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First graduating class of the Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin campus

WAUSAU Wis. (WAOW) — Walking in a student, walking out a doctor. With hopes to make a dent in the doctor shortage in our area, the Medical College of Wisconsin established a Central Wisconsin campus. The new campus welcomed it’s first class in the summer of 2016.

“We are really, really thrilled to be offering these students to central Wisconsin,” said Lisa Dodson, MCW-Central Wisconsin’s Campus Dean. Thursday, 13 of those students walked out of commencement as doctors

The graduates have completed the three-year accelerated program. Throughout the past three years the students have been heavily engaged with the local Wausau community, working on many community health projects in partnership with nonprofits, government agencies, hospitals and schools.

“This last year we really felt the crunch we packed a lot we had three board exams residency interviews match day and now graduation all within 12 months,” said Alexandra Huml, MCW-Central Wis. graduate.

The students have learned first hand from hundreds of local physicians in out area hospitals, clinics and classrooms.

“The community has backed us every step of the way with the physicians and the hospital systems and the general community in order to be able to get to this day,” said Dodson.

However, the medical students weren’t the only ones to receive their hoods, Dr. Lisa Dodson the founding MCW-Central Wisconsin campus Dean was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences Degree and hooded by all 13 students.

Supported by friends, family and professors the future doctors were filled with nothing but pride.

All the 2019 graduates have secured placements in residency, 8 of them staying right here in Wisconsin and the others hope to return home.

Amanda Lojewski

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