KNN Conference

KNN Conf 22The 2023 conference call for submissions is now open through April 14, 2023!
Submit your work and share the call with colleagues and learners.

Preview Submission Form >> | Submit Abstract >>

The Kern National Network for Flourishing in Medicine (KNN) hosts the annual KNN conference for leaders and learners to celebrate transformational work shifting the culture of medicine. With goals to elevate flourishing and reignite purpose for healthcare leaders, educators and medical students, the conference convenes peers from across the country to help shape the movement to advance flourishing in healthcare. Join us in sparking innovations for medical education and the profession as a whole.

Mirroring the KNN’s approach to transforming medicine, the conference immerses participants in knowledge and scholarship about the KNN framework concepts of character, caring, practical wisdom and flourishing—while also offering opportunities to practice them in community and fellowship.


Save the Date – 2023 KNN Conference

September 20-22, 2023 | Milwaukee, WI

The KNN will host its second national in-person conference September 20–22, 2023, in downtown Milwaukee at the Hyatt Regency. 

Stay tuned for registration details and general event information.


Call for Submissions

Are you working to advance character, caring, practical wisdom and/or flourishing in medicine? Do you have a promising program or innovative practice to share?

We are now accepting submissions for the 2023 KNN conference in the following categories:

  • Presentations

  • Workshops

  • Roundtables

  • Posters

We hope that you will submit your work and share the call with colleagues and learners working in spaces encompassed by the KNN framework for flourishing. Submissions are due by midnight Pacific Time (PT) on April 14, 2023.

Preview Submission Form

Learn More and Submit


2022 KNN Conference – Connect, Convene, Catalyze Toward Flourishing

Held September 28-30, 2022

Individuals in medicine gathered from across the country to help shape the movement to advance flourishing in healthcare.


  • Sessions, panels, roundtables and presentations all centered on the event theme. Plenaries and workshop topics ranged from the clinical learning environment, to learner engagement, wellness, leadership, inclusive excellence and more.

  • Conference attendees had opportunities to enjoy their own moments of flourishing through participating in morning yoga, basic self-defense/taekwondo sessions and taking in the sights and sounds of local Milwaukee arts groups.

For additional information, view the conference recap or access past event information here.

  • Dartmouth Logo
  • Dell Logo
  • Mayo Clinic Logo
  • MCW Kern Institute
  • UCSF Logo
  • UW Madison Logo
  • Vanderbilt Logo