Medical College of Wisconsin
|Medical College of Wisconsin|
|Type||Private medical school|
|President||John R. Raymond, Sr., MD|
|Location||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
The Medical College of Wisconsin, or simply MCW, is a private, freestanding medical school and graduate school of sciences located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was formerly affiliated with Marquette University, but has operated as an independent institution since 1967. MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The NCA is the accrediting body for all institutions of higher education in the College's geographic region and the LCME is the accrediting body of all US medical schools. Along with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, it is one of only two medical schools in Wisconsin, and it is the only private medical school in the state.
The Medical College opened in 1893 as the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1913, nearby Marquette University purchased the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, just six years after the university had absorbed the Milwaukee Medical College. The institution officially became known as the Marquette University School of Medicine. During World War II, the school (like other medical schools across the country) developed close ties with the local Veterans Health Administration hospital in Milwaukee. Plans for a regional medical center also developed soon after the war, and today the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center surrounds MCW's campus. It was in the 1950s that local philanthropist Kurtis Froedtert, upon his death, bequeathed much of his estate to the establishment of a teaching hospital, which became today's Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital. Froedtert Hospital sits adjacent to MCW and is one of the three major affiliated health care centers where MCW students, residents and physicians practice.
Financial problems plagued the medical school in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1967 Marquette University terminated its relationship with the medical school because of financial difficulties. At that point, the school continued to operate as a private, national, freestanding institution. The school changed its name to the current Medical College of Wisconsin in 1970. MCW has more than 15,000 alumni, all of whom are represented by the Medical College of Wisconsin-Marquette Medical Alumni Association.
There are more than 1,260 students enrolled in education programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This consists of about 810 medical students and more than 450 graduate students. An additional 650 physicians in residency and 250 physicians in fellowship training work with the College's affiliated hospitals throughout the state. About 200 scientists conduct postdoctoral research with MCW.
MCW grants M.D., Ph.D, M.S., M.P.H., M.A., and combination degrees. Through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), students may enter a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program. PhD degrees are awarded in the following subjects:
- Basic and translational research
- Cell biology
- Neurobiology and anatomy
- Immunology and molecular genetics
- Pharmacology and toxicology
- Public and community health
- Functional imaging (through a joint PhD program with Marquette University)
Master’s degrees are offered in:
- Bioethics (MA)
- Clinical and translational science (MS)
- Public health (MPH)
Joint degree programs with other institutions are offered in: bioinformatics (MS) and healthcare technologies management (MS) with Marquette University, and medical informatics (MS) with the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In addition, Graduate Certificate programs are offered in Clinical Bioethics, Public Health, Research Ethics, and a joint Bioethics Certificate with the American Medical Association. Residency training is offered in nearly 30 medical specialties and subspecialties.
Admissions and rankings 
The average MCAT scores and undergraduate GPA for the entering class of 2011 were 31.9 and 3.70, respectively. About 60% of the incoming class was male, and the mean age was 23 years old. The highest number of incoming students completed their undergraduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois, Marquette University, UCLA and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
U.S. News & World Report ranked MCW's medical programs as 52nd for primary care education and 53rd for research. Shanghai Jiao Tong World University Rankings placed MCW in the top 101-150 medical schools in the world, and MCW as an institution was in the top 401-500 universities worldwide.
The biological sciences graduate program was 115th, while the statistics program ranked 55th, according to U.S. News.
As a research center, the Medical College of Wisconsin received more than $166 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes in fiscal year (FY) 2011-2012. MCW received about $95.5 million in NIH funding and ranked 42nd among 136 medical schools in the country for NIH research funding. This places MCW in the top third of all schools in terms of research funding. Its faculty conducted more than 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials, in the same fiscal year. Overall, it is the largest research center in the Milwaukee metropolitan area and the second-largest in Wisconsin.
See also 
- EPERC - a peer-reviewed health professional education clearinghouse based at MCW
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