Medical School

Physician in the Community

Scholarly Pathway

MCW-Central Wisconsin students participate in the Physician in the Community Scholarly Pathway, linking their medical education with the resources of our clinical partners and the needs of the local community to promote health.

Student projects include areas such as:

  • Early childhood education
  • Youth mentoring
  • Teen homelessness
  • Walking for wellness
  • High school sexual assault prevention
  • Chronic disease in the Hmong community
  • Senior wellness
  • Job opportunities for chronically unemployed
  • Community approaches to substance abuse

The students work with a variety of individuals and organizations in the Central Wisconsin area. Some of our community partners include:

  • Marathon County Child Development Agency
  • Wausau & DC Everest Public Schools
  • Enrich Excel Achieve Learning Academy
  • Greater Wausau Christian Services
  • Good News Project
  • Marathon County AOD Partnership
  • Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy & Service
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Aspirus Inc.
  • Bridge Community Health Clinic
  • Aging & Disability Resource Center
  • The Women’s Community
  • Marshfield Clinic Community Connections Team
  • United Way
  • Marathon County Health Department
  • The Open Door of Marathon County, Inc.
  • The Hannah Center
  • Providers and Teens Communicating for Health (PATCH)
  • From Laos to America Museum
  • City of Wausau
  • North Central Health Care

Student Project Showcase

Our goal is that all the students who train on the MCW-Central Wisconsin regional campus will be community-engaged physicians. This means that they will reflect on the impact that the social determinants of health have on their patients’ lives and advocate for the overall health of the communities where they choose to practice. Over the two-year Physician in the Community course, students have forged relationships with community members across many professional disciplines and have explored local health priorities. 

Through their projects, the students have identified community needs, collaborated to design appropriate methods, and developed effective presentations.

Learn more about the exciting projects from the Class of 2019 (PDF)