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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.