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Medical College to soon begin student recruitment

  • Associated Press
  • April 10, 2014 - 11:20 AM

DE PERE, Wis. — The Medical College of Wisconsin hopes to begin recruiting students for its De Pere campus in June.

The college is waiting for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and will complete the remainder of its fundraising before it opens its doors next year to 20 to 25 students initially.

"We're working so that when students arrive in July of 2015, we're ready to go," said Dr. Matthew L. Hunsaker, dean of the local campus.

The college will train doctors in a three-year curriculum that uses medical professionals from the community as teachers. Most medical training is a four-year program, Hunsaker said, because students don't go to school year-round, Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/1qkEGS4 ) reported.

Mental health care will be a key component of the college's curriculum, said college's executive vice president, Dr. Joseph Kerschner. The school is establishing seven mental-health residency programs in the Green Bay area, Kerschner added.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association estimates the state's medical schools now graduate about 370 doctors a year, 100 fewer than are needed to maintain current levels.

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