Two 2016 UW-Madison graduates from Oconto County are among just 26 people selected for a sought-after rural medical education program through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Mackenzie Carlson of Oconto Falls and Kelly Loberger of Oconto will spend the next four years in medical school honing their crafts to pursue careers as rural medical professionals.
The students were accepted to the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The program is a nationally recognized initiative that prepares and supports students who intend to practice in rural Wisconsin and help improve the health of those communities.
WARM was created to address the shortage of physicians in rural Wisconsin. While 29 percent of Wisconsin residents live in rural locations, only 13 percent of physicians in Wisconsin have rural practices.