Training Rural Doctors for Rural People

Faculty & Staff Development

 2018 Faculty Development Conference

September 2o, 2018--“Rural & Community Research Spotlight” Pre-Conference Poster Fair

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The Pre-Conference Poster Fair was a huge success!  18 posters were presented and attendees were asked to vote for the top 3 posters.  Congratulations to our top 3 vote getters . . .

1st Place:  Student Health Literacy & American Health Insurance by Kyle Bakken, MCW-Green Bay Medical Student

2nd Place:  LENA Start Marathon County by Camilla Dornfield and Jennifer Kaiser, MCW- Central Wisconsin Medical Students; Corina Norrbom, MD; Amy Prunuske, PhD.

3rd Place:  Meeting the Healthcare Needs in Wisconsin: Recruitment and Education of PA Students from Rural and Underserved Communities by Amanda DeVoss, MMS, PA-C; Joel Hill, PA-C, MPAS; Michelle Ostmoe, BS


September 21, 2018--“Training Your Future Colleagues: Setting Physicians up for Success from Medical School Through Residency”

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Thank you to everyone who participated and to our hosts ThedaCare Physicians – Waupaca and RWHC for sponsoring the poster fair event at Par 4 Resort.

 2017 Faculty Development Conference

October 5, 2017--“Rural & Community Research Spotlight” Pre-Conference Poster Fair

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The inaugural Pre-Conference Poster Fair was a huge success!  11 posters were presented and attendees were asked to vote for the top 3 posters that were most relevant to rural training or practice.  Congratulations to our top 3 vote getters . . .

Poster Fair Contest Winners

Poster Fair Winners (l to r): Ashley Engel (3rd Place), Alena Gapchenkpo, PharmD (1st Place), Daniel Wilk, PharmD (2nd Place)

1st Place:  Antibiotic Dosing in Obesity: Weighing In on the Evidence by Alena Gapchenkpo, PharmD, Monroe Clinic Resident

2nd Place: Improving Access to Primary Care-Collaborative Chronic Disease Management with Pharmacist-Led Visits by Daniel Wilk, PharmD, Monroe Clinic Resident

3rd Place: Process Improvement of Post-Partum Depression Resources by Ashley A. Engel, MCW-Green Bay Medical Student

Thank you to everyone who participated and to our hosts Monroe Clinic and RWHC for sponsoring the event at Minhas Micro Brewery.




October 6, 2017–Rural & Community Medical Educators Faculty Development Conference, “Cultivating Joy in Practice & Teaching.”

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The theme for the 5th annual Rural & Community Medical Educators Faculty Development Conference was “Cultivating Joy in Practice & Teaching.”

To view presentations from this year’s conference and our past conferences, please visit the Resources Page of our website.


Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program

The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has launched the Residency Faculty Fundamentals Certificate Program to provide online training for faculty. The program covers:

  • The structure and requirements of residency educationLearn More & Enroll
  • How to be an effective and efficient faculty member
  • The nuts and bolts of curriculum development and teaching
  • Strategies for assessment, feedback, and remediation of residents

Courses include readings, videos, interactive modules, quizzes, and assignments. While a few courses are specific to family medicine, most are applicable to faculty of any specialty. To graduate from the program, participants must complete all courses and assignments and pass a final exam within one year.

New Preceptor Mentoring

Those new to the role of rural preceptor have the opportunity to team up with a seasoned rural faculty or preceptor for mentoring. This experience may include:

  • Regular phone calls
  • Mentor shadowing
  • Co-staffing

Contact us to be learn more about mentoring opportunities.

Medical Education Administrators & Coordinators Workshop (MEAC)

WCRGME and several other medical education partners statewide present a Medical Education Administrators and Coordinators (MEAC) Workshop each summer. This full-day workshop provides the opportunity for both new and seasoned undergraduate and graduate physician education administrators & coordinators to network and receive practical training to improve the overall medical education experience.


For more information about MEAC, visit the MEAC Website.


Rural GME Coordinators Team

The Rural GME Coordinators Team is a group of education coordinators who meet bi-monthly via videoconference to network, receive training, and work on projects to increase their effectiveness in filling the unique role of coordinating rural training track (RTT) residency programs.

Click here to view past presentations.

New Rural GME Administrators Training

Answers to questions about how to best administer rural GME rotations are always welcome. In addition, a formalized training for those new to the role of rural rotation administration is under development.