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After months of debate, the Medical College of Wisconsin has made a decision. A new medical school will soon call Central Wisconsin home.

Medical students will participate in a three year program, spending the first year and half in the classroom, and the rest working at local hospitals.

College leaders say Central Wisconsin's strong healthcare system led the group to choose this area.

We need to address the shortage of physicians and this program will help that," Dr. John Raymond, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin said.

The school doesn't have an exact location yet. And, competition between Wausau, Marshfield and Stevens Point will likely be stiff. But, leaders say they won't fight about it and plan to work together.

"It's a highly competitive market," Vice President of Marshfield Clinic Todd Stewart said. "But we need to work together to make sure our community gets the care they need." 

College leaders have also announced another school in Green Bay. Combined, the campuses will cost more than $20 million. So far, the college has just a fraction of that. Leaders say they'll have to raise money in each community to make up the gap.

"We also need to have a good working relationship with the hospitals in the area to create the tools needed to keep the program going," Dr. Raymond said.

After the schools get started the plan is to enroll 15 students in each one. Leaders say that will result in somewhere around 10 new jobs in each community and they hope that number will only grow.

The schools are expected to open by July 2015.

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The Medical College of Wisconsin has announced it will open a location in Central Wisconsin. 

According to a news release, college leaders said there are certain requirements that must be achieved before student recruitment will begin.

Those requirements are "relevant to accreditation, funding, faculty recruitment and development, formalized agreements with local health care systems and academic institutions, MCW faculty approvals, and the creation of local residency programs," according to a press release.

College leaders say the campus could open as early as the summer of 2015. Earlier this morning, college leaders announced another location in Green Bay as well.

The community based education initiative is to help address the shortage of doctors in rural parts of the state.

In a release, Dr. John Raymond, president of Medical Colleges of Wisconsin said, "factors that led to choosing Central Wisconsin are strong health systems and programs for student-focused clinical experiences, and quality academic institutions.

"These communities also expressed a strong readiness to proceed," Dr. Raymond said.

The official announcement will be held this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Central Wisconsin Airport. Newsline 9 will update this story when more details become available.

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