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Wausau medical college addressing physician shortage in central Wis.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW), July 14, 2017 - Findings from a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine paint a dark picture for rural communities -- the number of physicians who stay in areas like central Wisconsin is shrinking. But efforts are being made to curb that trend.

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wisconsin state assembly recognizes mcw-central wisconsin

June 19, 2017 - The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a joint resolution on Wednesday, June 14, honoring the efforts of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin since its opening in July 2016. 

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summer clerkships engage students in community and provide real world experience for mcw-central wiSCONSIN students

June 12, 2017 - For the first time, Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)-Central Wisconsin medical students will participate in summer clerkships. The medical clerkships, or rotations, offer students opportunities to engage with the members of the community, gain experience through different medical specialties and treat patients under the supervision of physicians. 

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wausau med school's 1st year 'awesome, exhausting'

June 9, 2017 - Student and dean look back and ahead after first year of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus. 

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Local Doctor Named Advocate to Help Underserved Students Compete, Succeed in Science Research Competitions

May 18, 2017 - Jeff Fritz, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin (MCW-CW), was selected by the Society for Science & the Public for the Advocate Grant Program from 2017-2018. This program was started to help underserved students overcome barriers, compete, and succeed in science research competitions. Dr. Fritz will work alongside 44 other advocates nationwide to help local high school students navigate the process for science research competitions.

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May 10, 2017 - Lisa Dodson, MD, campus dean of MCW-Central Wisconsin, received the President’s Award for Faculty. Dr. Dodson believes in building community involvement through medical education by collaborating with surrounding academic, civic and healthcare partners to establish unified support of innovative medical education in Central Wisconsin. This year’s President’s Community Engagement Faculty Award recognizes Dr. Dodson for her leadership, enthusiasm and achievements.

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MCW-Central Wisconsin student named Aspirus Scholar

March 2, 2017 - When Christopher Zeman, a first-year medical student at MCW-Central Wisconsin, was preparing to welcome his third child, he and his wife learned their daughter was going to need some extra attention and surgery. It was during this particular time that Christopher first encountered the difficulty of finding adequate health care.

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Dr. Teresa Patitucci broadens her anatomy skills through prestigious Anatomy Training Program

September 2017 - Teresa Patitucci, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy at MCW-Central Wisconsin, can now add “Oxford scholar” to her CV, kind of. Dr. Patitucci spent this past year broadening her perspective on how anatomy is taught at different institutions as a part of the Anatomy Training Program, including an intensive weeklong training at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

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  • Hmong Culture Education
  • Awards & Appreciation Dinner
  • WI Rapids Student Visit
  • CAPS

MCW-Central Wisconsin Physician Shares Hmong Culture with Wausau Community Members

MCW-Central Wisconsin Physician Shares Hmong Culture with Wausau Community MembersAs part of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s - Central Wisconsin’s (MCW-CW) Physician in the Community Pathways course, Dr. Corrie Norrbom, MD and Dr. Amy Prunuske, PhD, Pathways course directors at MCW-Central Wisconsin shared the Hmong culture with a group of community members. On July 20, 2017, they visited the Hmong exhibit at the Wausau Center Hmong Museum and then the Hmong community gardens, sharing a meal with the garden director, the gardeners and their families. Medical students learned about the Hmong culture, common Hmong health practices and beliefs, typical medical concerns and traditional treatments in the Hmong community. They also learned about the benefits of the community gardening program to the Hmong community in the area and sampled some traditional Hmong foods.

The MCW-CW Physician in the Community Pathways course links education with community needs and assets to prepare students to effectively care for their patients, promote community health and reduce health disparities. According to census estimates, Wausau’s Marathon County alone is home to nearly 7,500 Asian residents, the vast majority being Hmong Americans.

On Tuesday, May 2, MCW-Central Wisconsin faculty, staff, students, and community members were celebrated at the first Appreciation and Awards Dinner.

Recognition included student awards and the Dean’s Award given to a community member. Awards were competitive and chosen by a committee of MCW-Central Wisconsin leadership and community members from the Central Wisconsin Regional Advisory Admissions Committee. The scholarship was competitive and chosen by an MCW committee consisting of leadership, admissions, development and financial aid representatives.

Awards and Appreciation Dinner



Through funding provided by the Aspirus Riverview Foundation, MCW-Central Wisconsin campus hosted a visit from 50 Wisconsin Rapids high school students. 

While on the MCW-Central Wisconsin campus, students were able to participate in a class lecture, medical student exercises and a hands-on brain investigation with body donor organs. The sessions were led by Drs. Roy Long, Jake Prunuske, and Jeff Fritz of MCW-Central Wisconsin. Students were also able to participate in a discussion with the campus’ Assistant Deans about what it’s like to be a Family Practice doctor and how to navigate a path to medical school.

“By providing unique experiences to youth in the community, MCW encourages local students to consider attending medical school and having a future in healthcare,” said Dr. Lisa Dodson. “Significant effort is being dedicated to identify future students from the area with an interest in healthcare professions and keep them on a trajectory for future medical college acceptance.  Visits like this one from local high school students are an impactful, hands-on part of that effort.”

Wisconsin Rapids Student Visit



MCW-Central Wisconsin hosted a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) on February 27, 2017. This learning tool has been created as a way to help people understand the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Some are TANF recipients, some are disabled, and some are senior citizens on Social Security. They have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute "weeks." They interact with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others. 

Poverty Simulation



Therapy Dogs

MCW-Central Wisconsin students unwind with a puppy party after their "ruff" first exam of medical school.



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