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Residency program planned for Medical College of Wisconsin

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Posted at 3:28 PM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 16:28:35-05
The private Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are starting a family medicine residency program at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital, in an effort to help relieve the shortage of physicians in the specialty.
 
Reports say the shortage is most severe in the state's rural areas but also can been seen in southeastern Wisconsin.
 
The program is scheduled to start this summer. Eventually, it'll have a total of 18 physicians completing their training.
 
According to Merritt Hawkins, a job placement service for physicians, family-medicine has been the most in-demand medical specialty for the last decade.
 
Ken Simons, senior associate dean for graduate medical education and accreditation at the Medical College, says physicians who complete residency in Wisconsin have a more than 70% chance of staying in the region to practice medicine.