Medical School

Academic Affairs Annual Report


This year, a number of new collaborations were built, further enhancing MCW’s strong commitment to developing and cultivating partnerships. Our partners are vital to the success of educating and developing our future physicians and scientists – and because of those relationships the following accomplishments were made possible in 2016:

  • Launch of the Marquette University and MCW Biomedical Engineering Department
  • Start of the five-year integrated comprehensive diversity program Student Enrichment Programs for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP)
  • Completion of development and planning for regional campuses – a program created on a partnership model

Launch of the New Department of Biomedical Engineering

The new Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering officially launched July 1 to bring together the engineering education and research expertise of Marquette and the medical research, technology and clinical expertise of MCW to provide an inclusive education model for the next generation of engineers, scientists and physicians.

The new department offers students the ability to participate in research such as imaging and instrumentation, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, neurosystems and neurorehabilitation, cardiovascular and pulmonary research, genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, molecular imaging, cell and tissue engineering, drug discovery and technology development.

Marquette and MCW have a long history of collaboration; from 1913 to 1967 MCW was the Marquette University School of Medicine. Over the years, MCW and Marquette have partnered on many educational and research initiatives from transformational research projects to offering joint master’s degrees in Bioinformatics and Healthcare Technologies Management, as well as a joint PhD program in Functional Imaging.

Start of the Five-Year Integrated Comprehensive Diversity Program

MCW began the first phase of an integrated comprehensive diversity program to prepare underrepresented in medicine (URM) students for future health careers. This new pipeline program – Student Enrichment Programs for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP) - is supported by a five-year grant from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW), a statewide funder dedicated to improving health in Wisconsin communities. partnerships1

StEP-UP targets high-potential middle, high school and college students from Wisconsin with the aim to nurture them for success in a career in medicine or biomedical science. The foundation of this program is built on partnerships – key collaborators working to identify these talented students. MCW is partnering with the following educators in the Milwaukee area and has the goal to expand partnerships in central Wisconsin and Green Bay:

  • Undergraduate Institutions: Marquette University, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-Green Bay, Ripon College and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
  • Milwaukee Public Schools: Carmen High and Middle Schools, Golda Meir Middle School, Vieau Middle School, Hmong American Peace Academy, South Division High School, North Division High School, Marshall High School and Hamilton High School.
  • Community Partners: United Community Center, Indian Community School, UW-Milwaukee Precollege and TRIO and Marquette University Upward Bound.

Starting in early 2017, MCW will host quarterly weekend programs for 50-65 StEP-UP participants. The program will address practical skills, such as test-taking strategies and how to apply to medical or graduate school. Current MCW students will visit area schools to share their experiences, and MCW students and faculty will serve as mentors.

Preparing Wisconsin’s Next Generation of Physicians through Partnerships

MCW began designing regional campuses after a study released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association in November 2011 that highlighted the need for more primary care physicians in Wisconsin. MCW-Central Wisconsin opened in July 2016 - the second of two regional campuses to open; MCW-Green Bay welcomed its first class of students in July 2015. These events marked the culmination of more than four years of development and planning to build the community-based medical education program created on a partnership model.

Through collaboration with regional civic, academic and healthcare partners, the new campuses are training the next generation of family practitioners, general surgeons, and psychiatrists with demonstrated enthusiasm for future practice in Wisconsin communities, particularly in areas where doctors are needed the most. MCW-Green Bay has matriculated 56 students since 2015 and MCW-Central Wisconsin matriculated 26 students in July of 2016. Partners in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin are critical to the success of both campuses. "The campus in Green Bay could not have been built without the generosity of the community, our academic and clinical partners with their time, teaching and philanthropy. Partnership and collaboration really are the heart of the regional campus," stated Matthew Hunsaker, MD, campus dean of MCW-Green Bay.

Lisa Grill Dodson, MD, campus dean of MCW-Central Wisconsin agrees. “Our regional campus program is created on a partnership model engaging local and regional healthcare systems, colleges and universities, technical colleges, government and the local business communities. As central Wisconsin’s medical school, we have tremendous support locally and from MCW-Milwaukee – so we will be able to deliver a high-quality, innovative curriculum, to give bright local students the ability to stay here and maintain their family and community obligations, and ultimately provide resources where there is a significant shortage of physicians.”

Academic and clinical partners of MCW-Central Wisconsin include: Aspirus Inc., Ascension, Northcentral Technical College, University of Wisconsin – Marathon County, University of Wisconsin – Marshfield/Wood County, and University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

Academic and clinical partners of MCW-Green Bay include: Bellin College, Bellin Health, Hospital Sisters Health System Eastern Division, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Prevea Health, St. Norbert College, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Milo C. Huempfner Outpatient Clinic.