University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) is a professional school for the study of medicine and public health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It is one of only two medical schools in Wisconsin, along with the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and the only public one.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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TypePublic
Established1907
DeanRobert N. Golden, MD
Administrative staff
1345
Students614 (MD), 2114 (TOTAL)
Location, ,
CampusUrban
Websitemed.wisc.edu
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A view of UW Health University Hospital, the Health Sciences Learning Center, and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research rising above Lake Mendota, on the western edge of the UW–Madison campus

UWSMPH's main building, the Health Sciences Learning Center, is located at the western end of UW–Madison's campus, adjacent to the UW Health University Hospital, its primary affiliated teaching hospital, as well as the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. UWSMPH is active in teaching and research, and extramural research grants received by UWSMPH totaled US$367.8 million in 2017-18, accounting for 40 per cent of all research grants received by UW–Madison.[1]

HistoryEdit

The medical school was proposed in 1848 and a two-year basic science course began in 1907. Charles R. Bardeen was the first dean of the medical school. The first four-year class matriculated in 1925, and the entire UWSMPH moved into the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Learning Center in 2004.

 
Wisconsin General Hospital in the 1930s. Built in 1924, this building served as the University Hospital until 1979, and housed the medical school until 2004. It is today known as the Medical Sciences Center and continues to house the school's physical therapy program and anatomy laboratory, along with several other university departments[2]

Rankings and Academic ProfileEdit

The UWSMPH has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best primary-care medical schools and among the top 30 research schools. In the 2020 edition of graduate school rankings, UWSMPH was listed as 16th in primary-care education and as 27th among research schools.[3] The UW School of Medicine and Public Health also ranks as one of the top medical schools in terms of research funding and expenditures, with US$356 million in extramural research support and US$575 million in total expenditures in 2015-16.[4] In 2019, UWSMPH ranked 28th among U.S. medical schools in NIH research grant funding received, with US$229 million received.[5] Grants to UWSMPH represent 40 per cent of all research grants received by UW–Madison.[6]

The UWSMPH is an academic center for embryonic stem cell research, with UWSMPH Professor of Anatomy James Thomson being the first scientist to isolate human embryonic stem cells. This has brought significant attention to the University's research programs. Stem cell research at the school is aided in part by funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the promotion of WiCell.[citation needed]

The school also has teaching and research partnerships with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UW Health) and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, one of the 10 largest physician practice groups in the country.[7] Although students are trained to work in a range of patient care and research areas and the school is committed to training physicians for rural health care, the UWSMPH has chosen seven core areas of medicine on which it focuses its resources: Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Neuroscience, Population and Community Health Sciences, Rural Health, and Women's Health.[8] In addition to its primary teaching site at UW Health, UWSMPH maintains teaching affiliations with the adjacent William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital (VHA Madison), UnityPoint Meriter Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee and Green Bay, Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, and the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield.[9]

Admissions to UWSMPH is competitive, with 7.6% of applicants accepted in 2007. The acceptance rate for out-of-state applicants is significantly lower; of 2,674 out-of-state applicants in 2007, 167 were interviewed for 34 spots, an acceptance rate of 3.7%; the in-state rate was 23.2%. The matriculates had an average GPA of 3.76 and an MCAT score of 32.[10]

ProgramsEdit

UWSMPH has a Medical Scientist Training Program, or MD/PhD program that is funded by the NIH. Additionally, the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program exists for students intending to practice in rural areas, while the Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) program exists for students interested in practicing in urban areas.[11][12] Students who enroll in the WARM track spend the majority of their clinical years training through hospitals and clinics affiliated with the La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System, Marshfield-based Marshfield Clinic, or Green Bay-based Aurora BayCare. Students enrolled in TRIUMPH complete the majority of their clinical training in Milwaukee with Aurora Health Care.[13][14]

Through the Statewide Campus initiative, medical students at UWSMPH who are not enrolled in WARM or TRIUMPH also complete some of their rotations at one of the aforementioned Statewide sites outside of Madison (Gundersen Health System, Marshfield Clinic, Aurora Bay Care, or Aurora Health Care–Milwaukee).[15] The Statewide Campus initiative is based on the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that the University's influence should benefit the people of the State of Wisconsin, famously summarized in former UW–Madison President Charles R. Van Hise's statement: "I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.”[16][17]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni of the school include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Facts". Retrieved 2019-05-19.
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  7. ^ "About the UW School of Medicine and Public Health". Retrieved 2009-06-11.
  8. ^ "About the UW School of Medicine and Public Health". Retrieved 2009-06-11.
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  10. ^ "UWSMPH from Premium Online Edition of US News and World Report".
  11. ^ "Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH)". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM)". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  13. ^ "Curriculum, Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  14. ^ "TRIUMPH PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND ADMISSIONS". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  15. ^ "MD Program". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  16. ^ "MD Program". University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  17. ^ "The Wisconsin Idea". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  18. ^ Wisconsin Alumni Association. "Notable Alumni", Wisconsin Alumni Association, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2019.
  19. ^ Weber, Bruce. "H. A. Engle, Tobacco Plaintiff, Dies at 89", The New York Times, July 24, 2009. Accessed July 25, 2009.
  20. ^ Lewis, Paul. "Frederic Mohs, 92, Inventor Of Cancer Surgery Technique", The New York Times, July 5, 2002. Accessed April 6, 2019.

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