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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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Transformational Times

Kern Institute Transformational Times Newsletter

In This Parenting and Children Focused Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: "You are Going to Take Care of Me and My Children Someday Soon"

Perspective/ Opinion

  • Cassie Ferguson, MD: Being a Parent and a Pediatrician
  • Danny Thomas, MD, MPH: Masking for a Friend
  • Kim Anderson Khan, PsyD: Children's Wisconsin and Rogers Behavioral Health: Integrated Healing Program for Teens With Chronic Pain
  • Jamie A. Collins, MD: Riding the Pandemic Rollercoaster – The Pediatric Perspective
  • Kelly Smerz, PhD and Paul Smerz, PhD: Two Parents' Plea to Their School Community

Book Excerpt

  • K. Jane Lee, MD, MA: Catastrophic Rupture: A Memoir of Healing

Opinion from the New York Times

  • Mike Baker and Danielle Ivory: Why Public Health Faces a Crisis Across the U.S.

Poetry Corner

  • Mark S. Burrows: The heart of now

Archive of Transformational Times

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October 2021

October 15, 2021 | In This LGBTQ+ Focused Issue

Guest Director's Corner

  • Scott Lamm: Meliora: Ever Better! Learning to be an LGBTQ+ Physician

Perspective/ Opinion

  • Richard E. Greene, MD, MHPE: Sex and Gender in Healthcare: It's Time to Let Go of Binary Essentialism
  • Sarah M. Russel, MD: Finding the SPECTRUM in a Pandemic
  • Anne E. B. Lakatos, MSN, ANP, APNP: Providing Mental Health Services for Members of the LGBTQ Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Victor Magana: Clinical Care of LGBTQ+ Patients
  • Aaric Guerriero: Importance of LGBTQ+ Equity Work in Healthcare
  • Brian Conway, Bryn Sutherland and S. Wolf Pulsiano: LGBTPM's Queer Book Club!
  • S. Wolf Pulsiano and Brian Conway: STD Care in the LGBTQ+ Population

Transformational Ideas Initiative

  • William Wong, M4: Invisible Identities: Educating Healthcare Providers on Hmong LGBTQ+ Experience

Transformational Times Podcast

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH and Richard E. Greene, MD, MHPE: Inaugural Transformational Times Podcast

Poetry Corner

  • Connor Pedersen: The Desert

October 8, 2021 | In This COVID-19 Focused Issue

Directors' Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Risky Talk about COVID-19: Replacing Frustration with Data and Compassion

Perspective/Opinion

  • Jennifer Woodard, MD: Residency in the Time of COVID
  • Cassandre Krier, Kristina Kaljo, PhD; Libby Ellinas, MD; Amy Farkas, MD, MS; and Katherine Quinn, PhD: Women Medical Students and COVID Restrictions - Will it Limit Specialty Choices?
  • Jacob Taxis, MDiv, BCC: In America: Remember

Take 3

  • Zouyan Lu, MD: How the Latest Surge Compares

Poetry Corner

  • Craig Spencer, MD, MPH: Time of Death: 7:19pm

October 1, 2021 | In This Student Curated Issue

Directors' Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: COVID-19 is Challenging Us to Care for Each Other

Perspective/ Opinion

  • British L. Fields, MLS(ASCP): Unapologetically Black
  • Sarah Farhan: Becoming a Medical Student During a Pandemic

Take 3

  • Getting to Know You With Chelsea Weaver

Poetry Corner

  • Shel Silverstein: The Voice
September 2021

September 24, 2021 | In This Special Human Flourishing Issue

Guest Directors' Corner

  • Chris Stawski, PhD; and Jeff Fritz, PhD: In Search of Human Flourishing

Perspective/Opinion

  • Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP: How Focusing on Human Flourishing Can Impact Physician Education and, Ultimately, Patient Care
  • Quinn McKinnon, MA: The Medical Humanities and Practical Wisdom in Medical Education
  • Ryan Spellecy, PhD; and Chris Stawski, PhD: How Does Good Character Lead to Practical Wisdom?
  • Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA: One Call, That's All?
  • Karen Marcdante, MD: The Surprising Benefits of Mattering and Compassion
  • John Yoon, MD: The Parable of Dr. Benny: Yearning for Human Flourishing in the Practice of Medicine

Take 3

  • Jeff Amundson, PhD; and Lana M. Minshew, PhD: Institutional Citizenship, Equity and Flourishing

Poetry Corner

  • Rabindranath Tagore: Stream of Life

September 17, 2021 | In This Special IWill Campaign Issue

Guest Director's Corner

  • Libby Ellinas, MD: Brilliance Bias and Gender in Academic Medicine

Perspective/ Opinion

  • Libby Ellinas, MD: IWill MCW 2.0 Begins Monday, September 20th!
  • Michelle Riehle, PhD; Teresa Patitucci, PhD; Sandra Pfister, PhD; Rachel Fehrman and Fatima Saravia: WeWill Stop Gender Harassment in our Basic Science Departments

Kern Institute Collaboration for Scholarship (KICS) Journal Club

  • Michael T. Braun, PhD; Amy Farkas, MD, MS; and Kristina Kaljo, PhD: Strengthening Teachers’
  • Professional Identities: A Kern Journal Club Reflection

Take 3

  • Three Questions with Jennifer Apps, PhD: Combating Maternal Bias
  • Three Questions with Dušanka Djorić, PhD: Pledging to Speak Up for Myself and Others
  • Three Questions with Valerie Flanary, MD, FACS: Diversifying Work Groups and Presentation Panels
  • Three Questions with Jess Olson, PhD, MPH: Recognizing and Responding to Gender Microaggressions
  • Three Questions with Gregory Wesley, JD: Walking the Walk

Poetry Corner

  • Jessica Valdez: my mother is a doctor

September 10, 2021 | In This 9/11 Remembrance Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Remembering 9/11: What Do You Do When There is Nothing to Do?

Readers Share Their Thoughts and Stories From 9/11

Poetry Corner

  • Mara Pheister, MD: September 11, 2001

September 2, 2021 | In This Back to School Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Tolerate and Then Cultivate “Slowness” to Support Character Formation in Young Physicians

Perspectives

  • Lana M. Minshew, PhD: Pedagogical Practice and the Cognitive Apprenticeship Framework
  • Jeff Amundson, PhD: What is Learning?
  • Chelsea C. Weaver, PhD: Thinking about Inclusivity as we Welcome a New Class of Learners
  • Quinn McKinnon, MA: How Should We Think About Community?

Poetry Corner

  • Diane Ackerman: School Prayer
August 2021

August 27, 2021 | In This Special Summer Reading Issue

Three Questions For:

  • Jose Franco, MD: Implementing the New Curriculum: The View from Academic Affairs
  • Victoria Harnik, PhD: Looking Back on Ten Years of Intentional Curricular Reform: A View from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine
  • Michael Malinowski, MD, FACS: The Review Process for the Curriculum Innovation Proposal Within the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee (CEC)
  • Sandra Pfister, PhD: Curriculum Change from the Perspective of a Foundational Science Leader

Poetry Corner

  • Kiesha Shepard: Summer's End

August 20, 2021 | In This Special Summer Reading Issue

Guest Director's Corner

  • Kathlyn Fletcher, MD: Reading Out Loud Offers Unexpected Connections

Summer Book Reviews

  • Trevor deSibour: The Nickel Boys
  • Nabil Attlassy: The Martian
  • Michael Frank, MD: All the Light We Cannot See
  • Anna Visser: I Know This Much is True
  • Michael Braun, PhD: My Brilliant Friend
  • Rohan Patnaik: Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Madeline Kenzie, MD: What the Eyes Don't See
  • Tracy Stasinopoulos: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
  • Tammy Hosch: The Paris Library
  • Lauren Stippich: The House in the Cerulean Sea
  • Haley Mertens, MD: Grumpy Monkey
  • Andrew Farkas, MD: In the Garden of Beasts
  • Kathy Lauer, MD: The Vanishing Half
  • Carson Castellani, MD: How to Decide
  • Carson Castellani, MD: Cider House Rules
  • Emily Adochio, MD: The Silent Patient
  • Mara Acosta: The Hate U Give

2021 MCW Common Read

  • Spenser Marting and Nina Punyamurthy: Announcing the 2021-2022 MCW Common Read Selection

2021 Medical College of Wisconsin White Coat Ceremony

  • Judy E. Kim, MD: Compassion and the Science and Art of Medicine
  • Eileen Peterson: Highlights from the Class of 2025 White Coat Ceremony

Poetry Corner

  • Dylan Thomas: Notes on the Art of Poetry

August 13, 2021 | In This Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: The Redress of Moral Distress Requires Practical Wisdom, Mutual Trust and Supportive Institutions

Perspectives/Opinions

  • SPARCC Program Introduction
  • Take-Aways From the SPARCC Program
  • Michael Braun, PhD; and Herodotos Ellinas, MD: Three Lessons From the Seven Collaboratories
  • Eileen Peterson, M3: Surviving Dedicated

Announcements

  • Michael T. Braun, PhD; Amy Farkas, MD, MS; and Kristina Kaljo, PhD: Kern Institute Collaboration for Scholarship Launches

Poetry Corner

  • Elizabeth Moore: She is Bold
July 2021

July 30, 2021 | In This Global Health Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Whether Here or Abroad, All Medical Education is Local

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Tifany Frazer, MPH: Global Summer Research at Home
  • S. Ryan Jacobus: Communicating Creatively Across Time Zones and Cultures
  • Tifany Frazer, MPH: Milwaukee - Our City of Nations
  • Ashley Pavlic, MD, MA: COVID-19 Opened Local DOORs
  • Kellie C. Snooks, DO: Creating a Resource Website to Stay Connected During COVID-19
  • Jessica Miller and Melek Somai, MD, MPH: How Has COVID-19 Changed the Way That the World Shares Data?
  • Bala Narayanan: The War on COVID-19: From Milwaukee To India and Beyond

Poetry Corner

  • Kirsten Dierking: The Ordinary

July 23, 2021 | In This Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: What Do "Space Doctors," Imagined and Real, Tell Us About The Role of Physicians in the Future?

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Cassie Ferguson, MD: "Who Do You Think You Are?"
  • Michael T. Braun, PhD: Creating "Good Change" as We Transform Medical Education

Take 3

  • Brittany Bettendorf, MD: The How vs. the Why: Seeing and Bridging the Gaps in Medicine with the Humanities
  • Getting to Know You With Ethan Duwell
  • Getting to Know You With Devarati Syam
  • Getting to Know You With Lana Minshew
  • Getting to Know You With John Yoon

Poetry Corner

  • Shel Silverstein: How Many, How Much

July 16, 2021 | In This Special Asian American Pacific Islander Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Lessons from The Sprit Catches You and You Fall Down: Moving To and Through Cultural Competence in Healthcare

Perspectives/Opinions

  • James F. Wu (吴简凡), MD (he/him/他): How to Support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Patients
  • Mingqian (Ming) Lin (林鸣谦), MS: Health Advancement for Asian/Pacific Islanders Through Education (HAAPIE)
  • Kajua Betsy Lor, MD: Growing Up As a Hmong American In Wisconsin
  • Shannon Tai, MD: Asians in Healthcare Facing Racism as They Battle COVID-19 on the Frontlines
  • Iaong Vang, M2:Bridging Worlds
  • Joyce H. Lee, MS, M2: Growing Up Taiwanese, American and An Aspiring Physician

Poetry Corner

  • Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: IF LIFE IS AS SHORT AS OUR ANCESTORS INSIST IT IS, WHY ISN’T EVERYTHING I WANT ALREADY AT MY FEET

July 9, 2021 | In This "Our Best Advice" Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Chest Pain Relieved by Antacids: My Last Night as a Resident

Perspectives/Opinions

  • John R. Hayes, DO: Advice for Those Transitioning From Resident to Attending
  • Bruce H. Campbell, MD, FACS: Advice for Surgical Residents
  • Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA: Advice to Interns From Program Directors
  • Wendy Peltier, MD: Advice for Incoming Housestaff
  • Scott Lamm, M4: Top Ten Tips for Thriving During M3 Clerkships
  • Taylor Jaraczewski, MD, MS: Advice to New Interns From a Surgery Resident

Take 3

  • Getting to Know You With Denise Cook-Snyder

Poetry Corner

  • Mary Jean Irion: Let Me Hold You While I May
June 2021

June 25, 2021 & July 2, 2021 | In This Special Pride Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Proud of Pride: Activism and a Pandemic Transformed Medical Education, But There is Still Work to Do

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Scott Lamm, Rising M4: We Can Do BetterBryn Sutherland, Rising M2: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine (LGBTPM)Brian Conway, Rising M2: Finding Community in #GayMedTwitter

Outside Links

  • Library of Congress: Gay and Proud Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH: Advocacy on the Frontline: Supporting LGBTQ Patients in Combat & Beyond (Kern Grand Rounds presentation)Chase T.M. Anderson, MD: Taking Back Our Voices – #HumanityIsOurLane (New England Journal of Medicine)

Poetry Corner

  • Madeline Farber: Roots

June 18, 2021 | In This Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: From Medical Student to Trusted Physician: Growing With a Confident Humility

Perspectives/Opinions

  • John R. Raymond, Sr., MD: Maintaining Your Principles While Moving From One Institution to Another
  • Olivia Davies, MD; and Brieana Rodriquez, MD: Reflections on New Beginnings

Take 3

  • Three Questions for Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH, MS: If You Had a Blank Slate, How Would You Integrate Narrative Into Medical Education?

Poetry Corner

  • Shel Silverstein: How Many, How Much

June 11, 2021 | In This Special Residents and Fellows Issue

Editor's Corner

  • Alicia Pilarski, DO; and Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA: Remember Your Residency Family

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Kenneth B. Simons, MD: Words of Gratitude, Encouragement and Strength From the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • J. Daren Covington, DO: Small Moments of Human Connection Make all the Difference
  • Kaitlin Kirkpatrick, MD: The Experience That Changed My Perspective on Everything
  • Buba Marong, MD: Reflecting on Medical School and Residency

Take 3

  • Three Questions with Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP

Art Submission

  • Kathleen Monahan, DO: Dreaming of home

Poetry Corner

  • Robert Frost: The Tuft of Flowers

June 4, 2021 | In This Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Welcoming the Kern Institute's Inaugural Medical Education Transformation Collaboratories!

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Harvey Woehlck, MD: "Proceduralists" Do Care!
  • Julie Owen, MD: The Healer's Art Course: Preparing M1 Students for What Lies Ahead
  • Julie A. Biller, MD: Post-Acute Sequelae of Covid-19 (PASC): The Latest Permutation of Covid-19 Disease
  • New York Times Essay: My Patients Will Not Be the Same. None of Us Will.

Getting To Know You

  • Getting to Know You With Erin Weileder

Poetry Corner

  • Orion Rosemary: A Vision of My Future
May 2021

May 28, 2021 | In This Memorial Day Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Rituals Stir our Memories and Push Us Toward Transformation

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Capt. Tej Ishaan Mehhta, MD: Poppies on the Grave – Symbolism and Memorial Day
  • Chad Kessler, MD, MBA: Stand Up for What You Believe In
  • Three Questions for Michael McBride, MD: Answering the Call to Duty and Preparing the Next Generation

Medical School History

  • Richard Katschke, MA: The Marquette University School of Medicine Aids America in the Time of War

Memorial Day

  • VA Perioperative Team Members Who Have Served

Poetry Corner

  • John McCrae: In Flanders Field

May 21, 2021 | In This Issue Focused on Learning Communities

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: The Hogwarts Model: Putting it all Together in Learning Communities is Foundational to the New Medical School Curriculum

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Kurt Pfeifer, MD; Marty Muntz, MD; and Cassie Ferguson, MD: Learning Communities at MCW — Building on the REACH Curriculum and the 4C Program
  • Kurt Pfeifer, MD; Marty Muntz, MD; and Cassie Ferguson, MD: Learning Communities at MCW — A Vision for the Future
  • Edmund Duthie, MD; Amy Farkas, MD, MS; and David Marks, MD, MBA: Questions for the 4C Coaches
  • Trevor de Sibour, rising M2; Radek Buss, rising M3; Julia Bosco, rising M2; and Ryan Power, rising M3: Questions for the 4C Students
  • 4C and REACH Recognition: Thank you to Coaches and Facilitators

Poetry Corner

  • Morgan Harper Nichols: For Prolonged Stillness

May 14, 2021 | In this issue focused on Suicide Prevention

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Read This Issue. Your or Your Colleague's Life Might Depend on It

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Brett Linzer, MD: Coaching is Vital to Preventing Burnout in Physicians
  • David J. Cipriano, PhD: Many Hands, Many Voices: Suicide Prevention Work at MCW
  • Margaret (Meg) Lieb, MS: Red Flags
  • Toni Gray: Minding our Mental Health
  • Sofie Kjellesvig, M1, and Sadie Jackson, M1: Stigma and Vulnerability: Our Experiences with Struggling in Silence
  • Anonymous: What is it like to be suicidal?
  • Kerri Corcoran: Why Suicide Prevention, Kerri?

Poetry Corner

  • Toni Gray: Dear Breonna

May 7, 2021 | In this Special "It Takes A Village" Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Transforming Health Care and Health Professions Education in Times of War, Pandemic, and Disaster: Lessons from Two Founding Mothers

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Jennifer Popies, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K; CVICU Clinical Nurse Specialist: Marking the Moment...and Continuing Forward Together
  • Kelly Ayala, DNP, BSN: Developing a Nurse Innovator's Mindset During COVID
  • Hope Campbell, MSN, RN: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Reflections from MCW's Research and Clinical Nurses
  • The New York Times: Death, Through a Nurse's Eyes

Poetry Corner

  • Olivia Davies: To Kill A Year
April 2021

April 30, 2021 | In this Special Transformational Ideas Initiative (T12) Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: The Kern Institute Hosts a Conference - A Year Late But a Lot More Wise

Three Questions For...

  • Jose Franco, MD: Perspectives on the Transformation of Medical Education

Transformational Ideas Initiative

  • M. Chris Decker, MD; and Julia Schmitt: Introduction to the Kern Institute's Transformational Ideas Initiative

2020-21 TI2 Project Spotlight Updates

Leadership and Professional Development Cohort

  • LEAD-UP: Leadership Education to Advance Diversity in Underrepresented Populations
  • Designing a Leadership Curriculum for Medical Students That Teaches Students to be Influencers
  • Developing Equanimity Through Creative Expression

Mentorship Cohort

  • Classroom to Clerkship: Professional Identity Training for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Implicit Bias Cohort

  • Mitigating Implicit Biases in Clinical Clerkship Evaluations
  • Challenging Implicit Bias
  • Identifying Bias in Classroom Clinical Cases: A Structured Approach to Make Clinical Cases More Diverse and Inclusive

Cultural Humility Cohort

  • Invisible Identities: Educating Healthcare Providers on Hmong LGBTQ+ Experiences
  • Bringing Mental Health First Aid to Pharmacy Students Through the TI2 Initiative
  • Kaleidoscope: A Program With a Diversity Lens
  • Development of a Cultural Humility Curriculum for Pediatric Residents

Announcement of 2021-22 TI2 Project Teams

  • Nourish & Grow: MCW-Green Bay Student Garden Initiative\
  • ACCESS Better Care Through Social Determinants of Health Training
  • An Antiracist Medical School Curriculum. It Matters.
  • Answering the Call: Using the Medicine Clerkship to Facilitate Inpatient Follow-Up for Emergency Residents
  • Closing the Gap of Knowledge and Education Among Providers in the Disparities Sexual and Gender Minorities Face
  • Developing a Low-Stakes Environment for Teaching Development and Feedback: The Teaching Test Kitchen
  • Medical Provider Joint Simulation Practicum
  • Medicine in Real Life
  • Creating an Annual Anti-Racism Pledge for Medical Students
  • Mattering and Character Strength Spotting on the Gynecology and Surgery Medical Student Clerkships

Poetry Corner

  • Scott Lamm - Listen

April 23, 2021

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Remembering H. Jack Geiger, a Role Model and Troublemaker I Wish I Had Known

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Lee Ann Lau, MD, FACS: Transforming Today's Medical Learners Into Tomorrow's Global Health Leaders
  • Clara Bosco: Practical Wisdom in Medical Education: A Student Perspective
  • Jeffrey Amundson, PhD; Michael Braun, PhD; and M. Chris Decker, MD: Implementation Science and Medical Education Transformation

Some Questions For...

  • George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh

Poetry Corner

  • Maya Angelou - Still I Rise

April 16, 2021 | In this Special Issue Focused on the Humanities

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: "Ah! Bach!" and other Confessions of a "Humanities in Medical Education" Cynic, Converted

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Teresa Patitucci, PhD: Visual Art in Medical Education
  • Amy Domeyer-Klenske, MD: Opening the Drawer
  • Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP: The MCW Medical Humanities Program and Medical Education - Where We've Come, Where We're Going
  • Scott Lamm, M3: Holding a Virtual Storytelling Event: MCW's MedMoth

Take 3

  • Wendy Peltier, MD and Lauren Stippich, M2

Poetry Corner

  • Rhea Martin - Dear America

April 9, 2021 | In this Special Issue Focused on the Humanities

Editor's Corner

  • Bruce Campbell, MD, FACS: Integrating the Humanities into Medical Education

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Erica Chou, MD, and Sara Lauck, MD: "Yes, and...": How Improv Techniques Enhance Medical Training
  • Carlyle Chan, MD: Photography and Medical Humanities
  • James Warpinski, MD: Changing the Curriculum: How Adding a Narrative Assignment Increased Empathy and Connection with People Unlike Ourselves

Poetry Corner

  • Sam Polhemus: Scored

April 2, 2021 | In this Special Issue Focused on the MCW Curriculum Redesign

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Building a New Curriculum for MCW

Perspectives/Opinions

  • William J. Hueston, MD: MCW's Journey to a New Medical School Curriculum
  • Jeffrey Amundson, PhD; Travis Webb, MD, MHPE; Amy J. Prunuske, PhD; Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Shared Change is a Rigorous Process
  • Chris Decker, MD; Julia Schmitt; and Karen Marcdante, MD: Creating Partnership in Reimagining the Curriculum using Human-Centered Design
  • Chase LaRue: Sitting in the Room Where it Happens: A Student Involved in Curriculum Change at MCW

Poetry Corner

  • Jess Sachs: Find the Holes
March 2021

March 26, 2021 | In this Special COVID-19 Road to Recovery Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Seeking Wisdom in COVID-19 Times

Perspectives/Opinions

  • James Wu: The COVID-19 Vaccine, #WhatsYourWhy?
  • Marty Muntz, MD; Kate Stark, M2; Kerrie L. Quirk, MEd; Cindy Mand, MBA, LLSB, CQIA; Jenny Bultman, PMP; and Bruce Campbell, MD: Medical Students as Vaccinators - A COVID-19 Success Story
  • Amy Farkas, MD, MS: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Wendy Peltier, MD: Hugs in Grand Rapids
  • Brian Hilgeman, MD; Austin Dopp, M4; James Wu, M4; Mandy Kastner, MPH; and Marty Muntz, MD: Outreach to Improve Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccine – A Collaborative Service-Learning Project

Poetry Corner

  • Stephen Smith, PhD: Unprecedented

March 19, 2021 | Special Match Day Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Work and Career in that Order: Residency is Just the Next Step in the Life of a Physician

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Chad Carlson, MD: Neurology Residency Virtual Interviews - Lessons Learned
  • Camille Garrison, MD: Recruitment Season 2021: It'll all be Worth it!
  • Matthew Goldblatt, MD: Zoom Interviewing
  • Mara Pheister, MD: Virtual Recruitment - A Good Different
  • Steve Malcom, MD; Heather Toth, MD; Ben Lipanot, MD; and Stephanie Hetland, MA: Reflections on a Virtual Recruitment Season
  • David Campbell, MD: Interviewing for Fellowships - My 2020 Experience
  • Jessica Kraker: Interviewing for Residency - My 2020 Experience
  • Jenna Wettstein: Interviewing for Medical School - My 2020 Experience

Poetry Corner

  • Elizabeth Moore: Hold My Hand

March 12, 2021 | Special 1-Year Anniversary Issue!

Editor's Corner

  • Bruce Campbell, MD: The Transformational Times has a Birthday and I have an Insight

Readers' Choice Awards

  • Malika Siker, MD: Lessons on Resilience, Empathy and Magic from Life is Beautiful and Roberto Benigni in the COVID-19 Era | Published May 8, 2020
  • David Nelson, PhD, MS: The Gathering | Published May 22, 2020
  • Bruce Campbell, MD: Microaggression | Published June 12, 2020
  • Himanshu Agrawal, MD: Being Human in Medicine: Fabulous Failures | Published September 4, 2020
  • Wendy Peltier, MD: What Better Time to Focus on Caring? | Published December 11, 2020
  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Providing Space to Shed Tears may be Key to a Better, Post-COVID Future | Published February 5, 2021

Editors' Choice Awards

  • Ashley Hines: Dear White Colleagues | Published June 26, 2020
  • Cassie Ferguson, MD: The Messy | Published August 28, 2020
  • Leroy Seymour, MD, MS: On Inclusion, Diversity, and Why Black Lives Matter Too: What our MCW Community BLM Protests Mean to our Colleagues of Color | Published September 11, 2020
  • Ana Istrate, MD, MS: On Joy and Sorrow in Our Long Winter | Published December 30, 2020
  • Megan Schultz, MD, MA: Teaching is Love | Published January 29, 2021

Blog Readers' Favorites

  • Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA: A Personal Call to Action | Published June 12, 2020
  • Victor Redmon, MD: Why We Need More Black Physicians | Published August 7, 2020
  • Paul Bergl, MD: The Emotional Toll of Being a Health Care Provider During a Pandemic | Published October 16, 2020

Instagram Followers' Favorite

  • Olivia Davies: May I Drink Coffee? | Published September 18, 2020

Twitter Followers' Favorite

  • Scott Lamm: Post a Message of Gratitude on the MCW-Froedtert Skywalk | Published November 27, 2020

March 5, 2021 | Special Issue about the KINETIC3 Teaching Academy

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Love to Teach and Recognize that Learning is what Really Matters!

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Alexandra Harrington, MD: Setting the Expectation for a Growth Mindset in KINETIC3’s Excellence in Teaching Track
  • Bipin Thapa: Entrepreneurially-Minded Learning and Teaching: A Core Element of KINETIC3
  • Jeffrey Amundson, PhD, Tavinder K. Ark, PhD, and Alexandra Harrington, MD: Social Connectedness and KINETIC3 Medical Educator Track
  • Sandra Pfister, PhD, and Kerrie Quirk, MEd: Teaching about Implicit Bias in the Classroom
  • Linda Menck, MA: "At the Most Important Crossroads in our Life there are No Signs"
  • Kristina Kaljo, PhD, Erica Chou, MD, and Jennifer Brownson, PhD: Setting the Stage to Advance Teaching in Medical Education: Development of Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Caitlin Patten, MD, Rana Higgins, MD, and Karen Marcdante, MD: What Learners Tell Us About How They Know When They Matter
  • Jennifer K. Pfister, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC C-NPT; Jill C. Kuester, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC; Katie McDermott, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC; Christine Schindler, PhD, CPNP; and Leslie Talbert, DNP, RN, CPNP-AC/PC: Creating Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Students

Three Questions For...

  • Teresa Patitucci

Poetry Corner

  • Keng Moua: Perpetuum Mobile
February 2021

February 26, 2021 | In this Special Focus Issue on Human Flourishing

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Let’s Renegotiate the “Social Contract” in a Way that Promotes Human Flourishing

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Cheryl Maurana, PhD: Reflections on Promoting Human Flourishing Through the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine
  • Christopher Stawski, PhD, and Jeff Fritz, PhD: How Can Medical Schools Educate for Flourishing?
  • Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD: Character: Moving Beyond Competence to Identity
  • John Luk, MD: Human Flourishing: The Dynamic Journey
  • Bonnie Miller, MD: Caring: Achieving Completeness of Care in Practice

Thank a Resident Responses

Poetry Corner

  • Motaz Selim, MD: Auscult Featured Photo

February 19, 2021 | In this Special Rural Health and Regional Campus Issue

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: The Fauci Effect: An Unprecedented Rise in Applications to Medical School Provides an Opportunity, but Might We Miss It?

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Lisa Dotson, MD: Sentry Dean and Founding Dean, MCW-Central Wisconsin
  • Matthew Hunsaker, MD: Founding Dean, MCW-Green Bay
  • Bradley Zastrow, MD: How Graduating from an MCW Regional Campus Prepared Me for Residency
  • Allison McLellan, MD: Coming Home
  • Michael Braun, PhD: KNN Visits MCW's Kern Institute
  • Erin Green, MD, and David Marks, MD, MBA: 2021 Kern Scholars

Poetry Corner

  • Ted Kooser: Abandoned Farmhouse

Transformational Snaps

  • Tammy Hosch
  • Kate Dielentheis, MD

February 12, 2021

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Valentine’s Day: I am Not (but, Thank Goodness, My Husband is) a Romantic

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Sophia Kiernan: How to Plan a Pandemic Wedding
  • Eileen Peterson: MCW Medical Student Organizations that "Went Virtual"

Poetry Corner

  • Shabi Haider: Do Not Walk Silently...

February 5, 2021

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Providing Space to Shed Tears may be Key to a Better, Post-COVID Future

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Chris Decker, MD, and Julia Schmitt: The Innovator Mindset: A Growth Mindset in Action!
  • David Cipriano, PhD: Growth Mindset and Well-Being: Getting off of the Roller Coaster
  • Marty Muntz, MD: Learning about Growth Mindset from our Students
  • Katie Dercks: The Power of Yet

Poetry Corner

  • Morgan Harper Nichols

Transformational Snaps

  • Ismet Joan Uner, M3 Medical Student
  • Paige McKenzie, M3 Medical Student
  • Sarah Torres, M3 Medical Student
January 2021

January 29, 2021

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Educationally Sensitive Patient Outcomes (ESPOs): The Holy Grail for Transformation of Medical Education Research

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Stephen Humphrey, MD, Valerie Carlberg, MD, Alexandria Bear, MD, and Arthur Derse, MD, JD: Can the Observation of Art Make Us Better Clinicians?
  • Jayshil Patel, MD and Paul Bergl, MD: Beyond Competency: Setting a Path to [Diagnostic] Expertise
  • Jeffrey Amundson, PhD, and Amy Prunuske, PhD: Parallels of Addressing COVID-19 Pandemic and Curriculum Redesign
  • Mary Ann Gilligan, MD, MPH: Assessment of Communication Skills in Medical Education
  • Megan Schultz, MD, MS: Teaching is Love

Poetry Corner

  • Leonard Cohen: Democracy

January 22, 2021

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH, and Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA: Discussing the Grandkids: If RBG and Antonin Scalia Can Find Common Ground, Then So Can We

Perspectives/Opinions

  • Karen Marcdante, MD: How "Mattering" Matters
  • Kurt Pfeifer, MD: Learning Communities & Academic Coaching: Professional Enrichment for Students AND Faculty
  • Verna Monson, PhD: The Quiet but Powerful Transformation of Professional Identity: Coach as Facilitator
  • Sandra Pfister, PhD: Supporting our Students (SOS): How Can We Best Help Learners Overcome Academic Hurdles and Setbacks?

Take 3

  • Mary Horowitz, MD, MS

Transformational Snaps

  • Jared Muench, M2 Student
  • Nick Visser, M2 Student
  • Glennie Whitfield, M1 Student

Poetry Corner

  • Amanda Gorman: The Hill We Climb (excerpt)

January 15, 2020

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: Emotional Whiplash: Medical Educators and Mr. Olympia Respond “Just in Time” with Character, Caring, and Competence

Leadership Perspectives/Opinions

  • Jake Prunuske, MD, and Amy Prunuske, PhD: Integrating the Basic and Clinical Sciences in the Minds of Learners: Where the Rubber Meets the Road in Transforming Medical Education
  • Fabrice Jotterand, PhD: The P-METaL Lab: It's More Than Rock n' Roll
  • Jeff Fritz, PhD, and Tavinder K. Ark, PhD: Motivation
  • Jane Machi, MD: The Battle Against Chronic Self-Doubt: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD: Reimagine: It's Easy if You Try
  • David L. Joyce, MD, MPH: Beginning with the End in Mind

Transformational Snaps

  • Sarah Torres and Anna Visser

Poetry Corner

  • Sophia Scholtz: Stepping-Stone

January 8, 2021 | In this Special Focus on Student Leadership

Director's Corner

  • Adina Kalet, MD, MPH: All-Hands-On-Deck in 2021: A Year to Build Student Leadership Capacity!

Leadership Perspectives/Opinions

  • Mario Castellanos: Looking for a Leader? You've Got the Wrong Person
  • Sarah Meeuwsen and Michael Sobin, MD: Leadership Skills: From the Classroom to the Bedside
  • Stacy Moroz and Kelli Cole:The Importance of Early Standardized Clinical Curriculum in Professional Identity Development among Medical Students
  • Maya Saravanan: I Am Not Your Model Minority
  • Cassie Ferguson, MD: Smiling at Fear
  • Jeff Fritz, PhD: Leadership, Stewardship and Me
  • Apply to the LEAD-UP Program: Leadership Skill-Building Opportunity for URiM Trainees

Take 3

  • Gopika SenthilKumar and Kelli Cole

Winning Character Essay

  • Monica Gobrial: What Character Means to Me

Poetry Corner

  • Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching