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Student Pillar

The Student Pillar focuses on promoting innovative learning experiences that nurture students to become the best physicians they can be.
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2019 Student Pillar Initiatives

REACH Curriculum

REACH Curriculum

Led by Cassie Ferguson, MD, Joanne Bernstein, MD and Theresa Maatman, MD

A focus of the Student Pillar is to address the question of whether the core concepts and skills aimed at improving well-being should be taught in the general medical school curriculum. To address this, the group has designed and developed the "REACH Out” Student Wellness Curriculum pilot which took off in February 2019.

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Innovations App and Wellness Program

Innovations App and Wellness Program

As part of the NTN Student Well-Being Workgroup, MCW is partnering in piloting the utilization of the UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds Innovations app and wellness program for medical students. The app and program incorporate four constituents of well-being: Awareness, Connection, Insight and Purpose.

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Wellness and Well-Being for Students

Wellness and Well-Being for Students

Led by Cassie Ferguson, MD

Dr. Ferguson is most passionate about improving wellness and well-being for students. Resources, including improving access to mental health services for medical students, trainees and faculty are important in creating a campus wide campaign to destigmatize and normalize the act of seeking mental health help. She adds books, articles, podcasts, websites, talks, events and artwork to the MCW Library Wellness Research page that it is dedicated to clinician well-being.

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Student-Led Initiatives: MCW Common Read & Med Moth

Student-Led Initiatives: MCW Common Read & Med Moth

Assisted by Cassie Ferguson, MD

As Learning Communities at MCW evolve, student well-being will be an important domain in continuing to nurture character and caring in our medical students. The MCW Common Read and Med Moth events are just the first steps in starting to foster a sense of student community that directly impact student well-being.

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Members

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Cassie Ferguson, MD

Director, Student Pillar, Kern Institute

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Cassidy Berns

Program Coordinator III, Student Pillar, Kern Institute

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Michael Lund, MD

Member, Student Pillar, Kern Institute

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Jane Machi, MD

Member, Student Pillar, Kern Institute

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Kurt Pfeifer, MD

Member, Student and Curriculum Pillars, Kern Institute

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Malika L. Siker, MD

Member, Student Pillar, Kern Institute

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Chris Stawski, PhD

Member, Student and Culture & Systems Pillars, Kern Institute

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Sarah VanderZanden, DVM

Member, Student Pillar, Kern Institute