About

Our Mission 

MedEdNext is creating a national movement to transform medical education.

We are a broad community of educators developing innovative ways to prepare physicians for what is next in health care.

MedEdNext is changing what it means to be a physician by redefining medical education from pre-med through practice.

We are helping physicians develop the characteristics that are critical to partnering with patients, their families, and communities with compassion and integrity.

Our goal is better care, better value, better health, and better physician wellness.

Our History

MedEdNext is an initiative of the MCW Kern Institute and the National Transformation Network.

In February 2017, the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education was realized in partnership and with support from the Kern Family Foundation, and Stephen and Shelagh Roell. Their support will help the Kern Institute expand and inspire partners with a shared vision of building a new foundation for medical education.

Seven medical schools from across the United States formed the National Transformation Network (NTN) to build on shared strengths, speed innovation and collaboration, and drive national impact.

The NTN founding partners are:

  • MCW School of Medicine
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

The Kern Institute and NTN founding partners named the national initiative to transform medical education MedEdNext.

Since its inception, MedEdNext has:

  • Established headquarter offices and staff at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Identified a process for launching collaborative initiatives at NTN founding partner schools
  • Gained national media and industry attention

Our People

 
 

MedEdNext is truly a national movement, bringing together talented and dedicated people from across the United States.

  • Faculty, students, leadership, and staff at National Transformation Network founding partner schools

  • Kern Institute leadership and staff

  • The Kern Family Foundation

 

Kern National Transformation Network
Founding Partners

Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD

Medical College of Wisconsin

 

Senior Vice President for Strategic Academic Partnerships; Stephen and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair, Professor and Founding Director, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute and National Network for the Transformation of Medical Education; Consortium Board Chair, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

 


 

Gregory Ogrinc, MD, MS
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Professor of Medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


 

Stephanie R. Starr, MD
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

 

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

 

 


 

Catherine Lucey, MD
Univeristy of California San Francisco School of Medicine


Vice Dean for Education


 

Susan Cox, MD
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

 

Executive Vice Dean of Academics, Deans Office
Chair of Medical Education
Past President of the Alliance for Clinical Education

 


 

Elizabeth Petty, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health


Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

 


 

Bonnie Miller, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education
Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs

 


 

The Kern Institute Team
at The Medical College of Wisconsin

The Kern Institute is led by Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, who is the Founding Director.

 

 

 

The department is organized into five teams, each differentiated by their individual focus on Faculty, Students, Curriculum, Culture & Systems, and Cross-Pillar.

 

Faculty Team

The Faculty Team, led by Alexandra Harrington, MD, includes Bruce Campbell, MD, Chris Davis, MD, Libby Ellinas, MD, Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, Mary Ann Gilligan, MD, Kristina Kaljo, PhD, Karen Marcdante, MD, Wendy Peltier, MD, Sandra Pfister, MD, Ryan Spellecy, PhD, Bipin Thapa, MD, and Tammy Hosch.

 

Student Team

The Student Team, led by Catherine Ferguson, MD, includes Joseph Budovec, MD, Jane Machi, MD, Kurt Pfeifer, MD, Malika Siker, MD, Sarah VanderZanden, DVM, and Cassidy Berns.

 

Curriculum Team

The Curriculum Team, led by Marty Muntz, MD, includes David Bolender, MD, Erica Chou, MD, Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, Jeff Fritz, PhD, Mary Ann Gilligan, MD, Dave Mattson, PhD, Jayshil Patel, MD, Kurt Pfeifer, MD, Sally Twining, PhD, Travis Webb, MD, and Kaicey von Stockhausen.

 

Culture & Systems Team

The Culture & Systems Team, led by Chris Decker, MD, includes Joe Barbieri, PhD, Kimara Ellefson, Libby Ellinas, MD, Chris Kops, MBA, Dave Mattson, PhD, Alicia Pilarski, MD, John Raymond, MD, Ryan Spellecy, PhD, Chris Stawski, PhD, Alonzo Walker, MD, and Abby Goelzer.

  

Cross-Pillar Team

The Cross-Pillar Team, led by Jose Franco, MD, includes Chris Davis, MD, Libby Ellinas, MD, Kristina Kaljo, PhD, Ryan Spellecy, PhD, and Joan Weiss. 

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