Partners begin countdown as MCW-Green Bay launch date edges nearer

Teams of representatives from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Green Bay community assembled April 10 for a Countdown-to-Launch retreat to outline the steps remaining before MCW-Green Bay opens its doors to students in the summer of 2015.

Discussions focused primarily on topics pertaining to campus faculty as well as recruitment. Participants discussed the pipeline to medical school and becoming a doctor, faculty development needs, the benefits of being an MCW faculty member, how to teach team-based learning and integrate case-based discussions, teaching in the clinic, communication in bedside rounds, nuances between undergraduate education and medical education, and what it means to be a teaching faculty member.

Retreat organizers noted strong enthusiasm among participants and the community at large amid acknowledgement that much work remains. The collaboration is viewed as strong, while more communication and better understanding of the process and objectives is desired by stakeholders.

Retreat-goers defined key action items to accomplish during the next 14 months and developed a calendar for phased completion. These include more immediate goals, such as defining specific faculty roles, resources and development opportunities; mid-range goals, including the development of interdisciplinary learning opportunities; and longer-range goals, such as educating students and families on medical education and financial aid.

Ensuring a thorough understanding of the medical school curriculum as well as the specific responsibilities and expectations for MCW-Green Bay faculty members remains a critical priority in anticipation of faculty and student recruitment.

A total of 25 MCW faculty and staff participated in the Countdown-to-Launch retreat along with 36 Green Bay area partners, including representatives from:

  • St. Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Bellin College
  • Aurora BayCare Medical Center
  • Bellin Health
  • Prevea Health
  • Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
  • Hospital Sisters Health System – Eastern Wisconsin Division
  • Community Advisory Board members
  • Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Green Bay Area Public School District

A retreat for MCW faculty and staff in Milwaukee on March 14 preceded the April 10 Green Bay retreat and highlighted key project achievements, program challenges and opportunities, and the overall development and implementation plan for MCW-Green Bay.

Snapshots from the April 10 Countdown-to-Launch retreat:

Kurt Voss (Amerilux International, LLC and MCW-Green Bay Community Advisory Board) and Dr. Paul Summerside (Aurora BayCare Medical Center).

Dr. Joan Bedinghaus (MCW) and Dr. Ed Millermaier (Bellin Health).


Dr. Saied Assef, Morgan Rabatine Nagel, Dr. Jim Warpinski and Dr. Jim Jerzak (Bellin Health).

Dr. Jon Lehrmann (MCW) and Dr. Ashwani Bhatia (Aurora BayCare Medical Center).

Dr. Stephanie Stewart (Bellin College of Nursing).


Dr. Connie Boerst (Bellin College of Nursing) and Mark Higgins (Johnson Bank, MCW-Green Bay Community Advisory Board).

May yer Thao, Anna Narvey and Sarah DiPadova (MCW Community Medical Education staff).

Dr. Jeff Frick and Dr. Shilo Ramos (Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center).

Dr. Michelle Langenfeld (Green Bay Area Public School District).

Dr. Matthew Hunsaker (MCW) presents to retreat participants.


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