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Medical College of Wisconsin to explore opening a school of pharmacy

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Medical College of Wisconsin will explore the feasibility of opening a school of pharmacy. A feasibility study will include several considerations related to an immersive three-year curricular model, class size, tuition, and a distributed model with possible campuses in Green Bay or Central Wisconsin.  Also, we will evaluate the development of specialty tracks in Milwaukee in areas such as genomics and personalized pharmacy, oncology, mental health and research.

A proposal has been submitted to MCW’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment for development of the feasibility study.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy forecasts a shortage of 157,000 pharmacists nationwide by the year 2020. The need for pharmacists in the Midwest, particularly in Wisconsin, exceeds the national average. In Wisconsin, there is a continuing maldistribution of pharmacists in small communities and in medically-underserved urban areas.  Since 2008, the national Pharmacy Workforce Center has consistently identified Wisconsin as one of the states with the highest demand for pharmacists.

“We believe MCW is well-positioned to develop innovative approaches to address Wisconsin’s shortage of pharmacists,” said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW’s president and CEO.  “MCW successfully responded to our state’s projected shortage of physicians through the development of regional medical school campuses in Green Bay and central Wisconsin.  MCW would bring that same commitment to innovation in pharmacy education.”

MCW is opening a new medical school campus in 2015 in Green Bay, and is projected to open a medical school campus in 2016 in central Wisconsin. The immersive medical educational model will allow students to complete their medical education in three years rather than a traditional four-year curriculum.

4 comments

  • Emily

    No offense to the medical college, but there hasn’t been a shortage of pharmacists in Wisconsin for quite some time. The expected shortage has already been well accounted for by the opening of concordia’s school of pharmacy in 2010, which will add roughly 100 new pharmacy grads per year. Now add the complete over-saturation in Illinois, plus the opening of two brand new schools of pharmacy (Rosalind-franklin and Roosevelt)… This is more focused on income for the medical college than any fictitious “need” or “shortage” of pharmacists n Wisconsin. Any pharmacist I know would sign a petition to prevent this opening.

    • Mark

      I just left Chicago for a position in N. Ca (multi-state licensed). I had been in Chicago for a little over three years and been in Pharmacy since 1997. When I moved to Chicago, I only mustered about 5 interviews over a span of 12 months.
      I ended up going to graduate school and earning a MS in IT (on-campus program not “online” bs) with a minor in “informatics.” Just to carve out a niche based on my Clinical experience (even the “Informatics” field is already saturated with proliferation of “online” degrees that lack the content necessary to train an effective “IT” specialist.) I consider myself lucky and am hanging on to this position tooth and nail. Illinois has 6 or 7 schools, not to mention 2 schools in IN, one KS, one in St Louis, two in WI, two in MN and two in Iowa. It is all about the money and they are too late to the party.

  • Curly

    This is very detrimental to the profession of pharmacy . Those statistics are very out dated and right now there is a over saturation of pharmacists and students are fighting for jobs while carrying a $100k plus of loans over their head. It’s becoming like law schools :((

  • janice

    FOx, you have a responsibility to look into the story before reporting, not nearly stenographing the greed of a dean. Pharmacy graduate numbers have doubled in the past ten years, several new schools have opened in the last few years in the tri-state area. Please think of the impressionable, naive students that may read this article and throw their lives away trying to pay off a six figure non-dischargeable debt.

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