November 1, 2014

Med students will have more Wisconsin options

The Medical College of Wisconsin is expanding its programs to Central and Northeast Wisconsin. Dr. John Raymond, president of the medical college, says they had some outstanding options but Saint Norbert College in De Pere was the best fit. He says their students felt that student life at Saint Norbert would be “quite good” and they “loved the feel of the campus.”

Saint Norbert is renovating and expanding its science building and the medical school will have classrooms, labs, and office space there. Raymond says they still have to work out some details. He says they also have to negotiate with Bellin College for a clinical simulation center.

Wausau is the primary site for expansion in Central Wisconsin while undergraduate programs preparing medical students will be housed at UW-Stevens Point and UW-Marathon. Classes will be taught at the Liberty Mutual office buildings in Wausau as well as Northcentral Technical College.

UW-Marathon County dean Keith Montgomery says Liberty Mutual is located near a junction where twenty million people pass through each year including Illinois and Southern Wisconsin residents. “They’re going to pass the building; they’re going to the see the signage and say ‘wow Wausau has a medical college.”

The Milwaukee-based MCW is hoping to open its new programs in July 2015.

Mike Kemmeter-WHBY and Larry Lee-WSAU contributed to this report