Fox Valley family medicine residency program restructured

April 16, 2014 College News - The Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program will transition from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to a consortium of healthcare institutions consisting of ThedaCare, Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

“In response to Wisconsin’s pending physician shortage, the Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to increased physician training opportunities statewide,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO. “We view our new partnership with ThedaCare and Ministry Health Care in the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program as a compliment to the new medical school campuses being developed by MCW in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. For more than 30 years, the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program has prepared outstanding physicians for careers in primary care medicine. We at MCW are honored to participate in this important program.”

“We have an active, vibrant and supportive healthcare community,” said Daniel E. Neufelder, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Ministry Health Care. “This residency program closely aligns with our commitment to enhance the community’s overall health and well-being, and we look forward to playing an even larger role in the training and development of future physicians.”

As of July 1, 2015, the consortium will assume responsibility for both the educational mission of the Fox Valley Medicine Residency Program and its clinic at 229 S. Morrison St. in Appleton. The program is accredited to train both osteopathic and allopathic (D.O. and M.D.) physicians. There are 18 residents in the program; six graduate each year.

"We at the Medical College of Wisconsin are honored and enthused to join ThedaCare and Ministry Health Care in a consortium directing the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program,” said Kenneth Simons, MD, MCW Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Accreditation. “This opportunity emphasizes the importance of community-academic partnerships that address the specific needs of the local health care programs.  As a new member of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Inc., the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program also will draw on the resources and expertise of 10 eastern Wisconsin health systems and organizations providing training to more than 800 physicians in residency and fellowship training.”

The Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency has been a campus of the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine, established in 1980 as a joint educational effort with the local health and business communities for the purpose of training family physicians for the rapidly growing Fox Cities communities. St, Elizabeth Hospital and Appleton Medical Center serve as sponsoring teaching hospitals for the residency program. In 2013 the program graduated its 31st class of residents and its 180th resident. Over 60 of the residency graduates are currently or have practiced in the Fox Valley and rural communities.

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