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Culture & Systems Pillar

The Culture & Systems Pillar focuses on partnering with the Faculty, Student and Curriculum Pillars to advance their goals and objectives through human-centered design methodology and the tenets of the entrepreneurial mindset.
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2019 Culture & Systems Pillar Initiatives

Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2)

Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2)

Led by Chris Decker, MD, Julia Schmitt and Abby Goelzer

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.

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Human-Centered Design Methodology

Human-Centered Design Methodology

Led by Chris Decker, MD, Julia Schmitt and Abby Goelzer

Human-Centered Design is a team-based approach to problem-solving that uses empathy to develop a deep understanding of any problem. This allows the problem to be clearly articulated, which paves the way for brainstorming of solutions, followed by prototyping a solution that is most impactful.

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Members

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M. Chris Decker, MD

Director, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Abby Goelzer

Program Coordinator III, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Alicia M. Pilarski, DO

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Julia Schmitt

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

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Chris Stawski, PhD

Member, Student and Culture & Systems Pillars, Kern Institute

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Alonzo P. Walker, MD

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute