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Geisel Joins Coast-to-Coast Collaboration of Medical Schools to Transform Medical Education

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth has been chosen to be a part of the newly-formed Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute), a national initiative to transform medical education across the continuum from pre-medical school to physician practice.

The National Transformation Network, a collaborative of medical schools from around the country, includes the Geisel School of Medicine and founding partner schools 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, and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin leads the Kern Institute.

“I’m very excited to be participating in this collaboration among schools that are at the leading edge of evolving medical education in the face of real-world needs,” said Duane Compton, PhD, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. “The financial support from the Kern Institute will spur our efforts to enhance our medical curriculum by sharing ideas and best practices with other outstanding schools that are part of the National Transformation Network.”

The Triple Aim for Health Care (enhancing patient experience, improving population health, and reducing cost) is widely accepted as the key to optimizing health system performance and reducing the burden of suffering from illness and disease. The Kern Institute will drive a national movement to transform medical education by proposing an equally important Triple Aim for Medical Education: character, competence, and caring. These elements of physician development are critical to partnering with patients, families, and communities for compassionate, evidence-based care, delivered with integrity.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Geisel to collaborate with top-notch medical schools in the nation," said Greg Ogrinc, MD, interim senior associate dean for medical education at Geisel. “We will share best practices, visit each others’ programs, and build the future of medical education for the benefit of our students, faculty, and the patients, families, and communities that we serve. This is a unique opportunity and one that we are so excited to be a part.”

The total initial investment in the Kern Institute is $52.5M, which includes the gift from the Kern Family and Kern Family Foundation, as well as contributions from MCW, National Transformation Network partner medical schools, and other philanthropic support.

For more information, visit http://www.mcw.edu/kerninstitute.


About the Geisel School of Medicine

Founded in 1797, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth strives to improve the lives of the communities it serves through excellence in learning, discovery, and healing. The Geisel School of Medicine is renowned for its leadership in medical education, health care policy and delivery science, biomedical research, global health, and in creating innovations that improve lives worldwide. As one of America’s leading medical schools, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine is committed to training new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve our most vexing challenges in health care.