- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The private Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are starting a family medicine residency program at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, in an effort to help relieve the shortage of physicians in the specialty.

The program is scheduled to start this summer and will be overseen by family-medicine physician Jason Domagalski. The Medical College of Wisconsin, which also oversees family-medicine residency programs at two other Wisconsin hospitals, hopes to eventually have a total of 18 doctors who specialize in family medicine complete a three-year residency after medical school.

The cost of funding the program will be partly offset by state grants, and the hospital will eventually be eligible for additional money through the Medicare program.

Ken Simons, spokeswoman for Medical College, said physicians who complete residency in Wisconsin have a more than 70 percent chance of staying in the region to practice medicine.

Most medical students choose to pursue medical specialties that can pay millions of dollars more than family medicine over the course of a career, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2hRIs6I ) reported.

According to Merritt Hawkins, a job placement service for physicians, family medicine has been the most in-demand medical specialty for the last decade. The shortage in Wisconsin is most severe in rural areas but also can been seen in southeastern Wisconsin.

According to Senior Vice President of Merritt Hawkins, Travis Singleton, the U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t have a 50-50 mix of primary-care physicians and specialists, but he said the U.S. does make greater use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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