The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are scheduled to launch a new family medicine residency program this summer at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital in the Milwaukee area. The goal is to train more resident physicians who will elect to stay in Wisconsin to practice and meet the rising demand for family medicine expertise.
The new program will train six family medicine residents per year over a three-year period – for a total of 18 new residents in place once the program is up to full speed. MCW already has begun recruiting, with a planned start date for the residency program of July 1, 2017. As background, there is a current deficit of nearly 200 family medicine/primary care physicians in Wisconsin and a projected deficit by 2035 of about 900 to 3,800 – mostly in primary care and psychiatry.
While the shortage of family medicine doctors is greatest in Wisconsin's rural areas, it also is a problem in Milwaukee and other cities throughout the state. Increasing residency positions is a proven strategy for recruiting doctors to stay long-term, according to Ken Simons, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education and accreditation at MCW and executive director of Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. "Physicians who complete residency in Wisconsin have a better than 70 percent chance of remaining in the region to practice medicine," Dr. Simons shares.
"If even one of the residents from this program decides to stay and practice in Wisconsin, MCW will have greatly improved access to family medicine/primary care within a decade," adds Joseph E. Kerschner, MD '90, FEL '98, executive vice president and dean, School of Medicine.
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