Wisconsin Medical College receives $ 50 million Kern foundation gift

The Medical College of Wisconsin announced Thursday that it has received $ 50 million from the Kern Family Foundation – one of the largest gift in the school’s history from a single donor.

The money will continue the school’s focus on transforming the way it trains future doctors, an effort kick-started in 2017 with the foundation donating nearly $ 38 million to establish the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, also known as the Kern Institute.

“At the moment, Americans do not have the physician workforce that’s best aligned with our health care needs,” Kern Institute director Adina Kalet said in an interview. “There are many, many, many reasons for that but partly it’s that we have an educational system that’s not fully up to date and aligned with new challenges.”

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