Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education (GME) Pillar

This team focuses on personal well-being, caring and character for our residents and fellows; creating a culture that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion within residency/fellowship programs; and facilitating competence in communication and other clinical skills acquisition through innovative programming.
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Graduate Medical Education Pillar Initiatives

Reflection Activities

Reflection Activities

Develop and implement a toolbox of reflection activities for GME programs. Led by Kathlyn Fletcher, MD and Alicia Pilarski, DO. This initiative aims at creating space for conversation and reflection around topics such as race and equity, COVID-related stress in physicians, professional identity formation, etc.

Read the special residents and fellows issue of Transformational Times
Social Connectedness Activities

Social Connectedness Activities

Design and implement opportunities for GME to foster social connectedness across MCWAH. Our pillar provided mini grants following a request for proposal from a minimum of two residency or fellowship programs to partner and build social connection through a well-being activity. Eleven small events have been funded and are being implemented in the 2021-22 academic year.

GME Advisor/Mentor Network

GME Advisor/Mentor Network

Develop a network of GME advisors/mentors across the specialties for residents/fellows to self-select and/or be paired with faculty outside of their specialty. Led by Amy Farkas, MD, MS, this program is being developed to align with and enhance existing mentoring activities in GME.

Increased Resident/Fellow Participation

Increased Resident/Fellow Participation

Increased participation of residents and fellows in existing Kern Institute programs such as Kinetic3 – educational series focused on teaching best practices; working with the Human-Centered Design Lab to expand on the well-being work already started for our residency and fellowship programs. The first phase of this work, which has already been completed, was to identify areas of opportunity to improve well-being both for individual programs and graduate medical education as a whole. The second phase is underway to help create solutions to those identified opportunities for enhancing well-being programming.

Kern Institute GME Pillar Mini-Grants: Building social connections through well-being activities

Women in cardiology mixer

Women Cardiology Fellows and Internal Medicine residents interested in Cardiology come together for cross program social mixing.

Weekly exercise program with Med-Peds

Med-Ped residents and their significant others/friends from different residencies and fellowship programs participating in a weekly exercise program to foster socialization across MCWAH programs.

MCW residents attend a Brewers game

MCW Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery residents enjoy a Brewers Game and pre-game tailgate to promote relationships that will translate into the hospital.

Graduate Medical Education Pillar Members

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Alicia M. Pilarski, DO

Co-Director, Graduate Medical Education Pillar; Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA

Co-Director, Graduate Medical Education Pillar; Member, Clinical Learning Environment Pillar, Kern Institute

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Amy H. Farkas, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

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John Yoon, MD

Visiting Professor, Kern Institute

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Devarati Syam, PhD

Program Manager, Student and GME Pillars, Kern Institute