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    Frequently Asked Questions

     Why is the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) developing community medical education programs in Central Wisconsin and Green Bay?

    The community-based medical education programs have been developed to increase the number of physicians to help meet the future healthcare needs of Northeastern and Central Wisconsin.

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     Is the MCW-Green Bay program fully accredited?

    MCW is an accredited institution and abides by the standards set forth by two major accrediting bodies: the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME).

    The program has been reviewed by the LCME which accredits allopathic medical schools in the United States. MCW has received support from the LCME for expansion to Green Bay.

    MCW's multiple schools (the Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  MCW is awaiting formal approval from the HLC for the MD program expansion to Green Bay. An HLC team visited MCW in January 2014 and has made a report that will be reviewed at the May 2014 HLC meeting.  MCW anticipates receiving approval in the form of an action letter, which is required before MCW can accept applications for the Green Bay campus.  Until that approval, we are required to note that the program is "pending approval."

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     What type of program is offered at MCW-Green Bay?

    MCW-Green Bay offers a medical school program leading to the MD degree.

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     What are some potential benefits for students at MCW’s community-based medical education campuses?

    • 3-year degree is both more efficient and less costly
    • High-quality medical education from a well-respected medical school
    • Ability to get medical education in one’s community, near family and the quality of life that students value
    • Clinical experience at very highly regarded health systems
    • One-on-one, personal, hands-on clinical experience
    • Small class sizes offer personal attention
    • After medical school, more likely to practice medicine with a health system you respect in a Wisconsin community
    • Playing a critical role in serving the healthcare needs of a smaller community
    • Doing one’s part to help overcome physician shortages

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     Can I apply to more than one MCW campus?

    Yes, you can! You will still submit one MCW application via American Medical College Application Service ® (AMCAS). Upon receiving your AMCAS application, MCW will send a supplemental application, on which you will indicate if you wish to apply to one or more MCW campuses.

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     Will preference be given to Wisconsin residents?

    The applicant’s state of residency and state for undergraduate study will be considered, along with other factors. Preference will be given, however, to qualified Wisconsin residents. The Medical College of Wisconsin believes that there is a rich pool of potential Wisconsin-based medical school applicants for our programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and, eventually, Central Wisconsin. More than 600 Wisconsin residents apply annually to MCW’s medical education program.

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     How is the admissions process different for MCW-Green Bay?

    Pending approval from the Higher Learning Commission, the admissions process for MCW-Green Bay will overlap with the MCW-Milwaukee process. Depending on your choice to apply to one or more MCW campuses, your application will take a slightly different path. For example, if you choose to apply to MCW-Green Bay, your application will be considered by both the MCW Admissions Committee and a Regional Applicant Advisory Committee (RAAC).  Each committee has a slightly different focus.  The Admissions Committee reviews your overall application and fit for the profession of medicine, including experiences and academic performance; it makes all final decisions. The Admissions Committee will consult with the RAAC on matters of fit for the community-based curriculum and the Green Bay/Northeast Wisconsin and Central Wisconsin regions.

    More general information regarding MCW admissions can be viewed here:

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     Are there different selection factors, admissions prerequisites, or requirements for different MCW campuses?

    Selection factors include:
    • Review of academic achievement
    • MCAT scores
    • Personal statement from AMCAS Application
    • Academic letters of recommendation (letters are accepted via US Postal Service and electronic providers including AMCAS, VirtualEvals and Interfolio)
    • Experiences
    • Personal interviews

    The prerequisite coursework will mirror what is required at the MCW-Milwaukee campus.  Completion of prerequisites in the following disciplines is required for enrollment:  Biology, English, Inorganic Chemistry, Mathematics, Organic Chemistry and Physics. Specific academic prerequisites can be found at the following web address:

    In addition to the academic prerequisites, students need to complete the Medical College Admission Test ® (MCAT), which must have been taken no more than three years before the date of matriculation.

    Additionally, prospective students should demonstrate significant clinical exposure outside of the classroom.  This exposure can be obtained through volunteering, shadowing or employment.

    For the community-based campuses, non-academic selection criteria will be considered in an attempt to establish an applicant’s dedication and ability to succeed in a three-year, specialized medical school curriculum.  Students who exhibit an interest in primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine, psychiatry) and a commitment to remaining in Wisconsin to practice medicine will be preferred.

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     What factors should I consider when choosing/selecting a campus location?

    You should consider the specialty and setting in which you ultimately intend to practice medicine.  Also, you should consider the program’s mission to help inform your decision regarding the most appropriate MCW campus for you.  The mission for MCW’s community-based programs in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin is:

    To develop a community medical education program that both addresses the need for providers in underserved communities across Wisconsin and employs an immersive teaching model that will reduce student debt and allow students quicker entry into practice.

    • Students will receive core basic science and clinical experience at the community-based medical school program

    • Some integrated course work and team-based learning will be offered with students in other health sciences programs

    • The accelerated curricular program will focus on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim framework.  This framework seeks to balance three dimensions important to health systems:  improving the patient experiences of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing health care costs.  (Source:

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     Is there an admissions counselor assigned for the MCW-Green Bay campus?

    Medical College of Wisconsin admissions will all be run through a central office located at the Milwaukee campus. MCW Director of Admissions is Jennifer Haluzak and her contact information is:

    Jennifer Haluzak, MEd
    Director of Admissions
    Medical College of Wisconsin

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     What is the application timeline?

    MCW uses the American Medical College Application Service ® (AMCAS). Each year, the AMCAS opens in May and applications are accepted beginning in June.

    For MCW-Green Bay’s first class (matriculating in July 2015), applicants may begin filling out the AMCAS on May 1, 2014 and may submit beginning in June 2014, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

    Following AMCAS submission, MCW uses an online secondary (supplemental) application. Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee on a rolling basis by date of completion; thus, timely completion of both the AMCAS and secondary application is recommended.

    Application Information, including upcoming deadlines may be found at:

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     How many students will be enrolled at the community campuses (MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin) versus the Milwaukee campus?

    The first class of medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay will include approximately 20 students.  In subsequent years, the class size will increase to a maximum 25 students per class.  Each cohort at the Milwaukee campus is about 200 students.

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     Will the Medical College of Wisconsin–Green Bay program prepare me to enter all fields of medicine?

    Yes. When students begin their medical education at MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin, they will enter a pioneering program designed for physicians who intend to enter fields in which there is a shortage in Wisconsin (including family medicine, general surgery and psychiatry) and to help ensure that communities throughout Wisconsin continue to have access to high-quality healthcare for generations to come. Additionally, the regional campuses will graduate doctors who may pursue post-graduate training in any field on their way to becoming competent, compassionate physicians.

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     Will the MCW-Green Bay program have a three-year curriculum?

    Yes.  The length of the curriculum is a hallmark of the program; its 133 weeks in total are about 20 weeks fewer than a traditional medical school program, which takes four years to complete.

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     How is the curriculum designed to allow for a three-year program?

    The curriculum will retain all the core educational requirements of any medical school experience, but will achieve this efficiency by reducing the number of electives.  The alternative timeframe facilitates decreased student debt and accelerated entrance into practice.

    The MCW-Green Bay curriculum will be delivered in a time-efficient manner.  It will begin earlier in the summer (July, as opposed to August) and also make use of the M1 and M2 summers for classwork rather than time off.

    At MCW-Milwaukee, electives are most useful to students who are unsure of their career choice, as electives provide an opportunity to explore diverse fields of medicine.  In contrast, MCW’s regional campuses are targeted to applicants committed to training and practicing in fields that may require less exposure to a large variety of electives.

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     Why should I choose MCW-Green Bay’s three-year program over another program that is focused on training primary care doctors?

    MCW has a longstanding history of delivering exceptional medical education. Whereas the MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin program will be offered at regional locations, it is built upon the strong foundations of decades of MCW’s expertise in delivering and graduating qualified medical doctors.

    The MCW-Green Bay program will provide a high-quality education with several unique aspects. For example, the Green Bay program will be fully immersive, which means that students receive all core basic science and clinical experience within the Green Bay area.

    Further, the innovative application of technology will enhance active learning among students. Technology will allow for simultaneous delivery of key curricular components to students in both Milwaukee and the regional campuses, with staff support for educational sessions offered at multiple sites. Technology will facilitate real-time audience response and engagement and offer opportunities for students from various campuses to interact.

    One particular aspect of the MCW-Green Bay program will be robust interprofessional training, wherein medical students will learn alongside other health professions students. These interprofessional team training opportunities model the collaborative environments which are prevalent in today’s healthcare workplaces.

    Additionally, simulation technology resources will provide MCW-Green Bay students with advanced clinical skills in a controlled and versatile environment.

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     How are the MCW curricula similar across campuses?

    All MCW students will have similar coursework, comprised of a combination of basic sciences and clinical endeavors. Some differences will exist, however, in the methods by which core content, graduation requirements, educational objectives and competencies are achieved. Similar to the Discovery Curriculum taught at MCW-Milwaukee, the regional curriculum will emphasize early clinical experiences for students – which better prepares them for the third year of medical school. The competencies, core material and objectives are consistent across all MCW campuses.

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     Many community-based medical education programs require students to study for one or two years at a main campus before moving on to a community-based campus. How is MCW’s community-based program different?

    The entire medical education program will take place in Green Bay and surrounding communities. It is our goal to educate medical students who will remain in the communities where they received their medical education. The Medical College of Wisconsin believes that students will benefit from full community immersion, which complements the interests of those who want to live and practice in the region.

    Unique features and personalized opportunities characterize the regional campuses. For example, students will participate in a Community Health Pathway in which they will develop individualized learning plans to tailor their education to a specific area of rural or community healthcare.

    Students learning in an immersive medical education program (such as MCW-Green Bay) are more likely to become engaged in that community and develop ties to the community – which ultimately can influence a student’s decision as to where to practice medicine.  MCW-Green Bay’s mission is to educate new physicians in a geographic area and medical specialties which are experiencing physician shortages.  A 2011 report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association found that 80% of the students who are native to Wisconsin, and who attend medical school and complete their residency training in Wisconsin, go on to establish medical practices in Wisconsin.

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     Will MCW faculty teach in the regional campus curriculum?

    Yes. All faculty members who teach at an MCW campus will have an MCW faculty appointment.

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     Where and by whom will basic sciences be taught?

    MCW will use a number of teaching methods that will include distance learning from MCW-Milwaukee, supplemented with onsite faculty as preceptors.

    Additionally, MCW-Green Bay is partnered with the following local academic institutions:
    • Bellin College
    • Northeast Technical College
    • St. Norbert College
    • University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

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     Where will MCW-Green Bay campus provide clinical rotations?

    MCW will collaborate with its hospital system partners in to provide clinical experiential learning. MCW has partnerships with the following hospitals and health systems in the Green Bay area:
    • Aurora BayCare Medical Center Hospitals and Clinics
    • Bellin Health Hospitals and Clinics
    • Hospital Sisters Health System Eastern Wisconsin Division:  St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital
    • Prevea Health Clinics and Providers
    • Milo C. H Huempfner Veterans Affairs Green Bay Community Based Outpatient Clinic (a location of  the Clement J. Zablocki Milwaukee VA Medical Center)

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     What are the graduation requirements?

    Students must meet the “Technical Standards for Admission and Graduation” (as detailed in the Student Handbook); successfully complete all required basic science courses, clinical clerkships, and elective rotations and Pathway requirements, and; take the United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2CK and CS (specific USMLE Step requirements are detailed in the Handbook).

    In addition to these technical requirements, students must demonstrate competence in patient evaluation and management, integrity in personal conduct, respect for the rights of others and evidence of ethical conduct and mature judgment throughout the course of study.

    Last, students must receive the recommendation of the Academic Standing Committee to the Board of Trustees and attend commencement exercises.

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     Will affiliated residency training programs be offered in the greater Green Bay area?

    The Medical College of Wisconsin appreciates that available residency slots are paramount to the success of its graduates. Research has shown that the greatest determinant of where a physician will practice is the location of her/his residency training.

    Among the keys to the success of MCW-Green Bay is the development of residency training positions by area health systems.  MCW has made progress in establishing capacity to expand Graduate Medical Education (GME) (or residency training) programs in Wisconsin.  MCW is grateful for the support and guidance of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Green Bay-area health systems, Wisconsin Hospital Association, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the Wisconsin Medical Society and the State of Wisconsin in this effort.

    Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-2015 biennial budget included $7.4 million for MCW’s community-based medical education campuses in Central Wisconsin and Green Bay, $1.75 million to expand MCW’s family and community medicine residency program by 12 slots, $4 million in matching funds to help rural hospitals pool their resources and apply for graduate medical education accreditation, and $1 million to support medical residencies in primary care.

    MCW also has made progress in expanding psychiatry residency slots in Northeast Wisconsin.  Recently, MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, in partnership with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, announced it will oversee new psychiatry residency slots in Northeast Wisconsin.  MCW is also working to establishing residency slots in family medicine. 

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     Does MCW have guaranteed residency slots in primary care for regional campus graduates?

    According to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) guidelines, MCW cannot guarantee residency slots.  However, MCW will work diligently with residency directors across the state to ensure our students have the opportunity to interview for local and regional residency programs.

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     How do the academic and health system facilities on the regional campuses compare to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center?

    MCW-Green Bay will share the Gehl-Mulva Science Center, which is located on the campus of St. Norbert College. The Science Center features more than 6,600 square feet of dedicated classroom and administrative space. It also possesses laboratories, a faculty lounge and student study space. 

    Bellin College will serve as home of MCW-Green Bay’s simulation and skills program and standardized patient program.

    Please refer to the above question, “where will MCW-Green Bay campus provide clinical rotations?" for a list of our Green Bay-area clinical partners. The clinic and hospital locations are located in the greater Green Bay area – similar to clinical rotations held in the greater Milwaukee area for MCW-Milwaukee students. Regardless of campus location, all MCW medical students will undertake clinical experiences in state-of-the-art medical centers in Wisconsin communities.

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     Will students at the regional campuses be able to transfer to Milwaukee?

    Students matriculating at the regional campuses should possess a complete understanding of the requirements of matriculating in a three-year program, and must fully intend to complete the full course of study at the regional campus.  In extenuating circumstances, individual student transfers may be considered in consultation with the regional Campus Dean and the MCW Academic Standing Committee.

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    For additional information, please read more  from MCW President and CEO John Raymond about the program’s admissions and curriculum.