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Marshfield, Med School Campus Agreement

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MADISON – Marshfield Clinic will become an academic campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) under an agreement signed by the two organizations.
 
Under the broad agreement, Marshfield Clinic and SMPH will work together to expand medical student and resident education and training opportunities at several Marshfield Clinic locations, and launch a program to address the shortage of physicians in rural areas of the state.
 
The new agreement builds on a highly productive, decades-long relationship, says Robert Golden, MD, dean of the school.
 
“We are absolutely delighted to formally recognize the growing partnership between the Marshfield Academic Campus and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health,” says Golden. “For years, Marshfield has provided invaluable educational opportunities for our students. These shared academic activities will continue to expand, most notably now with Marshfield’s critical involvement in our new Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine - or WARM.”
 
To launch in academic year 2007-08, the four-year WARM program will train physicians to practice in rural hospitals, clinics and offices where shortages currently exist and are expected to worsen. Students enrolled in the inaugural WARM class will spend their first two years in Madison at the school and their third and fourth years at Marshfield Clinic locations. The rural hub of the WARM program will be Rice Lake, with clinical opportunities in Chetek, Ladysmith and Chippewa Falls.
 
Third- and fourth-year medical students not involved in WARM, as well as physician assistant students, will take part in educational programs at Marshfield Clinic locations that include Marshfield, Wausau, Eau Claire, Minocqua and Rice Lake.
 
Marshfield will be known as the Marshfield Academic Campus, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Eric Stratman, MD, medical director of Marshfield Clinic’s Division of Education, will become the associate dean for the Marshfield Academic Campus.
 
"Marshfield Clinic is proud of its long-standing affiliation with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health,” says Marshfield Clinic president/chief executive officer Karl Ulrich, MD, MMM. “We are thrilled to engage in an expansion of our role with SMPH and remain dedicated to the education of those wishing to enter the health care field.”
 
For decades, third-year SMPH students have chosen Marshfield Clinic as the place to complete their required month-long internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and/or primary care clerkships. Marshfield was also one of the original sites in the SMPH preceptorship program created in 1926. Marshfield preceptors have continuously provided fourth-year medical students six to eight weeks of concentrated blocks of hands-on training, ensuring diverse clinical experiences complementing clinical training in urban hospitals in and around Madison. This contribution will continue.
 
With the new agreement, Marshfield Clinic becomes the SMPH’s third academic campus, joining Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee and Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse as sites offering essential clinical training for SMPH medical and physician assistant students.
 
Although the recently signed affiliation agreement focuses primarily on shared educational objectives, the two institutions have significantly strengthened their research collaborations in recent years as well. These too are expected to grow, notes Golden.
 
A separate agreement makes the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation the sole external partner in UW-Madison’s new Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). With a $20 million budget, the new SMPH-based institute will stimulate teamwork across Wisconsin to help translate scientific discoveries into tangible improvements in clinical practice and individual and community health.
 
Marshfield Clinic is also integrally involved with the SMPH, Aurora Healthcare and Gundersen Lutheran in the Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR), which will provide consumers and health care providers access to state-of-the-art health and medical information.
 
The Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP), which resulted from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield conversion, has provided funding for WiNHR, ICTR and WARM. 
 
Publish date: August 14, 2007

Date Published: 08/31/2007


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