INSTITUTIONS OF THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN
Another very important reason for choosing the Medical College of Wisconsin is the breadth of resources and the national prominence of the Medical College along with the strong hospital affiliations. All of our affiliate hospitals are profitable and growing. This creates an atmosphere of confidence and enthusiasm, a truly positive environment.
The Medical College of Wisconsin was founded in 1893, and is Wisconsin's only private medical school. It is the largest private research institution in Wisconsin, receiving more than $151 million annually in research support placing the Medical College of Wisconsin in the top 35% of all medical schools in the United States for federal research funding. More than 1,200 Medical College faculty physicians care for 400,000 patients annually. A total of 1,270 students are enrolled in the College's Medical School and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty supervises more than 850 physicians in residency and fellowship programs. The College sponsors or participates in numerous programs serving the health and education needs of the people of Wisconsin.
The Medical College is home to nine internationally and federally designated centers of biomedical research. Since 1998, National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to the Medical College has increased 220% compared to a national average growth rate of 153%. The Medical College's ranking among medical schools for NIH funding support rose from 57th place in 1994 to 44th place in 2011.
The more than 1,200 faculty physicians at the Medical College provide adult and pediatric care in every specialty and sub-specialty of medicine. The Medical College's major affiliated teaching hospitals are Froedtert Hospital, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
The Medical College's Medical School has been re-accredited for the maximum eight years, to 2019, by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada. US News and World Report ranked the Medical College as one of American's top 50 medical schools for both primary care and research.
Childrens' Hospital of Wisconsin was founded in 1894. An affiliate of the adjacent Medical College of Wisconsin, the current facility opened in 1988. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin now houses seven inpatient units, including the 24-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 22-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 24-bed hematology and oncology services as well as a transplant unit, 28-bed Short Stay Unit and the Emergency Department/Trauma Center. It is the only hospital in Wisconsin dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It also serves as the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state devoted to children and is one of only 14 pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the United States. Children's Hospital serves children with all types of illnesses, injuries, birth defects and other disorders. Care is provided for children from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a private, independent, not-for-profit hospital. It is a major teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and is affiliated with 16 schools of nursing. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been recognized by Child magazine as one of the 10 best children's hospital and is named by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals.
Froedtert Hospital is a 400 bed regional medical center and the only adult Level I Trauma Center in Milwaukee. It has a spinal injury unit, traumatic brain injury service and a sophisticated interdisciplinary neurosciences program. The PM&R department has 31 inpatient CARF certified rehabilitation beds and our faculty and residents manage these patients with spinal injuries, strokes, brain injuries, and other disabling conditions. We work closely with our neurology, orthopedic, and neurosurgery colleagues. Our main offices and outpatient clinics are located at Froedtert Hospital convenient to the hospital, our clinics, and the inpatient services.
The Zablocki Veterans Medical Center is a major supporter of PM&R and we have a robust clinical operation at this VA. This is the regional medical center for Wisconsin and upper Illinois. It has a regional Spinal Cord Injury Center that received a Department of Health and Human Services Award of Excellence. The PM&R department has 48 beds at the VA including 38 spinal injury beds and 10 general rehabilitation beds. We offer substantial EMG services as well as outpatient care for veterans with debilitating illnesses.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a well established program that has been in existence for over four decades, training more than a hundred and fifty physiatrists. Our current complement of 18 resident slots and six fellowship positions makes us one of the larger training programs in PMR in the United States. We have three strong teaching affiliate hospitals as described above.
The Department of PM&R at the Medical College of Wisconsin has senior researchers with substantial external funding from NIH and NIDRR, creating an exciting academic and research environment that brings the latest rehabilitation advances to the bedside and to resident education. As a clinical department, we are profitable due to our hard-working faculty, efficient operations, and favorable reimbursement environment in Milwaukee. This translates into a vibrant and enjoyable department in which you can be confident that the three years of time spent here will see stability and positive growth.
In summary, we are uniquely situated to train residents in the science and art of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The strength of our department, the strong affiliate hospitals, the robust scientific community of the Medical College, and the commitment of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty ensure that your education will be outstanding.