Today’s news that the Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCOM) is considering the development of a medical school in central Wisconsin is one of many actual and potential efforts of the health care community to meet the demand for physician services.
In the last year, Ministry Health Care has significantly increased rotations for medical students to receive training in rural health care settings working with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison.
Currently, numerous 3rd year Medical students from UW-Madison rotate through the Marshfield campus as part of their education. Also, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic jointly operate a residency program with residencies in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, General Surgery and Dermatology. This program received a number of additional residency slots as part of health care reform--the only hospital in Wisconsin to benefit from this expansion.
In addition, in conjunction with Wheaton Franciscan Services, Affinity and ThedaCare, Ministry shares sponsorship of a Family Practice residency program in the Fox Valley.
"As a health care organization that has served central and northern Wisconsin for over 100 years, we are well aware of the physician need in this region,” said Mike Kryda, MD, vice president of medical affairs for Ministry Health Care. “We have many osteopathic physicians on our medical staffs of our hospitals as well as part of Ministry Medical Group and welcome the possibility that other efforts will be taken to increase physician supply.
Since October of 2010, 52 medical students and 27 Physician Assistant students completed rotations or preceptorships in Ministry hospitals and Ministry Medical Group clinics.
Kryda adds that past recruitment experience has indicated that the location of residency training is a major influence in a new physician’s decision of where to begin their practice after residency.
“The health care community should continue to explore additional opportunities to train physicians in the region where they could live and work,” said Kryda.