Many experts predict that by 2025 the United States will suffer from a physician shortage of 130,600. This statistic, from a supply-and-demand study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is not only concerned with patient care resources nationwide but also resources at the state level. Wisconsin, a state that currently graduates 400 new physicians each year from its medical schools, is one area that is at risk for a physician shortage in the long term. In an attempt to offset the projected outlook of Wisconsin experiencing a 2,000-physician shortfall by 2030, the Medical College of Wisconsin is introducing a new program designed to get students on the fast track to graduating and beginning their healthcare careers.
New Medical College of Wisconsin
The technology-heavy program is hosted at a new medical campus within the Science Center at St. Norbert College. Supplementing the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Green Bay and Milwaukee campuses, the new 5,500-square foot campus features expanded classroom space, wall-to-wall televisions with high-definition capability, multi-directional teleconferencing devices and top-quality cameras. Aspiring physicians complete their general and specialized coursework while using this state- of-the-art technology, which enables faster completion of degree requirements and a smooth, efficient transition into practical training at patients’ bedsides.