Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

The Medical College of Wisconsin, or simply MCW, is a private, freestanding medical school and graduate school of sciences in the central United States, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Formerly affiliated with Marquette University, it has operated as an independent institution since 1967.

MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). [1] It is one of only two medical schools in Wisconsin, along with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, and the only private one.

In the fall of 2015, MCW opened Wisconsin’s first 3-year medical school in Green Bay, oriented to those choosing primary care. More than 1,510 faculty physicians with MCW provide adult and pediatric care to more than 500,000 patients, representing more than 2.2 million patient visits annually.

The Medical College traces its beginnings to the opening of the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1893 and of Milwaukee Medical College in 1894. In 1906, Marquette College (now Marquette University), merged with the nearby Milwaukee Medical College. On May 14, 1907, Milwaukee Medical College became the Medical Department of the newly chartered Marquette University.

In 1913, in response to the standards introduced by the Flexner Report, Marquette University purchased the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, thereby creating a separate institution known as the Marquette University School of Medicine.

There are more than 1,200 students enrolled in education programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This consists of about 817 medical students and 400 graduate students. An additional 670 physicians in residency and 180 physicians in fellowship training work with the College’s affiliated hospitals throughout the state. About 160 scientists conduct postdoctoral research with MCW.

MCW opened a new campus in Green Bay in July 2015 that provides a focused, three-year curriculum for students seeking careers in primary care, general surgery, or psychiatry. The college plans to open a campus in central Wisconsin, targeted for a July 2016 opening.

The average MCAT scores and undergraduate GPA for the entering class of 2011 were 31.9 and 3.70, respectively. About 60% of the incoming class was male, and the mean age was 23 years old. The highest number of incoming students completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brigham Young University, University of Illinois, Marquette University, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota.

As a research center, the Medical College of Wisconsin received more than $154 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes in fiscal year (FY) 2013-2014. MCW received about $79.5 million in NIH funding and ranked 46th among 137 medical schools in the country for NIH research funding. Its faculty conducted more than 2,500 research studies, including clinical trials, in the same fiscal year. Overall, it is the largest research center in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and the second-largest in Wisconsin.

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