Medical Education expansion will lead to healthier communities
Building a living legacy of healthy communities for Wisconsin requires understanding future needs. Responding to a projected statewide shortage of 2,000 physicians over the next 20 years, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is expanding its medical education program into new regions of the state.
Working with partners in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin, MCW is developing an innovative community-based program designed to educate and train more physicians who will remain in Northeast and Central Wisconsin to practice. Target start dates for the first class of medical students are summer 2015 for the Green Bay campus and summer 2016 for the Central Wisconsin campus.
From day one, planning has included many partners. Community Advisory Boards and other stakeholders in each region provide ideas and feedback that are priming these programs for success and sustainability.
Through collaboration, start-up expenses are greatly reduced by sharing existing facilities and resources. The programs are structured to reduce student debt and allow quicker entry into the workforce. During the course of their immersive curriculum, students will be engaged at sites throughout communities in their respective regions.
For the Green Bay campus, academic components will be housed at St. Norbert College in DePere (administrative, classroom and anatomy laboratory spaces), where construction is underway on St. Norbert’s new Gehl-Mulva Science Center, and at Bellin College in Green Bay (simulation and clinical skills laboratory spaces). Faculty members from Bellin College, St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay will teach in the program. Clinical rotations will be at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Bellin Health and Prevea Health, Milo C. Huempfner VA Outpatient Clinic, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
In Central Wisconsin, administrative spaces and classrooms will be housed in facilities at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau will share anatomy and simulation and clinical skills laboratory space. Medical students will train in hospitals and clinics owned by Aspirus, Marshfield Clinic, Ministry Health Care and Riverview Hospital Association during their early clinical experiences and rotations. They will engage with faculty and students from Northcentral Technical College, UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County and UW-Stevens Point throughout the course of their study.
The future students of these programs embody the legacy MCW continues to build in Wisconsin. History will measure this work over generations by the lives touched and the health of people preserved.
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