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Aurora BayCare becomes first teaching hospital for rural curriculum in northeastern Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Program's goal is to reduce the physician shortage in rural communities

Green Bay, Wis. – Five medical students currently starting at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison will complete their degree in the greater Green Bay area. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is northeastern Wisconsin’s first teaching hospital for students enrolled in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM).

“The health of our communities will be affected by the dwindling number of physicians wanting to practice in rural areas,” stated Paul Summerside, M.D., director of medical education for Aurora BayCare Medical Center and chief medical officer at BayCare Clinic. “This program not only helps to combat a rising issue, it helps to further establish Green Bay as a destination for health care. “

Starting in July 2011, third year medical students enrolled in WARM at UW-Madison, will be completing their last two years of medical school learning from Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic physicians at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Each year, a new group of medical students will begin their final two years of medical school in Green Bay.

By completing their clinical requirements in a regional and rural learning community, the medical students will learn to address the health care needs of rural citizens, while benefiting from small learning groups.

“Since most rural clinics do not have the same technology capabilities as what’s available onsite at regional medical centers, physicians practicing in the rural clinics must practice a bit differently,” said Byron Crouse, M.D., associate dean for rural and community health and professor of family medicine at UW-Madison. “The students learning medicine through the WARM program will be prepared to address those medical needs when they get out into the field.”

This isn’t the first time Aurora BayCare has worked with UW-Madison’s medical students. While building Aurora BayCare’s teaching curriculum over the past two years, 100 medical students have completed various third and fourth year rotations at Aurora BayCare. Starting with the WARM students, all required rotations for an M.D. degree at UW-Madison will be offered through the Green Bay hospital.

Green Bay is the third regional site to receive WARM medical students, following Marshfield and La Crosse.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for over 25 years.

Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine is a rural education program within the M.D. program curriculum at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. The program aims to increase the number of physicians practicing in rural Wisconsin and to improve the health of Wisconsin communities.

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Contact: Krissy (Behnke) Lillie
Phone: 920-496-6365

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