Medical School

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

A 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.

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. 

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Academic Members

Northcentral Technical College
Lori Weyers, PhD
Roxanne Lutgen, MBA, JD, CPA

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
Daniel McCarty, PhD

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Broader Community Members

Mary Ironside
Jim Kemerling
Karla Lodholz 
Vasu Rishi

Judy Russell, BSN, MSN, COHN-S, PN
Michael Smith, JD
Stephanie Smith
Brian Stezenski-Williams
Nicole Thill

Clinical Members

Ascension
Peter Stamas, Jr., MD
Michelle Hartness

Aspirus
Ryan Andrews, MD
Kevin O’Connell, MD
Thomas Voelker, MD

Marshfield Clinic
Matthew Jansen, MD

North Central Health Care
Michael Loy

Medical College of Wisconsin Members
MCW Alumni Association Representative
Steve Bergin, MD

MCW-Central Wisconsin (Ex-Officio)
Lisa Grill Dodson, MD
Theresa Gutsch, MS, RD, CAPM

MCW-Milwaukee
Kathryn Kuhn

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
  • Faculty to teach at MCW-Central Wisconsin
  • 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 askmcwcw@mcw.edu.  
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