May 28, 2014
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683

Grants Awarded for Medical Residents in Rural and Underserved Areas of Wisconsin

Over $3.3 million awarded to establish new Graduate Medical Education programs

MADISON-Continuing a mission to provide more physicians to rural and underserved areas of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades has announced today that over $3.3 million in grants have been awarded to six health organizations to establish new Graduate Medical Education programs (GME) over the next three years.

"This is a win-win for future physicians and the patients they will serve via this diverse group of health care providers," Secretary Rhoades said. "Clinical training in underserved areas significantly increases the likelihood that resident physicians will remain to continue their practices, which in turn will increase access to quality health care."

The new resident physicians will provide health care services to Wisconsin citizens at hospitals and clinics in rural and underserved areas in over 20 counties that have agreed to serve as clinical training sites. When fully implemented, the GME initiative will create 51 new training positions for medical residents.

Funding to support the new GME programs was authorized in the state's 2013-2015 biennial budget. It allows for up to $1.75 million per year to be used to develop new programs, and $750,000 annually to expand existing accredited GME programs. The initiative targets five specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Additional funding opportunities will be announced this summer.





Divine Savior Healthcare,Inc.

Columbia and Marquette

Family Medicine


Gundersen Medical Foundation

Crawford, La Crosse and Vernon

Family Medicine


Monroe Clinic


Family Medicine


North Central Health Care

Marathon, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Portage and Wood



Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Brown, Calumet, Forest, Green Lake, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Winnebago



UW Hospital and Clinics

Dane, Grant, Iowa, Sauk, and Winnebago

General Surgery