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Human-Centered Design Lab

The Human-Centered Design Lab focuses on partnering across the MCW/Froedtert health system to help departments, committees, pathways and groups solve problems and  advance their projects using inclusive, creative problem-solving techniques and human-centered design methodology.
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Human-Centered Design Lab Initiatives

Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2)

Transformational Ideas Initiative (TI2)

Led by Chris Decker, MD and Julia Schmitt

This annual seed grant program funds projects proposed by MCW faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows that focus on innovating medical education. Projects are developed using an innovator's mindset and piloted each academic year, with an emphasis on advancing successful pilots into the college permanently.

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Human-Centered Design Sprints

Human-Centered Design Sprints

Led by Chris Decker, MD, Julia Schmitt, Ilya Avdeev, PhD, and Kathryn Havens, MD

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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Human-Centered Design Lab Members

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Karen J. Marcdante, MD

Member, Faculty Pillar, Kern Institute

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M. Chris Decker, MD

Director, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Julia Schmitt

Program Manager

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Ilya Avdeev, PhD

Adjunct Professor; Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Amy Beierle, MA

Instructional Designer; Member, Human-Centered Design Lab, Kern Institute

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Ethan Duwell, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Kathryn Havens, MD

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute

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Kristina Kaljo, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Ramneet Mann

Student Member, Human Centered Design Lab, Kern Institute

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Lauren Stippich

Student Member, Human-Centered Design Lab, Kern Institute