In keeping with the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison sees the borders of the state as the dimensions of the medical school.
Hundreds of physicians throughout the state volunteer their time and expertise by serving as community faculty and mentors to students in the MD Program. In each of their four years of training, medical students have educational experiences with community faculty at hospitals and clinics throughout Wisconsin.
Beginning in the fall of their first year, medical students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health start to develop their doctor-patient communication skills as they learn to obtain a history from patients in clinics in Madison and surrounding counties. They also develop physical examination skills at community sites in their first and second years.
During the third year, medical students receive clinical training in rotations not only at Madison sites, but also in La Crosse, Marshfield, Milwaukee and other Wisconsin communities.
The fourth-year preceptorship experience takes place in more than 30 communities across the state. This program, which began in 1926, was the first of its kind in the United States, and was developed in recognition that medical students should learn to apply the science of medicine in community settings.
Statewide partnerships are a hallmark of two of our programs that are addressing the need for physicians who practice in underserved rural and urban communities. Students in the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program gain experience in hospitals and community clinics in the Milwaukee area, and students in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) receive training through regional medical centers based in Green Bay, Marshfield and La Crosse.
Some students pursue a Master of Public Health degree, working with public health practitioners during their one-year program with field experiences.
Statewide Academic Campus Locations
Milwaukee Academic Campus - Aurora Health Care
Aurora Health Care is an integrated network of of 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics and 70 pharmacies in 30 communities in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Aurora has more than 300 teaching faculty who teach medical students in clinical settings and assist with community health projects. Students on rotations through Aurora have opportunities to care for underserved patient populations through sites such as Bread of Healing Clinic, Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic and Aurora UW Medical Group.
Aurora Health Care is a partner in our Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program, and with its association with Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, is a partner in our Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM).
Location: 1020 N. 12th St., Suite 5120, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Marshfield Academic Campus - Marshfield Clinic
Marshfield Clinic, based in central Wisconsin, is the largest private group medical practice in Wisconsin, with more than 700 physicians practicing in more than 80 specialties.
Medical students on rotations through Marshfield Clinic have opportunities in specialties such as gynecology, psychiatry, surgery and primary care.
In 2009, Marshfield Clinic became the first host site for medical students in our Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), and has continued to serve as a teaching site since then.
Location: 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449
Western Academic Campus - Gundersen Health System
Gundersen Health System is a network of hospitals, regional medical centers and clinics serving western Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Gundersen is anchored by a 325-bed hospital with a Level II trauma and emergency center in La Crosse.
Medical students in our traditional MD Program have opportunities to complete rotations at Gundersen through third-year clerkships and fourth-year electives. Students can choose electives in about 20 specialties including dermatology, emergency medicine, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.
Gundersen Health System also is a partner in our Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM).
Location: 1900 South Ave., La Crosse, WI 54601