Ministry offers financial aid to medical students

Ministry Medical group is again offering financial aid to medical students through its Medical Student Loan Repayment Program.

The program offers up to $200,000 in aid to students enrolled in medical education programs. It requires students return to, and work as, a primary care provider in an assigned Wisconsin community in which Ministry Medical Group (MMG) has a facility (Amherst, Crandon, Eagle River, Iola, Laona, Merrill, Plover, Rhinelander, Rib Mountain, Stevens Point, Tomahawk, Waupaca, Weston or Woodruff) for five years following residency. It also requires students to complete a Qualified Education Program (a course of study that prepares a student to become a licensed physician in the state of Wisconsin) and specialize in primary care: 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. 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, inaugural recipient of the MMG Medical Student Loan (now in residency).

The principle candidate should have the following qualifications: commitment to high quality care and the health of rural communities, demonstrate Ministry Medical Group’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 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. On line application available at  Click on the “Careers” tab, the “Student Opportunities” link and “Clinicals/Rotations” link to access the medical student loan application electronically.  You can also request a brochure/paper application from Brant Bergeron or by calling 715-343-3371

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