The Department of Health Services Graduate Medical Education (GME) Initiative was launched in 2013 to address the growing shortage of primary care physicians in Wisconsin, with the state’s rural and underserved communities experiencing the hardest hit. This projected shortage significantly lessens access to health care resulting in increased costs due to the lack of preventive care, thus increasing the likelihood of avoidable hospitalizations.
One solution to physician shortages is increasing the number of Wisconsin medical students who complete their residency programs in-state. This approach more than doubles the likelihood that graduating residents will remain in the state to practice – from 37 percent to 71 percent.
The GME Initiative has two components – a residency grant to expand existing GME programs and a separate fund to help communities establish new GME programs. Both grants target specialties in primary care, general surgery, and psychiatry. Both grants also support fellowships in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.
For more information email the Office of Policy Initiative and Budget.
GME Grant Programs
Residency Grant: GME Residency Grants are awarded annually based on written proposals submitted in response to a Request for Applications issued by DHS. Residency Grants are only available to existing, accredited GME programs in Wisconsin for family medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and fellowships in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry. The maximum amount per new resident position per year is $75,000. The maximum amount per year per GME program is $225,000. Residency Grants cover the length of the residency:
- 3 years for family medicine, general internal medicine, and pediatrics
- 4 years for psychiatry
- 5 years for general surgery
- 1 - 2 years for addiction fellowships
Priority for funding is based on partnerships with clinical training sites in rural communities with a minimum of eight weeks of rural training required each year.
New GME Program Grant: Grants to develop and implement New GME Programs are awarded annually through a competitive process based on applications submitted in response to a Request for Applications issued by DHS. New GME Program Grants are available to establish new programs in Wisconsin for family medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and fellowships in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.
New GME Program Grants are generally awarded for three years. The maximum amount per grant is $750,000. Eligible applicants are hospitals, or groups of hospitals, working in partnership with academic institutions. Priority for funding is given to applicants that incorporate a significant amount of clinical training in rural hospitals and clinics.
Program Map and Map Key
The map reflects DHS GME grants awarded between July 2014 and December 2017. Please refer to the key for specific locations and additional information.
NOTE: Shaded areas on map indicate hospitals and clinics that provide clinical training to new residents.
|Grantee/Location||Specialty||Resident Start Date||
New Resident Position
|1||Gundersen Medical Foundation, La Crosse||Family Medicine||July 2016||18|
|2||Monroe Clinic, Monroe||Family Medicine||July 2015||6|
|3||Medical College of WI-Central WI, Wausau||Psychiatry||July 2017||12|
|4||Medical College of WI-Northeast WI, Green Bay||Psychiatry||July 2017||16|
|5||University of WI Hospitals & Clinics, Madison||General Surgery-Rural Track||July 2015||5|
|6||Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire||Family Medicine||July 2017||15|
|7||HealthPartners Health System, St. Croix Valley||Family Medicine||July 2018||6|
|8||Ascension St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point||Family Medicine||July 2020||12|
|9||Health Sisters Health System St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay||Family Medicine||July 2020||12|
|10||Medical College of WI, Milwaukee||Addiction Psychiatry||July 2019||2|
|Total new residents at full implementation||104|
|Grantee/Location||Specialty||Resident Start Date||New Resident Positions|
|Expansion of Current GME Programs|
|a||Gundersen Health System, La Crosse||General Surgery||July 2014||1|
|b||Medical College of WI - Fox Valley*, Appleton||Family Medicine||July 2014||6|
|c||University of WI Hospitals & Clinics*, Madison||Psychiatry||July 2014||6|
|d||University of WI Hospitals & Clinics, Madison||General Surgery||July 2015||3|
|e||Medical College of WI, Milwaukee||General Surgery||July 2017||3|
|f||University of WI Department of Family Medicine, Belleville||Family Medicine||July 2017||3|
|g||Gundersen Health System, La Crosse||Family Medicine||July 2018||2|
|h||Monroe Clinic, Monroe||Milwaukee||July 2018||3|
|i||University of WI Department of Family Medicine, Madison||Addiction Medicine||July 2018||2|
|Total new resident positions||29|
The DHS GME Initiative partners with other organizations and programs to support the expansion of graduate medical education across Wisconsin:
- Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP) and Rural Physician Loan Assistance Program [Hospital Assessment Supplementary Loan Assistance Program (HASLAP)]
- Primary Care and Psychiatry Shortage Grants
- Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME)
- Wisconsin Council for Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW)
- Wisconsin Rural Physicians Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP)