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A physician and other medical college personnel shortage is forecast and one regional health provider is helping pay for students education if they stay around after they graduate.

Six central Wisconsin Medical College of Wisconsin students have been named Aspirus Scholars.

The Executive Director of the Aspirus Health Foundation, Kaylynn Pempek, says Aspirus created the scholars program about two years ago... 

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The 1.5 million people who live in rural Wisconsin are finding greater challenges finding and retaining medical professionals in their communities.

The President and CEO of Wisconsin Hospital Association, Eric Borgerding applauds the state Assembly for forwarding a set of proposals put together by WHA to address the problem. Borgerding says a two-edged problem in rural health care will be happening soon with an aging population need more care, and fewer people to provide it.

He says helping find, train and keep home-grown talent is essential...

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The enrollment period has opened again for medical students to get tuition money from Ministry Health Care.

The Medical Student Loan Repayment program enables students to get up to $200,000 wile they're enrolled in a medical education program. In turn, Ministry asks the student to commit to at least five years practicing at one of the groups' medical facilities.

Medical education program manager Brant Bergeron says this program helps bring in doctors to rural areas, where he says it's difficult to find enough doctors...