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FACTS 2014

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MCW Mission

To be a national leader in the education and development of the next generation of physicians and scientists; to discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical sciences; to provide cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and compassionate clinical care of the highest quality; to improve the health of the communities we serve.


Preparing Future Physicians and Biomedical Scientists

Education and Training

  • Degrees offered: MD, PhD, MS, MPH, MA

More than 1,200 students enrolled in academic year 2014-2015, comprising:

  • 817 medical students
  • More than 385 students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • More than 675 physicians in residency training and 200 physicians in fellowship training in 87 medical specialties and subspecialties accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Approx. 160 scientists in postdoctoral research training
  • Approx. 230 Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited activities offered annually for physicians and other health professionals

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

PhD degree programs

  • Basic and Translational Research
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Functional Imaging (joint PhD program with Marquette University)
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Public and Community Health

Master’s degree programs

  • Bioethics (MA)
  • Clinical and Translational Science (MS)
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Joint degree programs with Marquette University: Bioinformatics (MS); Healthcare Technologies Management (MS)
  • Joint degree programs with Milwaukee School of Engineering: Medical Informatics (MS)
  • Dual degree program with Mount Mary University: MPH Degree

Graduate Certificate programs

Clinical Bioethics, Public Health and Research Ethics

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Regional Medical School Campuses

Wisconsin faces a dramatic shortage of physicians over the next 20 years. In response, MCW is expanding its medical education program into new regions of the state.

Working with partners in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin, MCW has developed innovative, community-based medical education programs in Northeast and Central Wisconsin to increase the physician workforce in these regions and communities throughout Wisconsin.

  • Target dates for first class of 20 students: 2015 in Green Bay; 2016 in Central Wisconsin; increasing matriculation to 25 students at each campus in subsequent years
  • Collaboration in each region with academic and health care institutions, government, business and civic leaders and physicians is a centerpiece.
  • Start-up expenses are reduced greatly by sharing existing facilities and resources of the regional partners in lieu of new construction.
  • Employs an immersive education model in which students receive their education and training directly in these Wisconsin regions
  • Programs are structured to reduce student debt and to allow quicker entry into the workforce.

Our Partners in Wisconsin

Green Bay Region

  • Bellin College
  • Bellin Health
  • Hospital Sisters Health System Eastern Wisconsin Division
  • Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Northeast Wisconsin
    Technical College
  • Prevea Health
  • St. Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

Central Wisconsin Region

  • Aspirus
  • Marshfield Clinic
  • Ministry Health Care
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Riverview Medical Center
  • Tomah VA Medical Center
  • University of Wisconsin – Marathon County
  • University of Wisconsin – Marshfield/Wood County
  • University of Wisconsin
    – Stevens Point
Our community education partners

Find out more about our Community-Based Medical Education Program.

MCW campusAccreditation

  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) granted reaccreditation in 2007 for 10 years, the longest term possible. The HLC is the accrediting body for all institutions of higher education in MCW’s geographic region.
  • The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) awarded full, eight-year accreditation in 2011, the maximum period of accreditation. The LCME is the accrediting body of all U.S. allopathic medical schools.


Research Today for Tomorrow's Advances

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is a major national research center, the largest research institution in eastern Wisconsin and 2nd largest in Wisconsin.

Funding and Studies

  • $160 million in grant awards for research, teaching, training and related purposes in FY 2012-13
  • Includes approximately $144 million for research  
  • Includes $88.7 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding from the federal government in FY 2013
  • MCW is ranked 43rd among the nation’s 138 medical schools receiving NIH research funding.
  • More than 2,100 research studies, including clinical trials, conducted in FY 2012-13

Discoveries and Technology Transfer

  • More than 40 new discoveries and inventions reported in FY 2012-13
  • Approx. 200 technologies covered by more than 250 pending and issued U.S. and foreign patents
  • More than 50 technology license agreements with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies
  • Research and development affiliations with 25 campus institutions, major universities, research institutions and health care organizations, as well as government and venture capital groups in Wisconsin and elsewhere
  • Throughout MCW’s history, faculty scientists and physicians have generated more than 200 discoveries that have saved lives and improved health.

Federally Designated Centers

International Center

MCW Centers and Institutes

MCW research is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.


Improving Health Through Patient Care

Providing Patient Care

  • Largest physician group practice in Wisconsin
  • More than 1,540 Medical College of Wisconsin physicians
  • More than 600 nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care practitioners
  • Offering every medical specialty and subspecialty
  • Caring for more than 430,000 patients, representing more than 1.6 million patient visits annually
  • 446 MCW faculty physicians are listed in Best Doctors in America®, more than any other group practice or institution in Wisconsin.

MCW physicians and practitioners provide:

  • Adult patient care as the Medical College Physicians
  • Pediatric specialty care at more than 30 specialty clinic locations through Children’s Specialty Group, a joint venture with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Primary and specialty care at more than 30 health centers and clinics through the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians, a joint clinical practice group with Froedtert Health

Clinical Practice Locations

MCW physicians and practitioners see patients at three major affiliates – Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and the Zablocki VA Medical Center – and many other hospitals and clinics in eastern Wisconsin.

  • Froedtert Hospital is staffed by MCW physicians and is at the forefront of new technology and care in many areas, including cancer, heart and vascular diseases, brain injury and disorders, neurological disorders, spinal cord injury, transplant, communication disorders, digestive diseases, diabetes, orthopedics, urology and women’s health, and provides the only adult Level 1 Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin.
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the principal pediatric hospital affiliate of MCW, is known nationally and internationally for many of its specialty programs including cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, cancer and blood disorders, gastroenterology, newborn and fetal care, and its Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center.
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is one of the busiest and most comprehensive centers operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Approximately $10 million in research (funded primarily by the VA and the NIH) is conducted by MCW faculty members at the Zablocki VA.
  • Other patient care locations: MCW physicians and practitioners provide primary and specialty care at many other hospitals and clinics in metro Milwaukee and eastern Wisconsin.  

Find information on practice locations.

For Patient Appointments:
Adult Specialties: (414) 805-3666 • (800) 272-3666
Pediatric Specialties: (414) 607-5280 • (877) 607-5280


Building Healthier Communities

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invests significantly in expanding its community engagement mission to improve the health of communities of Wisconsin and beyond.

  • More than 350 diverse community groups partner with more than 150 MCW faculty in more than 20 departments and centers to advance public and community health in the metro Milwaukee area and throughout Wisconsin.
  • Building partnerships between MCW and communities is a strategic priority as MCW strives to have the greatest impact on Wisconsin’s critical health needs.
  • The Office of Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement provides mentoring, consulting and educational support in community engagement to further develop MCW’s capacity to partner with communities and promote community engagement as an MCW mission.
  • Medical and graduate students are involved in many service opportunities that benefit the community, including: service learning courses, community projects, student organization projects, and the Saturday Free Clinic for the Uninsured at Columbia St. Mary’s.
  • The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin is working with community leaders and citizens to advance community engagement in research. Student research teams, community lecture series and courses in community engagement for faculty, staff and students are among many activities and programs to advance translation of research to improved patient care.


A Catalyst for Improved Health

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) endowment launched its first funded initiatives in community health, research and education in 2004. The endowment was established through funds resulting from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a for-profit corporation.

  • The endowment’s initial value of $318 million has increased to $419 million in its first 10 years, through MCW’s stewardship.
  • AHW has awarded $164.8 million to 311 initiatives dedicated to improving the health of the people of Wisconsin, as of December 2013. 

Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (This portion of the endowment funds community health improvement and community-academic partnerships):

  • More than 150 community-based health initiatives have received funding to advance strategic interventions, health promotion and systems changes since 2004.
  • Contributed to improved health in 46 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and several statewide initiatives  

Research and Education Program (This portion of the endowment contributes to improved health through support for research discoveries and innovative educational initiatives):

  • Contributed to new discoveries in identifying genes underlying complex diseases, understanding and treating pancreatic cancer, and developing new technologies and methods for treating cardiac abnormalities, among other achievements.
  • Funded the development of MCW’s new regional medical school campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin to help address the physician shortage in Wisconsin

Find more on the AHW endowment and its funded initiatives.


6,400 philanthropic gifts providing $19.5 million in private support in FY 2012-13, benefitting more than 430,000 patients and investing in more than 1,200 students

Give to MCW

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Call: (414) 955-4700

Your gift is an investment in a healthier future for you, your family and generations to come.


  • More than 5,400 faculty and staff (approx. 4,980 full-time equivalents)
  • Faculty: Approx. 1,615 full-time and part-time
  • Staff: Approx. 3,390 full-time / 200 part-time / 200 project and limited-term
  • Campus: More than 4,400 faculty and staff work on campus.
  • Off-Campus: More than 1,000 work at 29 other health care facilities in eastern Wisconsin.
  • Volunteer Faculty: More than 1,600 physicians from the community
  • MCW is the 8th largest private employer in metro Milwaukee.


  • Main library is at MCW; clinical libraries are at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.
  • Offering more than 9,000 online journals, 3,500 e-books and 90 databases, and 250,000 volumes in print
  • The libraries are open to the public, including patients and their families.
  • For students, faculty and staff, the library administers MCW’s online Learning Management System and electronic exam systems, which deliver online courses and content to more than 9,000 users; provides help desk and support for the Faculty Collaboration Database; and assists investigators in identifying funding.

Milwaukee Regional Medical CampusCAMPUS – MILWAUKEE

The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus comprises six organizations working in collaboration:

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Froedtert Hospital (500 beds)
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (296 beds)
  • Blood Research Institute of BloodCenter of Wisconsin
  • Curative Care Network
  • Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
  • Approx. 20,500 people work on campus
  • Economic impact of the campus members: $7.9 billion


Unrestricted Operating Revenues ($926 Million)
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013

Net Patient Revenue - 60%
Grants and Contracts - 16%
Affiliated Hospital Contracts - 14%
Tuition and Fees - 4%
Other - 4%
Investment Income - 1%
Contributions - 1%


The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is a private, freestanding institution. MCW began as the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, founded on May 20, 1893. On January 14, 1913, the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Milwaukee Medical College merged to become the Marquette University School of Medicine. On September 30, 1967, Marquette University, due to financial constraints, terminated its sponsorship of the medical school. Since then, the school has continued as a private, freestanding institution. The name was changed ­on October 14, 1970, to the Medical College of Wisconsin. MCW has more than 16,000 living alumni.


The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center is the main campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin. The campus is bordered by 87 St. on the east, Highway 45 on the west, Watertown Plank Rd. on the north and Wisconsin Ave. on the south. Follow this link to Campus Map.

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