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Governor Evers’ Budget Proposal Includes Expanding Medical Education and Training Initiatives

Milwaukee, March 1, 2019 – The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) applauds Governor Tony Evers for proposing an expansion of MCW’s Family Medicine Residency Program, an annual increase in Medical Student Tuition Assistance for Wisconsin residents attending MCW and allocating planning funds for a potential Comprehensive Mental Health Consultation Program, based upon Wisconsin’s Child Psychiatry Consultation Program.

“MCW commends Governor Evers for his leadership and support for advancing medical education initiatives within his 2019-21 biennial budget proposal,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO. “These proposals build upon MCW’s decades-long partnerships with the state of Wisconsin, and we are grateful that the Governor shares our vision and commitment to strengthen the state’s physician workforce and increase access to primary care.”

“The MCW Department of Family and Community Medicine is very appreciative of Governor Evers’ budgetary support of the Family Medicine Residency Programs in both Appleton and Eau Claire,” said Alan David, MD, chair and professor of family medicine of MCW’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. “The majority of family physicians finishing these programs stay and practice in the northern regions of the state providing individuals, families and communities with access to first rate primary care services in the communities in which many people live and work. This provision of state funding support is critical to the survival of these residency programs and to their potential to increase the numbers of available family physicians serving the people of Wisconsin.”

MCW is thankful for the Governor’s proposals to expand medical education and training initiatives in the 2019-21 biennial budget and looks forward to continuing to work with the legislature to advance access to world-class healthcare across the state.

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