Ministry Medical Group Seeks Applicants for Medical Student Loan Repayment Program

Ministry Medical Group (MMG), the physician-directed division of Ministry Health Care is seeking applicants for its 2014 Medical Student Loan Repayment Program.

The MMG Medical Student Loan Repayment Program offers student financial aid up to $200,000 for student enrolled in medical education programs.

It requires students return to, and work as, a primary care provider in an assigned Wisconsin community in which MMG has a facility for five years following residency.  This includes Amherst, Crandon, Eagle River, Iola, Laona, Merrill, Owen, Plover, Rhinelander, Rib Mountain, Stanley, Stevens Point, Thorp, Tomahawk, Waupaca, Weston or Woodruff.

It also requires students to complete a Qualified Education Program which is a course of study that prepares a student to become a licensed physician in the State of Wisconsin and specialize in primary care which includes Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics or Internal Medicine/Pediatrics.

“Ministry Medical Group loan repayments will relieve some of the staggering debt burden many health professionals face, and provide them with the opportunity to practice medicine in the location and specialty of their choice,” said Brant Bergeron, Medical Education Program Manager, Ministry Medical Group.

“The five year commitment following residency is a time for me to grow as a physician and welcome the mentoring of fellow clinicians. Ministry Health Care is a great place to do that and I look forward to being the next link in the chain in serving the health care needs of a Ministry community,” said Dr. Cole Marschke, a current medical resident and inaugural recipient of the MMG Medical Student Loan.

Candidates should have the following qualifications: commitment to high quality care and the health of rural communities, demonstrate MMG’s values and promise to patients, a demonstrated commitment to practice medicine in a rural setting to meet the community’s medical needs and a strong desire to live a rural lifestyle and develop social ties within the community.

Special consideration will be given for students with ties to Ministry Health Care or who are employees of Ministry Health Care or who have graduated from communities in which Ministry Health Care has facilities. Exceptions include: family members of physicians employed by Ministry organizations, family members of physicians on the medical staff of Ministry organizations or Ministry organization “insiders” (officers or directors) and their family members.

The application deadline is March 3, 2014. An online application is available at ministryhealth.org:  Click on the “Careers” tab, the “Student Opportunities” link and “Clinicals/Rotations” link to access the medical student loan application electronically. 

A brochure and paper application are also available by contacting Bergeron at brant.bergeron@ministryhealth.org or by calling 715.343.3371
 

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