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MCW-Central Wisconsin Community Connections

Information about the Wausau Community

Our Founding Partners

MCW-Central Wisconsin is a community-based partnership among academic, healthcare, civic and philanthropic leaders with a shared passion to preserve and secure the health and well-being of families throughout the region. This campus, a result of their dedication and visionary leadership, prepares primary care physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists and other specialists. Through these partners’ generosity, we are impacting the future healthcare in this region for generations to come.

  • Aspirus Inc.
  • Ascension Healthcare
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point at Wausau

IMG Gallery Side_Sentry OfficeA special thank you to the State of Wisconsin and the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment for crucial investments in the regional campuses at the MCW – Central Wisconsin campus.

Another special thank you to the Sentry endowment. A Sentry endowment supports MCW-Central Wisconsin’s dedication to training best-in-class physicians to treat patients, especially in northern Wisconsin communities, that have faced a shortage of providers. This support is vital to improving the quality of care for rural communities. According to Pete McPartland, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Sentry, “We are making this gift to build healthier communities and to secure access to quality healthcare for families in central Wisconsin. The innovative programs provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin enrich us all and we’re honored to stand with them in committing to improving the health of people here and across our state.” Sentry Insurance is headquartered in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Central Wisconsin Community Advisory Board

Members of the Community Advisory Boards for MCW-Central Wisconsin advise the Campus Deans on the development and implementation of the regional medical school programs. Drawn from prominent members of each community, the Boards include our healthcare and education partners, MCW alumni, and civic and local government representatives. Community Advisory Board Members have critical roles related to the campuses, including representing the communities they serve, providing feedback to MCW and the regional campus leadership on the impact the MCW Medical School programs are having in the community, advising the campus deans on the mission, vision, and strategic objectives, and serving as ambassadors for the campus in the community. 
Health System Partners

Ryan Andrews, MD
Kevin O'Connell, MD

Marshfield Clinic
David Mathias, MD
Ryan Neville
Marlene Roberts

North Central Health Care
Jill Meschke
Robert Gouthro, MD

Forest County Potawatomi Health Division
Tom Boelter
Sarah Genke

Education Partners

Northcentral Technical College
Angela Roesler

University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Tiffany Akins, PhD, ATC
Tracy Borcherdt, CSW
Ozalle M. Toms, PhD

Community Partners

Mary Ironside
Karla Lodholz
Stephanie Smith
Matt Jameson
Judy Russell, BSN, MSN, COHN-S, PN
Nicole Thill
Jim Kemerling
Michael Smith, JD

College Partners
Steven Bergin, MD
Lisa Grill Dodson, MD
Kelly Hillhouse
Kelly Mulder, MEd

Aspirus Riverview Hospital

Want to get involved at MCW-Central Wisconsin?

We are a community engaged campus and welcome people in the region that we serve to become involved in our campus. One of our favorite things is to connect with people in Central Wisconsin so that everyone can share in making MCW-Central Wisconsin part of the fabric of the area and responsive to the healthcare education needs in this region. Learn more about Central Wisconsin at the Central Wisconsin Visitors Bureau

Review a listing of potential ways and if you are interested in volunteering for any of these options, please submit your interest via the online form below.

  • Faculty preceptor to host a student during a clinical course
    • Many options are available during the 3-year curriculum
  • Faculty to teach at MCW-Central Wisconsin
    • We have many courses that call for local clinical instruction and small group sessions
  • Physician in the Community Pathways Partner
    • Are you a community group or organization with a connection to health or healthcare? Sponsor a student who will complete a service learning/research project at your workplace or agency
    • Submit your interest by submitting the form on this webpage
  • Regional Advisory Admissions Committee (RAAC)
    • Our RAAC reviews student applicants to advise our admissions office on who should be chosen for interviews from September through January. Additionally, our RAAC does group interviews between October and February to assist in determining which student applicants should be recommended for admission. Time commitment is flexible around your schedule.
    • Submit your interest by submitting the form on this webpage
  • Standardized Patient
    • Standardized patients role play during student clinical learning and exams so that students can learn excellent patient interaction skills. This is an hourly paid position that requires attendance at training sessions. Work is very sporadic and mostly during daytime hours. We recruit and train new standardized patients once/year. We are especially seeking individuals of ethnic diversity and of various ages.
    • Submit your interest by submitting the form on this webpage
  •  Community Advisory Board (CAB)
    •  The MCW-Central Wisconsin CAB is made up of various individuals and organizations in the Central Wisconsin area who have an interest in the success of the regional medical school campus. The CAB provides input and feedback to the campus. This group also helps with our pipeline activities to make sure high school and undergraduate students aware of the opportunities at MCW-Central Wisconsin. Additionally, the CAB helps connect the larger community to the local campus, welcome and support students and faculty, etc. 
    • If you are interested in the MCW-Central Wisconsin CAB, please let us know at  
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