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Two medical colleges could expand to Central Wisconsin

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 WAUSAU (WAOW)--We have an update on two medical colleges that could be expanding to our area.    

A recent Wisconsin Hospital Association report estimated a shortfall of two thousand doctors in Wisconsin by 2030.

To help curve this demand, the Medical College of Wisconsin is looking to expand it's program by placing students across the state. Proposed locations Include; Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wausau.

The president of the college says Central Wisconsin would be an ideal location for a medical program.

"The opportunities for the region are great," says Dr. John Raymond. "In addition to the sense of community and pride that would be associated with the new medical school and expansion of an existing medical school, there would be tuition revenue, job creation, and long term improvement of health outcomes."

Right now, the medical college is working on a feasibility study to determine the best locations for its program. They hope to finish the initial study next month.

This announcement comes after another medical college says it wants to move to Wausau. Last year Aspirus announced it's working with the Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine on plans to build a medical school on the Aspirus campus.

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