Wausau locales announced for program serving Central Wisconsin
The Medical College of Wisconsin recently announced the locations for MCW’s Community Medical Education Program serving Central Wisconsin.
This summer, the MCW Board of Trustees approved a plan to establish the initial years of the medical education program in shared space in existing medical and educational facilities in Wausau. Aspirus Wausau Hospital will house the medical education program’s classrooms and administrative spaces. Northcentral Technical College will share anatomy and simulation and skills laboratory space.
“The success of our Community Medical Education Program will rely upon our valued clinical and academic partnerships, regardless of the physical location of these program components,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President. “Medical students will frequent hospitals and clinics owned by Ministry Health, Marshfield Clinic, Riverview Hospital and Aspirus during their early clinical experiences and clinical rotations, and they will engage with faculty and students from UW-Marathon County, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, and Northcentral Technical College throughout the course of their study.”
The Community Medical Education Program addresses the need for providers in underserved communities across Wisconsin and employs an immersive teaching model in which students receive core basic science and clinical experience in the community, teaching an interprofessional team model with other practitioners and encouraging students to practice in the communities where they are training. Student recruitment will begin in spring 2014.
MCW has begun design development for the facilities within both Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College.