NTC will share space with Medical College of Wisconsin

July 3, 2013

From wausaudailyherald.com: “Medical school announces new Wausau locations” — The Medical College of Wisconsin will train new doctors at Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College as it works in cooperation with all central Wisconsin physician groups, the school announced Tuesday.

The Aspirus space will house the medical education program’s classrooms and administrative offices, and NTC will share anatomy and simulation space.

The school’s board decided on the two locations after determining that the Liberty Mutual Insurance building on Wausau’s west side was too large to house operations.

Marita Hattem, interim president and chief operating officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital, said health care is an important part of any community, and training and maintaining doctors in rural areas such as north central Wisconsin is crucial.

“It (will be) fun for us as employees to see students coming and going,” she said. “Anything we can do to encourage their education and support them in that as much as we can is important.”

The medical college will have 75 students a year once it is running at full capacity and will have dozens of employees, educators or physicians who will need places to eat, live and occasionally have fun, creating a need for restaurants, apartments and entertainment near the campus.

The college will begin training students in 2015 to participate in local residency programs at central Wisconsin hospitals. The hope is that those students will establish careers in the state’s rural areas to resolve a looming physician shortage in the next two decades.

In addition to Aspirus and NTC, the new campus also plans to partner with Ministry Health Care and Marshfield Clinic, along with the University of Wisconsin Marathon County.

Last fall, college representatives were approached by business and community leaders in Wausau to consider the former Liberty headquarters as the home for its community-based medical education program.

“We strongly considered the use of the Liberty Mutual Insurance building and are extremely grateful for the assistance of Liberty Mutual’s executives as well as numerous community leaders,” John R. Raymond Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin president and CEO, said in the release. “We regret that ultimately the beautiful building was just too large for the needs of the program.”

The medical college will make its temporary home in the third floor of an addition to Aspirus’ operating rooms. Hattem said hospital officials did not have a definite plan for the space, and are happy to allow the medical college to use the space for the short-term future.

Officials from Northcentral Technical College could not be reached for comment Tuesday; the school is closed July 1 through July 5.

The community medical education program addresses the need for providers in under-served communities across Wisconsin and uses a teaching model in which students receive core basic science and clinical experience in the community, teaching with other practitioners and encouraging students to practice in the communities where they train.

The medical college in coming months will begin design development for the facilities within both Aspirus and Northcentral Technical College. Student recruitment will begin in spring 2014.



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