Hope to Health Hero

Healthcare Education

Transforming Healthcare Education

We are committed to transforming how we educate healthcare professionals and inspire the diverse, fully skilled teams needed to serve patients and families. In setting this priority, we continue to fuel innovation as we meet the needs of our communities and solve the significant provider shortages in Wisconsin and across the country.
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Impact by the Numbers

65 New Student Scholarship Funds
16 Endowed
9M from Facuty and Staff

Becoming a physician and helping to positively impact the lives of my future patients has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and I am thankful every day that I have the opportunity to attend a such an amazing school…I truly thank you for having a part in making that more possible for students like me through your gift.

Jordanne Ford, Class of 2022, scholarship recipient


Impact Stories

In 2017, the Kern family and the Kern Family Foundation announced a $37.9 million contribution to establish the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education at MCW and the Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine (KNN), a collaboration of seven medical schools: Dell Medical School; Geisel School of Medicine; Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine; MCW, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The contribution represented the largest individual noncorporate gift to MCW and made headlines as MCW and partners assumed a leadership role in reimagining healthcare education and practice.
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Supporting Nursing Excellence

The dedicated nursing teams at Froedtert Hospital are leaders in providing innovative and compassionate care to patients and families. Providing nurses with access to the latest training and educational opportunities is what distinguishes Froedtert & the Medical College as eastern Wisconsin’s only academic health system. In hospitals where nurses hold advanced degrees, patients have better health outcomes and are more satisfied with the care they receive.

In order to maintain this standard of care, Froedtert Health President and CEO Cathy Jacobson established the Alice F. McNeal Nursing Scholarship Fund in honor of her mother, a registered nurse. The fund provides Froedtert Health nurses with tuition awards and support while pursuing advance degrees in nursing.

In addition, the colleagues and friends of former Froedtert Hospital President Cathy Buck made gifts in honor of her retirement to establish the Cathy Buck Education Fund for Nursing Scholarships. Cathy joined Froedtert Hospital as a staff nurse in 1982 and during a career that spanned 38 years, she was a champion for nurses and clinicians. 
The Julia A. Uihlein, MA, Deanship of the School of Medicine complements the ascendance of MCW as a nationally respected hub for medical discovery, and clinical and education excellence, with strong ties to the communities we serve. The gift from Julia Uihlein, MA ’99, a longtime faculty member and co-founder of the Medical Humanities Program, provides resources for the inaugural holder of the chair, Joseph Kerschner, MD, for student support, faculty retention, recruitment, and other institutional objectives.

Philanthropy, advocacy, and leadership all have been hallmarks of the partnership with MCW from William J. Listwan, MD ’68, GME ’74, and his late wife, Marlene. Their dedication includes longtime support for the Class of 1968 Scholarship Fund, the Annual Fund for Excellence and, most recently, a major legacy gift that also includes the MCW Cancer Center and Alzheimer’s research. They also have established two other significant funds in their name that focus on scientific innovation and cancer imaging research.

Joe and Jane Kerschner established the Kerschner Family Endowed Chair for Medical Education with a legacy gift to provide scholarship awards for medical students—an important priority of the institution to ensure that the nation’s next generation of physicians can take advantage of MCW’s innovative approach to healthcare education. The endowed chair will be held by the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, which provides an important recruitment tool for MCW to attract nationally regarded faculty now and in the future. This gift elevates MCW’s national reputation as a hub for medical education.

I am incredibly grateful to Julie for her longstanding support of and deep commitment to the Medical College of Wisconsin.