About Us

In collaboration with seven founding member schools representing ~3,500+ medical students, the KNN is working to transform the entire life cycle within the profession of medicine.

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Who We Are

The Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine (KNN) is a national network of seven medical schools dedicated to advancing caring and character in medicine with the goal of promoting human flourishing.

Guided by the principles of caring and character, the KNN provides a framework for training physicians, strengthening joy in medicine, and improving health to promote human flourishing within, across, and beyond the medical profession to positively impact individuals and communities in our society.

The Triple Aim of Health Care is widely accepted as the key to optimizing health system performance. In addition, there has been significant discussion about a fourth value, or Quadruple Aim, focused on improving the work life of health care providers, including clinicians and staff.

Through the work of the KNN, medical educators, health system leaders and additional partners promote sustainable and replicable models to cultivate the qualities necessary to thrive as physicians and health care professionals.

 

Vision

The KNN aspires to promote human flourishing through the profession of medicine.

 

Mission

The KNN will foster caring and character in the profession of medicine through efforts with health professions education, healthcare systems, network partners and society.

 

Core Values

  • We conduct our work with respect, integrity and authenticity
  • We embrace inclusion and diversity to advance equity
  • We support innovation, scholarship and life-long learning
  • We invest in our partners, collaborators and learners
  • We strive to ensure that those who work, learn, care and discover in our institutions thrive

 

Several key frameworks inform our efforts, including an integrated framework for caring, character and human flourishing; an overarching strategic framework; and a map of influence.

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The KNN produces regular progress reports covering the network's governance, program office, initiative activities, and other highlights. 

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Our History

Kern National Network members attending a lecture.

In partnership, and with support from the Kern Family Foundation, seven medical schools from across the United States formed the KNN in 2017 to build on shared strengths, speed innovation and collaboration, and drive national impact. Faculty, students, leadership, and staff at KNN founding partner schools work to advance caring and character in medicine.

The Kern National Network founding partners are:

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

Through its initial years, the KNN identified innovations that could be beta-tested and then integrated into educational practice.

In 2018, the KNN Board decided to expand the focus of the Network from medical education to the profession of medicine, with the ultimate goal to advance human flourishing.

Today, the KNN continues its work in advancing innovations in medical education while beginning to shift focus more broadly from the role of training future physicians to re-examining the profession of medicine to caring, character and cultivating healthy, flourishing communities.

The Kern Family Foundation

Our Board

Donald W. Brady, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs
Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education
Professor of Medicine and Medical Education and Administration
KNN Board Member
 


 

Sonia N. Chimienti, MD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
KNN Board Member


 

Adina Kalet, MD, MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin

Stephen and Shelagh Roell Endowed Chair, Professor and Director
Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
KNN Board Member


 

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

Catherine Lucy, MD

Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education
Faustino and Martha Molina Bernadett Presidential Chair in Medical Education
Professor of Medicine
KNN Founding Board Member


 

John Luk, MD
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Dean for Interprofessional Education
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education
Distinguished Teaching Professor
KNN Board Member
 


 

 

Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Senior Vice President for Strategic Academic Partnerships
Professor of Population Health
KNN Founding Director and Board Member


 

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

Elizabeth Petty, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics
KNN Founding Board Member 


 

Stephanie R. Starr, MD
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine

Stephanie R Starr, MD

Director for Science of Health Care Delivery Education
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
KNN Founding Board Member 


 

Past Board Members

Nicole Borges, PhD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Nicole Borges Geisel School of Medicine

Chair and Professor of Medical Education
Immediate Past KNN Board Member
 


 

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

Susan Cox, M.D.

Executive Vice Dean of Academics, Dean's Office
Chair of the Department of Medical Education
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
President of the Alliance for Clinical Education
Immediate Past KNN Board Member and Founding Member


 

Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences Education
Executive Vice President for Educational Affairs
Professor of Clinical Surgery
Past KNN Board Member and Founding Member


 

Gregory Ogrinc, MD, MS
American Board of Medical Specialties

Gregory Ogrinc, MD, MS

Senior Vice President, Certification Standards and Programs
Past KNN Board Member and Founding Member

Formerly:
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


 

KNN Program Office

Bud Beatty, PhD

Senior Director for Evaluation
dbeatty@mcw.edu

 


Ellie Bradish

Administrative Associate
ebradish@mcw.edu
(414) 955-8075


Darryl Covington, MS

Business Operations Coordinator
dcovington@mcw.edu


Susan Cox, MD

Senior Director for Strategic Engagement
suecox@austin.utexas.edu


Kimara Ellefson, MBA

National Director for Partnerships
kellefso@mcw.edu


Tara Fikejs, MSBM

Program Coordinator III
tfikejs@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4745


Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD

KNN Founding Director and Board Member
MCW Senior Vice President for Strategic Academic Partnerships
Professor of Population Health
cmaurana@mcw.edu
(414) 955-8075


Jean Moreland

Program Director
jmoreland@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4907


Michelle Morris, MBA

Project Coordinator
mimorris@mcw.edu


Suzette Svoboda-Newman, MS

Program Director
snewman@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4952


Sarah Williams

Senior Communications Consultant
sarwilliams@mcw.edu
(414) 955-4927


Alicia Witten

Program Director
awitten@mcw.edu
(414) 955-7407


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