US News and World Report covers UW Ob-Gyn rural residency

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UW Ob-Gyn rural resident Alexa Lowry, MD, PGY-2 recently completed the first rural rotation in Baldwin, WI. While she was there, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram published a story about our (still) only-in-the-nation rural ob-gyn residency track – that story was picked up by many national news outlets, including US News and World Report!

Looking for Answers to Rural Wisconsin OB-GYN Shortage” describes some of the health care access issues facing women in rural parts of Wisconsin, and how we hope to help through the rural ob-gyn residency program:

"Since 1996, there were about 20% of Wisconsin counties without obstetric care units in their hospitals," said Dr. Ryan Spencer, director of the UW Health OB-GYN residency programs. "That's increased to 40% of counties without an OB care unit, most recently in 2016."

One of the biggest issues rural women face during pregnancy is "just sheer distance," said Dr. David Hirsch, OB-GYN and chief of staff at Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire.”

Read the rest of the article to learn more about Lowry’s time in Baldwin.