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UW-Marathon County ready for physician assistant training in fall

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- UW-Marathon County is getting ready to open up their first year of physician assistant training.

Dean Keith Montgomery says the new program is a way to help get students into the medical field, which is an important step for the central Wisconsin area. “If communities are going to be viable, they need educational opportunities for their youngster, they need employment, but they also need health care.”

Montgomery says the new program will be working along with the incoming MD program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which will be training family practice doctors in Central Wisconsin. “PAs work with physicians, so there's going to be some opportunities for cross training and collaboration. And it’s very important, because physicians usually graduate medical school without that type of experience. If they can graduate with that type of experience it’s going to be great for both sides I think.”

Students coming into the program have already started courses at UW-Madison, and Montgomery says they’ll be back in Wausau soon. “The students are actually in Madison this week getting their first orientation. They’re going to do some biology work this summer in Madison and they’ll be on campus in the fall.”

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