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Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2)

The annual initiative funds projects proposed by MCW faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows that focus on innovating medical education aligned with one or more of the Triple Aims of Medical Education: Character, Competence and Caring.

In these projects, collaboration and partnerships within MCW and with other institutions, community members and organizations are encouraged. Accepted ideas get refined through a human-centered design process led by experienced facilitators who help teams scope and finalize their project implementation plans for success.

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2018-19 Innovative Ideas Initiative

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the completion of the 2018-19 Innovative Ideas Initiative on Monday, April 29 at the Medical College of Wisconsin. We are extremely proud of our 2018-19 teams and all that they accomplished this year.  

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2018 Innovation Celebration

In early 2018, the Kern Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) asked faculty, students and staff for ideas on how to innovate medical education through character, competence, and caring. An overwhelming response of ideas resulted in the funding of ten innovation projects poised to expand the learning opportunities of MCW medical students. Each of the project teams utilized human-centered design thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset to shape and frame their projects for success. To celebrate their innovation journey and launch their projects, an Innovation Celebration was held at MCW on September 5, 2018.

Douglas E. Melton, PhD, began the program with a presentation titled "Want Better Medicine? Become Infected with the Entrepreneurial Mindset," followed by presentations from all ten Innovation Teams.

Advisory Committee


M. Chris Decker, MD

Director, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute


Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute


Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Member, Cross Pillar, Kern Institute


Julia Schmitt

Senior Communications Consultant, Human-Centered Design Coach and Facilitator, Kern Institute

Contact Us

Abby Goelzer

Education Program Coordinator III

(414) 955-4970
Kern Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite M1990
Milwaukee, WI 53226