Wisconsin Hospital Association shouts out rural residency in 2019 workforce report

Tags: residency, Education

The Wisconsin Hospital Association released its 2019 Health Care Workforce Report, which provides an overview of the current Wisconsin health care workforce and anticipates future challenges and issues that will affect health care in the state.

As we know, rural women’s health care is an ongoing issue. The WHA report asserts that ob-gyn shortages lead to access issues for women in rural Wisconsin, and mentions the state’s (and nation’s) first-ever rural ob-gyn residency training program as an important step to increasing the rural women’s health workforce:

In three short years, the Rural Residency Program has successfully attracted more than 300 competitive applications, recruited three residents to the program, supported five rural rotations in the communities of Portage, Waupun and Monroe and added a brand-new rural site in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

This academic year, the Rural Residency Program will recruit its fourth rural resident who will join the program and fill the pipeline with a class of four rural residents for the first time.”

Read more about Wisconsin’s health care workforce and the great feature about the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency program!