The WARM program is competitive, admitting 26 new students a year. Applicants must have a strong commitment to practice medicine in rural Wisconsin. Admission is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents from the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota or Michigan. Wisconsin residents who apply will automatically also be considered for the regular MD Program if not selected for WARM.
Percent of WARM graduates practice in Wisconsin
Percent of WARM graduates have gone into primary care
Training students to succeed in rural communities
The WARM curriculum focuses on developing physician skills that are most vital to the needs of rural communities.
Helping students make a difference in their home communities
Learn from four current students about what drew them to the WARM program and what has enriched their medical school experience from clinical rotations to the relationships they have fostered.
After completing her undergraduate in Milwaukee, Phoebe Devitt decided she wanted a return to rural life so she earned her MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she participated in the WARM rural medicine program. Devitt returned from her residency to work in Viroqua, where her strong connections to the area have provided her a special opportunity to care for her community.
Bre Anna Nagle
Upon graduating from WARM and completing residency, Nagle returned to work in Waupun, near her childhood community of Fox Lake, where some of her patients are familiar faces from her youth.
Though she had long been interested in a career in health care, Peterson's interest in rural medicine solidified while studying health disparities at UW-Madison. Peterson graduated from the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine in 2014 and now works in family medicine at The American Center and Beaver Dam clinic for UW Health.
Scholarships and financial aid
WARM students have access to scholarships, the majority awarded to M3 and M4 students. These recognize demonstrated leadership, humanitarian instincts and public health concepts. The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health manages loan repayment programs available to graduates who practice in rural areas including the Health Professions Loan Assistant Program and Rural Physician Loan Assistance Program.
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