MCW applauds state support of Physician Workforce Program
June 03, 2013 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) applauded the Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC) bipartisan 16-0 vote May 30 to invest an additional $1.76 million toward 12 new family medicine residency positions within the MCW’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. The JFC also provided $500,000 to begin developing a new family medicine residency program in northeast Wisconsin – where none currently exists.
“The Medical College of Wisconsin seeks to transform the future of care in Wisconsin through an expansion of medical education and training in physician shortage areas of our state,” MCW President & CEO John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, stated. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Joint Finance Committee and to Governor Walker for this support to expand our partnership in this crucial endeavor.”
Dr. Raymond said the planned funding toward a new program in northeast Wisconsin represents an opportunity to eventually place additional family physicians into underserved areas. MCW also expects to be eligible for, and will be pursuing federal assistance to help partially offset the future cost of the program.
“We welcome the opportunity to begin planning with our community partners a new family medicine residency program in northeast Wisconsin,” Dr. Raymond said. “The program will complement our proposed Community Medical Education Program in the area. Together, these initiatives should lead to significant increases of family physicians in this region, who will provide a lifetime of care to patients.”
MCW’s Community Medical Education Program proposes to create two new campuses in the Green Bay and Central Wisconsin regions, and is expected to be voted on by the State Building Commission for at its next scheduled meeting on June 19. The new campuses would each enroll at least 15 students the first year and will grow to at least 25 new students in subsequent years and would provide nationally-innovative teaching curriculum.
Overall, the JFC recommended an additional $2.26 million toward MCW’s Family Medicine Residency Training Program. The investments represent a significant increase to the current program, which currently supports 52 family medicine residents at three locations in southeast Wisconsin.