October 21, 2016
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

DHS Announces Graduate Medical Education Grants

Supports state efforts to improve access to health care in underserved areas

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that grants of $3.375 million will support 12 new residents working in rural and underserved areas of the state beginning July 1, 2017. The four new grants build on partnerships developed since implementation of the DHS Graduate Medical Education (GME) initiative in 2014. The grants cover the length of the residency. 

“We know that factors including our aging population, and an increase in chronic disease, as well as the number of retiring physicians, mean Wisconsin will face a significant physician shortage in the future if we don’t act now,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “We are investing in programs to attract more physicians to underserved areas to strengthen and support these communities and ensure everyone has access to quality health care across the state.” 

The four GME programs receiving funding, each to support three new resident positions are: 

Fox Valley Family Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison Family Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychiatry
Medical College of Wisconsin General Surgery

$ 675,000
$ 675,000
$ 900,000

“This is a win-win for future physicians and the patients they will serve, and supports state efforts to improve access to health care in rural parts of the state,” DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer said. “Clinical training in underserved areas significantly increases the likelihood that resident physicians will remain to continue their practices.”

Governor Scott Walker included funding to create new opportunities for medical school graduates to train in the state’s rural and underserved areas in the state’s 2013-2014 biennial budget. Up to $750,000 per year is allocated to expand existing GME programs and $1.75 million is available to develop new programs. Both components target physician shortages in primary care (family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics), general surgery and psychiatry. Wisconsin will have 85 new resident positions when all current and newly funded programs are fully implemented.

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), Wisconsin is predicted to experience a shortage of more than 2,000 physicians by 2030.