Whether it be the patients' lives we touch today with our knowledge and quality care or the professional lives we train who will care for us tomorrow, education is key.
That is why education is one of the three pillars of the Clinic's mission. This vision has been sustained through the generosity of physicians and staff, alumni, patients, and the community at large.
The following are the top funding priorities in education as identified by the Board of Directors of Marshfield Clinic:
Resident Research Endowment Fund
The Resident Research Fund is used to foster resident research and scholarly activity. Marshfield Clinic's community-based graduate medical education program is uniquely positioned to be one of the few non-university based settings to conduct nationally recognized medical research. This fund elevates the training of the residents, helps attract and retain residents who go on to fellowships, and fosters future academic and research-oriented physicians.
Family Medicine Residency Fund
As accountable care organizations take shape and value based care is delivered, a vibrant core of primary care is necessary to achieve high levels of health outcomes. Marshfield Clinic has invested considerable resources in developing local medical students for primary care through the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. Having a rural based family medicine training program is necessary to complete the student's journey to become fully trained to practice with an integrated electronic health record in a multi-specialty rural group practice.
Psychiatry Residency Fund
Expanded access to psychiatric and behavioral health services in central and northern Wisconsin have been a critical need and will continue to be a critical need for tens of thousands of patients. Attempts to recruit and retain psychiatrists in this region have met with mixed success. Local graduates are up to three times more likely to stay and practice in this region. For this reason, funding is sought t help develop and launch a psychiatry residency program.
Dental Residency Program and Support
Family Health Center has made a commitment to dental care, by opening nine dental clinics in our service areas to offer dental care to areas where access is an issue. The next step in Marshfield Clinic's dental initiatives is to pursue dental education through an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). The first dental students are being recruited in 2014. Dental residency training opportunities will be developed in the focus areas of special needs patients, pediatric patients, surgical patients and geriatric patients.
Each year Marshfield Clinic hosts over 800 students from approximately 100 post-secondary colleges and universities. Clinic staff serves as volunteer faculty supervising or "preceptoring" these learners. Various expenses such as computers, specialized work spaces, protective clothing, orientation, meals, video-connection back to schools help train these students. This fund helps the Clinic continue to accept these students at a time when school budgets are tightening and workforce needs are growing.
Simulation Laboratory (Naming Opportunities Available)
The Simulation Laboratory will advance the practice of young physicians, nurses and physician assistants as they'll be able to practice on a simulated patient/manikin, where the worst possible outcomes would not affect the well-being of the patient. Techniques can be practiced over and over until the trainee is comfortable with steps and safeguards. The Simulation Lab would be available for technical college students, university students, medical students, residents and fellow and healthcare professional clinic staff.
For more information about ways you can support education at Marshfield Clinic, contact
1000 North Oak Ave - 1R1
Marshfield, WI 54449-5777