A major strength of the ForWard Curriculum is that we provide each of our students with a longitudinal teacher/coach (LTC). This allows for continuity between teacher and learner to facilitate competency-based skill development across all phases of our new curriculum.

LTCs are primarily responsible for facilitating the Patient-Centered Education (PaCE) Case groups during Phase 1 and teaching all clinical skills learning sessions that include physical exam, medical history taking and communication skills. They create a supportive learning environment and coach teamwork skills and behaviors of professionalism based on personal observation and feedback from other faculty and peers. LTCs foster critical self-reflection as part of lifelong learning and assist students in developing plans to achieve their academic and personal goals. They assure students are meeting the milestones of graduation competencies.

Meet the LTC physicians
LTCs are all practicing physicians with expertise ranging from primary care to orthopedics. They are runners, DIY’ers and one even owns a vineyard. And they all say coaching medical students is one of their most rewarding experiences.
PaCE Cases
During Phase 1 of the ForWard Curriculum, medical students participate in Patient Centered Education (PaCE) Cases, which connect concepts in a way that makes them relevant and applicable to authentic clinical scenarios.

Program leaders

Kelly Herold, MD


Dr. Herold is a clinical associate professor of medicine and is a practicing general internist at UW Health's West Clinic.

Jane Crone, NP, MEd, MS

Assistant director

Ms. Crone has over 30 years of experience in numerous health care settings and medical education.

Amanda Rosalez

Education coordinator

Ms. Rosalez coordinates the logistics of the program, and is the main point person for the LTCs and students.

For questions about the LTC program, contact her at