Sauter | MCW-Milwaukee | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Robert Sedlacek | MCW-Central Wisconsin

Monica Shukla | MCW-Milwaukee | Radiation Oncology

Joshua Timpe | MCW-Milwaukee | Emergency Medicine

James Warpinski | MCW-Green Bay

Scott Welak | MCW-Milwaukee | Pediatrics

Christopher White | MCW-Milwaukee | Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Krista Wiger | MCW-Milwaukee | Medicine

2018-19 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

Academy Scholarship

"Traditional to Transformational: Integrating Character, Competence, Caring into a New Faculty Teaching Academy"
by Kristina Kaljo, PhD; Karen Marcdante, MD; Bruce Campbell, MD; Robert Treat, PhD; Beth Krippendorf, PhD; Bipin Thapa, MD; Cheryl Maurana, PhD; Alexandra Harrington, MD
The Generalists in Medical Education Conference
November 7-8, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ

“Does Your Character Have Character? Building Character Through Medical Improv”
By Erica Chou, MD; MaryAnn Gilligan, MD; Sara Lauck, MD
Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Conference
April 25, 2019 | Milwaukee, WI

"Identifying Character Teaching Moments in Medicine"
By Scott Welak, MD; Alexandra Harrington, MD; Ryan Spellecy, PhD; Karen Marcdante, MD
Central Group on Educational Affairs (GCEA)
March 27-29, 2019  |  Grand Rapids, MI

"A Stressful Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using Comics to Help Students and Residents Reflect on Stress in Medical Education"
By Theresa Maatman, MD
Central Group on Educational Affairs (GCEA)
March 27-29, 2019 | Grand Rapids, MI

"Does Your Character Have Character? Building Character Through Medical Improv"
By Sara Lauck, MD; Erica Chou, MD; Thomas Reuter MD Candidate Class of 2022
Central Group on Educational Affairs (GCEA)
March 27-29, 2019 | Grand Rapids, MI

"Developing a Faculty Career Development Academy: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning"
By Alexandra Harrington, MD; Kristina Kaljo, PhD; Beth Krippendorf, PhD; Bipin Thapa, MD; Diane Wilke-Zemanovic, MS; Kerrie Quirk, MEd; Jose Franco, MD; Cheryl Maurana, PhD; Bruce Campbell, MD; and Robert Treat, PhD
The Generalists in Medical Education Conference
November 1-2, 2018 | Austin, TX

KINETIC3 Steering Committee

Lead by Kristina Kaljo


Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Director, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Vivian Dondlinger

Program Manager, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Tavinder K. Ark, PhD

Director, Data Science Lab, Kern Institute


Alexandra Harrington, MD, MT (ASCP)

Member, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute


Nick Lukens, MD

Assistant Professor


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


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


Chelsea Weaver, PhD

Assistant Professor

KINETIC3 Members


Amie Billstrom, PA-C

Physician Assistant


Blake Buchan, PhD

Associate Professor


Elizabeth A. Bukowy, DO

Assistant Professor


Jed Calata, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Assistant Professor


Sabrina Carro, MD



Bethany Corbin, MD



Rachel Davis, PNP

Marquette University Graduate Student


Leonardo Fernandino, PhD

Assistant Professor


Carlos E. Figueroa Castro, MD

Assistant Professor


Angela Frey, PhD

Professor of Biology & Chair of STEM, Alverno College


Melanie Gartz, PhD, MS, MHS

Assistant Professor


David J. Gazeley, MD

Associate Professor


Lindsay Hammons, MD

Hematology and Oncology Fellow, PGY6


Ryan Hillmer, PhD

Assistant Professor


Tara Kennedy, MD

Assistant Professor


Steven Kapeles, MD

Assistant Professor


John M. Keegan, MD

Assistant Professor


McKenna J. Knych, MD

Assistant Professor


Abhilash Koratala, MD, FASN

Associate Professor


Veronica Korthals, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Amanda Kotowski, APP

Advanced Practice Provider, Marquette University


Srivats Madhavan, MD

Assistant Professor


Leann Madion, MD



Colleen Manak, MD

Assistant Professor


Steven Marmer, DO

Cardiology Fellow


Lindsey McAlarnen, MD



Lauren McIntosh, MD



Heather Mernitz, PhD

Professor, Alverno College


Mercedes Rodriguez Celin, MD



Abby Rothstein, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor


Juan P. Ruiz, MD

Assistant Professor


Elizabeth Segar, MD

Assistant Professor


Leroy Seymour, MD



Allison Strauss, MD



Lauren Titus, MD



Jason Todd, MD



Beth Weinman, DO

Assistant Professor


Nicole A. Winchester, PA-C

Nurse Practitioner

Contact Us

Vivian Dondlinger

Program Manager

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