Medical College of Wisconsin Medical School Medical School

Prospective Students

Our Vision

MCW-Central Wisconsin strives to be the most community-engaged campus in the nation. Additionally, we are working to help address a critical shortage of primary care physicians (family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine) and psychiatrists for the northern Wisconsin region. Our primary goal is to recruit students from rural and diverse backgrounds as well as students who are first generation college graduates who want to pursue medicine and set up their practices in northern Wisconsin. MCW-CW offers a 3-year program for primary care specialties, which can be a financial benefit to students.
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Why Choose MCW-Central Wisconsin

In July 2016, MCW-Central Wisconsin matriculated its first class of medical students at our newest campus in beautiful Central Wisconsin, working in partnership with the best academic and medical facilities in the region. If you love the quality of life that comes with year-round outdoor sports and entertainment, balanced with great schools and quality family life in a mid-size city with top amenities, this campus may be for you.

MCW-Central Wisconsin provides an innovative and focused 3-year curriculum to train primary care physicians (family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine), and psychiatrists who want to live and work in the region when they complete their medical education. The program is community-focused, involving many community providers and organizations in the outstanding curricular activities for our learners. We do not have research labs and aren’t suited to training students for complex specialties, but we offer small class sizes and the chance to get to know your faculty in the classroom and in the clinical setting. Students work side-by-side with community physicians while on clerkship rotations. By choosing MCW-Central Wisconsin, you can help ensure the sustainability of the healthcare system in our region, eventually taking the place of a retiring physician.

Our program offers contemporary learning technology, state-of-the art classrooms and labs, and the ability to get plenty of one-on-one attention from some of the best physicians in the region to help you learn how to become a world-class doctor and a leader in your community. If this sounds like the place for you, learn more and join us at MCW-Central Wisconsin.

View the FAQ: Is MCW-Central Wisconsin a Good Fit for Me? (PDF)

Virtual Campus Visits

Due to the pandemic, we can’t host guest students who want to learn about MCW-CW at our campus location, so we will bring the campus to you! If you’re considering medical school and the MCW-Central Wisconsin campus specifically, please join us to learn about our campus mission, our courses and how to prepare for admission and student life at our regional medical school campus. We will even provide a virtual tour of our beautiful new facility in Wausau, WI!

To register and get the link to participate, please email Chris Knight, Student Services Program Manager,

Upcoming Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 11 | 10 a.m.– 12 p.m.
  • Friday, November 10 | 1–3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 19 | 9–11 a.m.

Special Programs at MCW-Central Wisconsin

Advocates in Medicine Pathway

Creating a Pathway for Rural and Hmong Students at MCW-Central Wisconsin

Through the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW), the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin will develop an Advocates in Medicine (AMP) pathway to facilitate easy entry of undergraduates from rural and Hmong backgrounds into the medical degree program in order to develop a future health care workforce that is poised to meet the diverse health care needs of Wisconsin communities.

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Aspirus National Residency Match Program Exception
Aspirus, in partnership with the MCW-CW Campus, has developed an innovative family medicine training curriculum that provides a direct entry from MCW-CW into the Aspirus Wausau Family Medicine Residency Program.  The purpose of this curriculum is to provide participants a seamless transition from medical school to residency while providing robust continuity of clinical and community care experiences spanning medical school and residency training.  Each year one (typically an M2) MCW-CW student will be selected (after a competitive application process) to join the Aspirus Family Medicine Residency upon graduation from MCW-CW.    

The selected student will have opportunity to; complete their MCW-CW family medicine rotations at the Residency, participate on the Residency teaching service, be assigned a resident mentor, develop a pre-residency continuity relationship with future patients, and extend their MCW-CW community project into their residency program.   The selected student does not have to participate in the NRMP Match program (however the student retains the right to drop out of the exception and go through the competitive multi-residency program interview process by participating in the NRMP residency match).     

The application process begins in January and involves a formal interview with the Residency Program after submission of a personal statement and Dean’s letter. 

View more information about the program

Aspirus Scholars Program
The Aspirus Scholars Program was created by Aspirus and several community partners to address the health needs of patients in north central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and ensure access to high-quality medical providers, today and for future generations. 

The Aspirus Scholars Program provides scholarships to MCW-CW first or second-year medical students through a competitive application process.   The program provides a combination of scholarship and loan forgiveness (in exchange for a service commitment and rewarding career with Aspirus). 

The Aspirus Scholars program is designed to help alleviate some of the debt burden many of our medical providers are faced with today.  

Visit the Aspirus website for more information

Wisconsin AHEC Scholars Program

Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Each year as an AHEC Scholar, you’ll participate in a combination of didactic and community-based experiential training in a Wisconsin rural community and/or with undeserved populations.

Educational and training activities support the following six (6) Core Topics:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issue

Learn More about the Program

Campus Information

Our campus faculty and staff are available to help you every step of the way, from admissions to graduations. Take a look at some of the information below to begin your journey here at MCW.


MCW-CW looks to recruit first generation college graduates, rural students, and students of diverse backgrounds, especially from Wisconsin, and specifically northern Wisconsin. MCW-CW admissions are administered through the MCW institutional Admissions Department.  
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Campus Tour

Campus Tour

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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

MCW-CW supports diversity and inclusion on our campus and in our community.  MCW-CW has adopted the AAMC Peaceful Protest position.  

Read the full AAMC Statement
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

View information to help you navigate how to afford and budget for medical school.
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Our Team

Our Team

Meet the MCW-Central Wisconsin Team!
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2022 MCW Residency Match Central Wisconsin

Residency Match 2022

On March 18, 2022, graduating medical students at MCW-Central Wisconsin found out where they will serve their post-graduate residency training. On "Match Day," a nationally administered computerized system gives the results of matches made between medical students and residency training programs across the country.