Mobilizing Character

A New Faculty Development Offering

Created and taught by faculty from Dell Medical School, Medical College of Wisconsin and UW School of Medicine and Public Health, with contributions from UCSF School of Medicine.

Duration: February–June and September 2022

Frequency: Monthly

Format: Online

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The Pathway to Cultivating Character

Mobilizing Character is for educators focused on helping learners develop their character strengths and professional identities. This six-module course will strengthen your competence in mobilizing character within learners and yourself—and it will connect you to a community of educators focused on incorporating character into medical education.


What You'll Learn

  • How character and character strengths manifest in medical education and practice.
  • Actions/strategies we can employ as teachers to support development and expression of good character in learners.
  • Techniques that turn intuitive caring actions into teachable moments.
  • Activities that enhance explicit character development in daily practice.
  • Personal character strengths that benefit and sustain you during times of stress in the teaching or care environment.



Program Schedule

Each participating school has its own cohort, and participants should plan to attend the sessions scheduled for their institution in order to facilitate a community of practice. However, exceptions may be made for unavoidable schedule conflicts. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns about the program schedule.


Month Module (Click Here to View Descriptions)
February 2022 The Character Landscape: An Overview and Introduction
March 2022 Borrowed Shoes and Perspectives
April 2022 The Language of Character for Communication and Connection
May 2022 Character on the Catwalk
June 2022 Leading With Character
September 2022 Staying in Character: Sustaining Excellence of Character

Upon successful completion of the program and a commitment to action, participants will be eligible for a certificate of achievement. 


Course Creators and Instructors

Carrie Barron, MD
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Carrie Barron, MD

Associate Professor of Medical Education
and Director of Creativity for Resilience


Karen Marcdante, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Karen Marcdante, MD

Professor and Vice Chair of Education,


Nancy Raymond, MD 
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Nancy Raymond, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, 
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
and Development



Anne Stahr, MS
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Director of Faculty Development Programming,
Office for Faculty Affairs and Development



Chris Stawski, PhD
Kern Family Foundation

Chris Stawski, PhD

Senior Fellow


LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD
Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

LuAnn Wilkerson, EdD

Associate Dean for Evaluation
and Faculty Development


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