Rural medicine students students practice delivering babies in a simulation lab in La Crosse, Wisconsin
April 25, 2024

Training doctors for rural practice helps meet statewide need

Dr. Michelle Clark-Forsting always knew she wanted to be a doctor. Growing up in Alma Center, Wisconsin, she worked during the school year as a nursing assistant at nearby Black River Falls Memorial Hospital. Physicians there were her role models. In 2005, she applied to medical school at the University of Wisconsin.

A quaint downtown street in a rural area
April 28, 2022

New program to expand access to substance abuse treatment in rural Wisconsin

A new statewide collaboration between the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health aims to bring much needed help to rural communities grappling with a rise in substance use and addiction.

Health & Wellness
April 21, 2022

Rural patients who identify as Black experience higher rates of death and amputation from diabetic foot ulcer

Rural patients who identify as Black are at sharply increased risk of death or leg amputation due to diabetic foot ulcers, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that analyzed national data on patient outcomes.

Dr. Yao Liu and staff at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston look at an image from an eye camera
Health & Wellness
April 1, 2022

New study seeks to expand eye screenings for rural diabetic patients throughout the United States

More patients in rural areas across the nation could have increased access to vision-saving eye screenings through a new clinical trial led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Laura McDowell
Health & Wellness
June 14, 2021

Nation’s only rural OB-GYN residency program celebrates first trainee

Dr. Laura McDowell will soon have a special place in American medical history.

Health & Wellness
June 4, 2021

UW researchers focus on boosting colorectal cancer screening rates in rural areas

Researchers at UW Carbone Cancer Center are working to understand why some primary care clinics in rural locations have successfully attained high rates of colorectal cancer screenings, insight they hope will help raise the rates of colorectal cancer screenings across all rural clinics.

Doctors wearing a white coat
November 27, 2019

UW rural medical education program announces latest students

Students from Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota have earned spots in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine.

Health & Wellness
November 14, 2019

Nation’s first and only rural Ob-Gyn residency program expands

The nation’s only rural Ob-Gyn residency program is expanding. Starting October 7, Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin, Wisconsin will join the rural rotation as a part of the UW Ob-Gyn rural-residency program.

October 30, 2019

21st century medicine helps Amish deal with rare, inherited illnesses

LA FARGE, Wisconsin – There is no car in the driveway, neither phone nor electricity in the house. Handmade clothes dry on the line.

Two people pedaling a three-wheel, two-passenger trike
August 2, 2019

Bike share aims to serve, enhance health in Wisconsin Rapids

On a blazing hot July afternoon, cooled with only a hint of a breeze, I am pushing pedals on a three-wheel, two-passenger trike. To my left, Will Hascall is doing the same thing, with more experience and better results, as we labor up the Jackson Street bridge in Wisconsin Rapids.

July 25, 2019

Innovative Wisconsin telehealth program dramatically boosts diabetic eye screening

Thanks to an unusual telehealth program, a rural Wisconsin health system has seen a 35 percent increase over a three-year period in diabetic eye screenings, a boost that far exceeded expectations.

July 5, 2019

Physician assistant program could expand to UW-Platteville

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and UW–Madison are exploring a new collaboration aimed at addressing a shortage of physician assistants in underserved rural areas.