Alumni support vital for MCW-Green Bay
Dr. William F. and Sandy Schneider have donated $500,000 to support the Medical College of Wisconsin’s campus in Northeast Wisconsin.
Philanthropy sends a powerful message of endorsement across the state as the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) draws nearer to the opening of its community campuses, first in Green Bay and then Central Wisconsin. Support from alumni like lead donor William F. Schneider, MD ’60, GME ’67, is playing a critical role in the planning and implementation of MCW’s community medical education program.
Dr. Schneider, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, and his wife, Sandy, have contributed $500,000 to MCW-Green Bay. Dr. Schneider practiced medicine in Green Bay his entire career. Sandy graduated from Marquette University with a BS degree in medical technology. They raised six children in Green Bay, and their love of the community combined with their passion for medical education inspired their advocacy for the Green Bay campus.
“We spent our lives dedicated to improving medical care, taking care of patients and teaching medical sciences,” said Dr. Schneider, who also taught orthopaedics in the School of Nursing at Bellin College. “How could you not give full support to such a special endeavor, which has such far-reaching ramifications? We have to.”
Academically, MCW-Green Bay will focus on core areas of prevention and wellness; early clinical experiences; and collaborative, team-based learning with working healthcare professionals. The program will prepare students more efficiently and with less cost by enabling them to complete their medical education in 130-140 weeks, compared with more than 150 weeks in a traditional curriculum.
“By combining the strengths of MCW’s accredited and highly regarded curriculum with the expertise of science faculty and community physicians, including alumni, to serve as teachers, MCW-Green Bay will provide a rigorous program of medical education in an area of the state in need of greater access to health care providers,” said Matthew Hunsaker, MD, Dean of MCW-Green Bay and Professor of Family and Community Medicine.
MCW-Green Bay is part of MCW’s response to an impending shortfall of physicians predicted by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Its report concluded the state needs to fill 100 physician vacancies each year or risk a shortage of 2,000 qualified doctors by 2030. By lowering the cost of education and creating an environment in which physicians who graduated and received training from Wisconsin institutions remain in state to practice, MCW aims to contribute to a physician workforce that has a deep understanding of local health care needs, resulting in better patient outcomes.
Dr. and Mrs. Schneider are impressed by the many ways the program is a win-win situation for the people of Wisconsin.
“It’s such a bold adventure, streamlining medical education. It benefits the medical school so greatly,” Dr. Schneider said. “I think it benefits UW-Green Bay, Bellin College, St. Norbert College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College because it enhances science programs here and draws more students to science programs and para-medical programs as well as drawing strong science faculty. It’s a win-win for medical students to be immersed in medical practice life in Northeast Wisconsin because they’re going to have affiliation with doctors here and be living with patients here. It’s also a win to save dollars with the three-year program. It’s a win-win for physicians in the area because they’ll be more involved with teaching; the best way to keep current in medical practice is to teach – I’ve always felt that way. And it’s a win-win for patients in our area because it totally enhances patient care.”
As planned, the first class of students would begin in July 2015 at MCW-Green Bay and July 2016 at MCW-Central Wisconsin.
“The Schneiders’ generous support of this initiative speaks volumes of its merit,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD ’90, Fel ’98, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President. “With their commitment to education and their devotion to the community, they would accept nothing short of an outstanding medical school, and that is what we will deliver in Northeast Wisconsin.”
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