The Medical College of Wisconsin has been awarded more than $5 million from the State Building Commission for its planned regional medical campuses in Green Bay and central Wisconsin.
The funding was proposed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 following the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2011 report, “100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin,” which estimated that the state will need to add 100 new physicians per year for the next 20 years to alleviate its growing physician shortage. The $5 million allocation was approved in the 2013 state budget, and the funds are now being given to MCW, which can proceed with formal grant spending.
“We are grateful for the support and partnership with the state of Wisconsin, along with generous support from members of the State Building Commission and the state Legislature, who made this possible,” said Dr. John Raymond, Sr., president and chief executive officer of MCW. “Developing two new medical school campuses in Green Bay and in Central Wisconsin will allow us to train physicians in the regions of our state that will most greatly benefit.”
MCW is launching the community-based medical education initiative to address the shortage of physicians and other health care providers in Wisconsin, especially in underserved rural and urban areas. The central Wisconsin site has not yet been chosen.
Regional health systems, academic institutions and civic and business leaders in Central Wisconsin and Green Bay have partnered with MCW in the development phase.
The MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin campuses will each graduate about 25 new physicians per year to help address the shortage. MCW is also working to form more graduate medical education programs in northeast and central Wisconsin to provide residency training options in those areas for medical school graduates.
“MCW is partnering closely with area health systems to create robust physician workforce training pipelines in northeast and central Wisconsin,” said Dr. Matthew Hunsaker, dean of MCW-Green Bay, who testified before the State Building Commission. “With the help of our partners, students at MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin will have the opportunity to complete high quality clinical rotations within area health systems that incorporate innovative team-based learning. Once students finish medical school, I am confident we will be able to partner with multiple stakeholders to develop residency training opportunities which will provide increased physician recruitment and retention for the regions.”