Medical College of Wisconsin

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Medical College of Wisconsin
Established 1893
Type Private medical school
President John R. Raymond
Postgraduates 1,217[1]
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
43°2′41″N 88°1′21″W / 43.04472°N 88.02250°W / 43.04472; -88.02250Coordinates: 43°2′41″N 88°1′21″W / 43.04472°N 88.02250°W / 43.04472; -88.02250
Campus Suburban

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.[1] MCW is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) and by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). [1] 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.[2]

More than 1,510 faculty physicians with MCW provide adult and pediatric care to more than 500,000 patients, representing more than 2.2 million patient visits annually.[1]


The Medical College opened in 1893 as the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2] Froedtert Hospital sits adjacent to MCW and is one of the three major affiliated health care centers where MCW students, residents and physicians practice.[1]

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 16,000 alumni, all of whom are represented by the Medical College of Wisconsin-Marquette Medical Alumni Association.[2]


There are more than 1,200 students enrolled in education programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This consists of about 817 medical students and 400 graduate students. An additional 670 physicians in residency and 180 physicians in fellowship training work with the College's affiliated hospitals throughout the state. About 160 scientists conduct postdoctoral research with MCW.[1]

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert, two teaching hospitals affiliated with MCW

MCW will open two new medical school campuses in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Central Wisconsin that will provide focused, three-year curriculums for students seeking careers in primary care, general surgery or psychiatry. MCW-Green Bay will open in July 2015 and MCW-Central Wisconsin is targeted for a July 2016 opening. [1]

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, one of the school's research facilities

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.[3] PhD degrees are awarded in the following subjects:

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.[3] Residency training is offered in nearly 30 medical specialties and subspecialties.[4]

Admissions and rankings[edit]

The average MCAT scores and undergraduate GPA for the entering class of 2011 were 31.9 and 3.70, respectively.[5] 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.[5]

U.S. News & World Report ranked MCW's medical programs as 54th for research and 62nd for primary care.[6] 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.[7]

The biological sciences graduate program was 106th, while the statistics program ranked 53rd, according to U.S. News.[6]


As a research center, the Medical College of Wisconsin received more than $154 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes in fiscal year (FY) 2013-2014. MCW received about $79.5 million in NIH funding and ranked 46th among 137 medical schools in the country for NIH research funding. Its faculty conducted more than 2,500 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Facts about MCW". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "History of MCW". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Programs & Degrees". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Residency Programs". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Class Profile 2011". Medical College of Wisconsin. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Medical College of Wisconsin". Education | Colleges. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Medical College of WIsconsin". Academic Ranking of World Universities. Shanghai Jiao Tong. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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