Past Events

Philanthropy Roundtable

Inspiring Stories: Medical Students in Their Communities

Held Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 1–2 pm CT
Hosted by The Philanthropy Roundtable

How does civil society work? By having the strong communities that are critical for a flourishing, free society. One group that is quietly contributing to the overall flourishing of their communities is medical students. Medical students are providing many effective and essential services while they learn their profession.

This session featured stories from talented and hard-working students themselves and explored how the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine works with and alongside medical school students to foster caring and character in the profession of medicine—resulting in entrepreneurial contributions to human flourishing even before learners receive their MDs.

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  • Debi Ghate, Philanthropy Roundtable 

KNN Leaders: 

  • Cheryl Maurana, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin & KNN
  • Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Vanderbilt University Medical Center & KNN
  • Kimara Ellefson, KNN Program Office

Medical Students: 

  • Evelyn Bodenschatz, Dell Medical School
  • Jonathan Horng, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Anne Coogan, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Hallen Pham, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Fiona Ng, UCSF School of Medicine
  • Anuvir Singh, UCSF School of Medicine


Student Bios

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Discussion Series: The Medical Profession Through the Lens of Human Flourishing

A national conversation where healthcare professionals can boldly ask fundamental questions about the profession of medicine, discuss its role in advancing human flourishing and consider how to address factors at the individual, community or societal level that can pose barriers to flourishing.

Presented by the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine through an investment from the Kern Family Trust and Kern Family Foundation.




Session 1 – Human Flourishing, Caring and Character in the Medical Profession:
To What End?

Held Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 4–5 pm CT 

In the first session of the series, participants learned more about the interrelated concepts of caring and character within medicine and engaged in a conversation with other healthcare professionals on the topic of promoting human flourishing. 

Learning Objectives
  • Appraise one’s own professional experience as a member of the healthcare team with the intersection of caring, character and human flourishing
  • Assess the state of human flourishing in the health ecosystem
  • Commit to next steps in advancing human flourishing in one’s professional practice

For more information, access the event brochure or see details below. 

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  • Opening: Cheryl Maurana, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin & KNN
  • Andrea Leep Hunderfund, MD, MHPE, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • John Luk, MD, Dell Medical School at UT-Austin
  • Bonnie Miller, MD, MMHC, Vanderbilt University Medical Center & KNN
  • Moderator: Chris Stawski, PhD, Kern Family Foundation
  Event Materials


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