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Transformational Times & Transformation Journal

The Transformational Times is the weekly e-newsletter published by the Kern Institute to deliver stories of hope, character and resilience from our virtual community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Transformation Journal was published 2017-2019, featuring innovative ideas and ways to engage in our mission of transforming medical education, as well as sharing upcoming events and valuable resources. Subscribe Now
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Kern Institute Transformational Times Newsletter

Transformational Times

Current Issue

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Milwaukee is Special; Let’s Make Some “Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”

Educational Perspectives
Chris Decker, MD and Julia Schmitt: TI2 vs. COVID: How We're Winning the Battle of Experiential Learning in a Virtual World
Sondra Zabar, MD and Kinga Eliasz, PhD, MS: "First Night-onCall" 2020: Preparing for Internship in the Face of a Pandemic

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspectives
David Cipriano, PhD: Initiating MCW's "Community Conversations" about Race and Racism
Victor Redmon, MD: Why We Need More Black Male Physicians
Anna Visser, MD-Candidate 2023: "How to Be an Antiracist" Chosen as this year's MCW Common Read

Archive of Transformational Times

July 2020

July 31, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Bad Doctors, Rare but Devastating, Reveal our Vulnerabilities and Opportunities to Create Robust Character and Professionalism in Medical Education

Grand Rounds Preview
Adam Hill, MD: A Physician's Story of Recovery

Educational Perspectives
Wendy Peltier, MD: A Letter to our Interns
Kim Tyler, MD, MS: A View from Internship


July 24, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Mentoring Toward Purpose and Meaning: Helping our students retain their passion for medicine by asking Why? 

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspective
Eileen Peterson MD Candidate 2023: Racial Discrimination in Academic Surgery

Educational Perspective
Cassie Ferguson, MD, Kurt Pfiefer, MD, Marty Muntz, MD, Cassidy Berns, Kaicey von Stockhausen, and Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Learning Communities at MCW: Past, Present and Future

Pandemic Perspectives
Jake Taxis, MDiv, BCC: Anonymity and the Shape of a Soul
Teresa Patitucci, PhD: MCW Art Club


July 17, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Never Waste a Crisis! Now is the Time to Build Learning Communities

Editor's Note
Bruce Campbell, MD: Becoming Uncomfortable

Pandemic Perspective
Wendy Peltier, MD, and Julie Owen, MD: But Where's the Finish Line?


July 10, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Kern Institute Renovations Underway!

Editor's Note
Bruce Campbell, MD: A COVID-19 Conversation

Perspective on LGBTQ Issues
Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, FAMIA, FASA: The Issues of Bostock and the Supreme Court Ruling on LGBTQ Health

Student Perspective
Spenser Marting, MD Candidate 2023: Telehealth at the Saturday Clinic

June 2020

June 26, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD: Mentee-ing Matters

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspective
Ashley M. Hines: Dear White Colleagues

Fourteen Medical Student Voices
Bruce Campbell, MD: M1 Students React to COVID-19: Feeling Helpless, Seeking Knowledge, and Becoming Empowered

June 19, 2020

Director's Corner
Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: The Kern Institute is Not a "Black Box"!

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspectives
Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD: Pandemics Juxtaposed
Scott Lamm: Can We Agree This is a Problem?
Cassie Ferguson, MD & Adina Kalet, MD: Rethinking Remediation
Chris Decker, MD, and Julia Schmitt: Pushing Institutional Climate Change for Underrepresented Minority Students
Lara Voigt, MD: Parenting in the Time of Black Lives Matter

Educational Perspectives
Alexandra Harrington, MD: What Part of Your Character Are You Working on Today?
Tavinder K. Ark, PhD: Why is the Kern Institute's Medical Education Data Scientist Smiling?

June 12, 2020

Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Let's Talk About Racism and Be Ready to Get It Wrong

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspectives from:
Loren Nunley, MD, MBA: An Open Letter to my Colleagues
Bruce Campbell, MD: Microaggression
Megan L. Schultz, MD, MA: My White Privilege
Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA: A Personal Call to Action

Educational Perspective from:
Amy J. Prunuske, PhD and Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH: Marrying the Basic Sciences to Clinical Medicine

June 5, 2020

Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Everything Around Us has to do with Medical Education

Racial Injustice & Inequities Perspectives from:
Malika Siker, MD: Confessions of a So-Called Diversity "Expert"
Sherréa Jones, PhD: The Disease of Racism
Cassie Ferguson, MD: From Ally to Accomplice
Laura Grogan: I am White and I Have Been Complacent
Christopher Davis, MD: Coronavirus and Inequities: Why the Shock?
Marty Muntz, MD & Kristina Kaljo, PhD: Speak Up in the Face of Microaggression

Pandemic Reflections from: 
Kelsey Lamb & Ashley Creager: Finding Purpose and Garnering Hope in the Era of COVID-19
Meghan Nothem, DO: Reflections on Courage

May 2020

May 29, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Performance-Based Assessment to Ensure Physicians Have the "Right Stuff"
Perspective from Katie Recka, MD: Make it to the Mat
Perspective from Adrienne Klement, MD: The Power of a Letter

May 22, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: How Will We Return in the Fall? Back to Normal? I Hope Not.
Graduation Perspective from Cassie Ferguson, MD: Joy
Graduation Perspective from Jose Franco, MD: Graduation and Family
Graduation Perspective from Marty Muntz, MD: All the World is a Stage
Perspective from David Nelson, PhD: The Gathering
Perspective from Christopher Davis, MD, MPH: MaskUpMKE - Saving Lives, Building Trust, and Moving Forward

May 15, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Embracing the New Normal and Who Gets to be a Physician
Perspective from Wendy Peltier, MD: Where is my Toolbelt?
Perspective from Kurt Stefan, MBA: Remote Simulation During COVID-19

May 8, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Working Toward a Philosophy of Medical Education Transformation
Perspective from Kathlyn Fletcher, MD: Rare Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Opportunities for Residents
Perspective from Sandra Pfister, PhD: Walking with Purpose at 64
Perspective from Malika Siker, MD: Lessons from "Life is Beautiful"

May 1, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Making a Difference: MaskUpMKE
Perspective from Libby Ellinas, MD: Women: Minding the Gap
Perspective from Laura Mark, PA-C, MPH: Social Narrowing

April 2020

April 24, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Education Strategies on a Dime
Perspective from Chris Decker, MD: Staying Safe Yet Compassionate
Perspective from Alexandra Harrington, MD: Gratitude for Lab Staff

April 17, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Preparing Our Students
Perspective from Kathlyn Fletcher, MD: Residency During COVID
Perspective from Nathalie Abenoza, Christian Hernandez, Eli Martinez, Javier Mora and Sebastian Daniel: Community Raised & Engaged

April 10, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD: Practical Wisdom in Action
Perspective from Fabrice Jotterand, PhD: Seizing the Moment
Perspective from Mary Homan, DrPH: It's Not About the Vent

April 3, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: We Can't Wait!
Perspective from Cassie Ferguson, MD: COVID-19 and Grief
Perspective from Chris Davis, MD, MPH: Building Trust with Underserved Communities

March 2020

March 27, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Bringing Medical Students to the Fight
Perspective from Marty Muntz, MD: PPE & Moral Injury 

March 20, 2020
Director's Corner by Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Welcome to the Transformational Times