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Medical College to locate in hospital, tech college


The Medical College of Wisconsin has a new building to call home in Wausau. The school was originally going to be held in the Liberty Mutual Building, but leaders said it was too big.

College leaders announced the original plan last year.

"We really felt like the best thing for us to do in central Wisconsin was to find a space that was a little bit closer to what our students needed," said Medical College of Wisconsin Executive VP Joseph Kerschner.

Now, the college has announced both Aspirus Hospital and Northcentral Technical College will be used for the school.

"Being in Aspirus' building will be good from the perspective of the students who will be very close to clinical exposure," said Kerschner.

College leaders say NTC will hold anatomy and simulation space, while Aspirus will hold classrooms and administrative offices.

Leaders at Aspirus say they're looking forward to the future.

"This is an important partnership for us with Ministry, Marshfield, Medical College and a lot of other stakeholders," said Marita Hattem, Aspirus Wausau Interim President.

Medical College of Wisconsin officials say they wanted to bring the school to Wausau because of a shortage of doctors in the area.

"The studies have shown if you go to medical school in the state of Wisconsin, and then go on and do your residency training in Wisconsin, the odds are that you'll stay here to practice," said Hattem.

We were unable to reach officials at Liberty Mutual for comment. College leaders say development plans for the two new locations will begin soon.

Student recruitment for the Medical College is expected to start in the spring, with classes starting in 2015.


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