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Expanding the Health-care Pipeline through Innovation: The MCW model.

Trans Am Clin Climatol Assoc; 128: 90-107, 2017.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28790490

Abstract

In 2016, the Association of American Medical Colleges projected a physician shortage in the United States of approximately 90,000; in the same year, the Wisconsin Hospital Association projected a shortage of 2,000 physicians in Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin has begun to address these shortages in three ways: 1) creation of immersive regional medical school campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin, in partnership with rural serving health systems; 2) creation of rural-based psychiatry and family medicine residency programs in Green Bay and central Wisconsin; and 3) expansion of the scope of practice of pharmacists through creation of a new School of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine. This article will discuss those approaches, history and progress to date, principles used, and future plans to address the impending physician shortages.