Training Rural Doctors for Rural People

Monato Prize Template

28th Annual $2,500 UW Rural Health Prize – June 1st Deadline

The Hermes Monato, Jr. prize of $2,500 is awarded annually for the “best rural health paper”. It is open to all students of the University of Wisconsin (any campus)  as well as those who have graduated since last June 1st.

Students are encouraged to write on a rural health topic for a regular class and then to submit a copy to the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative as an entry by June 1st.

Previous award winners as well as judging criteria and submission information are available at HERE



Off the Beaten Path: Training, Practice and Life in Rural Wisconsin at Columbus Community Hospital

On Saturday, September 8th, twenty-four medical students and guests from MCW-Milwaukee and UW-SMPH participated in the Off the Beaten Path event in Columbus, WI.  This informational retreat included a tour of a rural healthcare facility, a panel discussion with rural physicians and residents about their practice, a sponsor fair, a presentation by Sarah Klavas from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and a hike at Astico Park.  Because of the positive response that we received, WCRGME is looking forward to collaborating to make this an annual event for the medical students in the future.

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To view a video recording of the rural training & practice panel discussion, click here.

What is WCRGME?

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education (WCRGME) was established to address the shortage of rural primary care physicians through the expansion of graduate medical education (GME). It is a network of organizations developing and maintaining rural residency rotations, rural training track residency programs, and rural fellowships. Technical assistance, training, networking, and marketing of rural training opportunities are available. It is a program of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) which is supported by a state funded grant through the Wisconsin Rural Physicians Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP).


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