MCW applauds State Building Commission for release of regional campus funding
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received more than $5 million from the State Building Commission to develop two new medical school campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. The funds, which were approved in the 2013 state budget, are being released now to support the development of both campuses. The action taken by the State Building Commission releasing those funds allows MCW to formally begin utilizing the grant funding.
“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 John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president and CEO 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.”
Governor Walker proposed funding for the new medical school campuses in 2012 within his capital budget proposal to the legislature. That proposal came on the heels of the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2011 report, 100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin, which estimated that Wisconsin will need to add 100 new physicians per year, for the next 20 years, to alleviate the state’s growing physician shortage.
MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin will eventually graduate an additional 50 physicians per year, or 25 additional students per campus. In addition to increasing the capacity of medical students in the state, MCW is working to create additional graduate medical education programs in northeast and central Wisconsin so that medical school graduates have the ability to remain in the regions for residency training.
“MCW is partnering closely with area health systems, educational institutions and clinical partners to create robust physician workforce training pipelines in northeast and central Wisconsin,” said Matthew Hunsaker, MD, Dean of MCW-Green Bay, who also 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 in the community 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.”
The State Building Commission meeting was held at the Expo Center at the State Fair Park in West Allis. MCW-Green Bay’s founding dean, Matthew Hunsaker, MD along with Kathryn Kuhn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, testified on behalf of MCW and provided an update on the status of the campuses for members of the State Building Commission.