Medical School

Scholarly Pathways

MCW's Scholarly Pathways allow you to individualize your medical school experience by exploring a career path that is of interest to you, and of vital importance to the lives of your future patients.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Bioethics and Medical Humanities

The Bioethics & Medical Humanities Pathway will enable medical students to integrate the knowledge and tools of bioethics and medical humanities into their careers as physicians.  This will be achieved through a variety of activities that encompass knowledge of the bioethics scholarly literature through discussion and application of analytic frameworks to clinical ethics, research ethics and ethics teaching. Additionally, the knowledge and skills of bioethics and medical humanities will enable medical students to strengthen their professionalism, improve communication, preserve empathy and support reflective practice.  

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Clinician Educator

Clinician Educator

The Clinician Educator Pathway is designed for students interested in the theory and methods of teaching and learning in medical education. Students will explore methods to improve teaching in the clinical setting, learn how to apply educational principles to the development of educational materials and curricula, and develop a scholarly educational product.  
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Clinical and Translational Research

Clinical and Translational Research

The Clinical and Translational Research Pathway is for students interested in complementing their clinical development with the skills required to become clinician-scientists. Through core sessions and a mentored research project, students gain an understanding of the way clinical and translational research improves patient care. This Pathway uses a hypothesis driven research project to provide the student an individualized research experience allowing for the development of research skills.
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Global Health

Global Health

The Global Health Pathway is designed for students interested in understanding the healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities around the world. It prepares students for the challenges of working in areas of the world with limited health care resources. Core curriculum topics are consistent with those proposed by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and other medical schools that have long been on the forefront of global health education and research. Pathway activities are coordinated with the office of the Associate Dean for Global Health. 
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Health Systems Management and Policy

Health Systems Management and Policy

The Health Systems Management and Policy Pathway will help students understand health policy and the business and economics of medicine. It will also provide students with leadership skills so that they can participate in the changes needed for the U.S. health care system to improve and thrive. The goal of this Pathway is to provide a working knowledge of the health care systems for students who have an interest in pursuing administrative and leadership roles in their future, who would like to effectively advocate for the development and implementation of health policies, and who desire a deeper understanding of how health care is structured and delivered so that they will be a more valuable member or a leader in their health care organization in the future.
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Molecular and Cellular Research

Molecular and Cellular Research

The Molecular and Cellular Research Pathway provides core research skills in the area of basic science research. This Pathway is focused on competencies that can be gained from scientific research that are transferable to clinical practice, including communication (oral and written), time management, information gathering, critical thinking/critical assessment (i.e. data analysis, critical reading of scientific literature), and problem solving. Students learn to work in teams and/or independently. 
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Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QuIPS) provides students with the core principles and skills necessary to understand and analyze the systems-based aspects of patient care, to actively engage in quality improvement work, and to enhance patient safety with the of achieving the best possible health outcomes for patients.
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Urban and Community Health

Urban and Community Health

Both population health and patient-centered care perspectives recognize the influence of lifestyle, socio-economic factors, community resources and environmental hazards on morbidity, mortality and well-being. The Urban & Community Health (UCH) Pathway links education with community needs and assets, to prepare students to effectively care for patients in urban communities, promote community health, and reduce health disparities.
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Physician in the Community Pathway - MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin

Physician in the Community Pathway - MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin

As an MCW-Green Bay or MCW-Central Wisconsin student, you’ll participate in our Physician in the Community Pathway, linking your medical education with the resources of our clinical partners and the needs of the Green Bay-area communities to promote health in Northern Wisconsin. This unique MCW experience is designed to cultivate your medical skills and interests, transforming them into a quest for lifelong learning in your practice as a primary care physician, general surgeon or psychiatrist.

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