Dr. Kristina Kaljo Named “Faculty Pillar Director” for the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

Dr. Kristina Kaljo Named “Faculty Pillar Director” for the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education

We are pleased to announce that Kristina Kaljo, PhD, has been named the “Faculty Pillar Director” in the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education (Kern Institute).

Dr. Kaljo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Research and Advanced Education, and has been at MCW since 2014. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and Urban Studies. Dr. Kaljo serves as the Co-Director of the Student-centered Pipeline to Advance Research in Cancer Careers (SPARCC), is a steering committee member and instructor in the KINETIC3 program, and a faculty member of the Kern Institute. She also served as the Ob/Gyn Clerkship Co-Director from 2017, recently ‘retiring’ from that role to join the Kern Institute at a greater capacity. She has been an influential leader in the development and implementation of the KINETIC3 program, as well as in dissemination of this successful program both at the local and national level. Alongside Janet Rader, MD, Dr. Kaljo is NIH/NCI-funded to develop and implement SPARCC, a summer program that immerses undergraduate students underrepresented in medicine/health professions into the vast opportunities of clinical cancer research. Her medical education research interests include culturally responsive teaching, faculty development, and psychological safety within learning environments. As Dr. Kaljo joins the Kern Institute’s leadership team, we look forward to her leadership and the growth of the Faculty Pillar under her guidance!

The Kern Institute at MCW, in partnership with the National Transformation Network (a dedicated group of seven medical schools across the US), led by MCW, will spearhead a national movement to transform medical education across the educational continuum, from pre-medical school through physician practice.