DHS Announces New Grants to Support Graduate Medical Education

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The Medical Residency Programs help increase access to health care in rural and underserved areas

Grants totaling more than $2.9 million to support development of three new residency programs and eight new resident positions in current programs were announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Launched in July 2014, the DHS Graduate Medical Education (GME) Initiative builds on numerous partnerships among hospitals and clinics, health systems and academic institutions to expand GME and helps ensure access to quality health care in rural and other underserved areas of the state.

Based on current data, we know that Wisconsin faces a significant physician shortage in the near future due to a number of factors, including an aging population, increases in chronic diseases and retiring physicians,” Governor Scott Walker said. “Our investments in expansion of GME programs help ensure that we can meet this challenge. This year, we also increased our investments in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry to address the opioid crisis by supporting new fellowships in these specialties.”

Three-year grants to support development of new GME programs were awarded to:

  • Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, Stevens Point – Family Medicine
  • Health Sisters Health System (HSHS) St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay – Family Medicine
  • The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

Existing accredited GME programs receiving funding for new resident positions for the length of the residency are:

  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Family Medicine Resident Training Program
  • Monroe Clinic Rural Family Medicine Resident Training Program
  • The Medical College of Wisconsin Central Psychiatry Resident Training Program
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

“DHS applauds the hard work demonstrated by these successful applicants, including creating partnerships with rural facilities for new clinical training opportunities,” DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer said. “We know that this training coupled with residents who have prior or existing ties to Wisconsin significantly increases the likelihood that resident physicians will establish their practices in these or similar rural areas.”

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