Medical residents in Wisconsin may get boost from proposed legislation

A proposed bill may increase medical residency training at rural hospitals across Wisconsin.

Representative Ron Kind created the bill and it was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week.

If signed into law, hospitals would be able to train more doctors in rural health care facilities.

Doctors at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse say helping draw more residents will address a growing shortage of physicians.

“By training physicians in Wisconsin, and especially if they’ve gone to medical school in Wisconsin, we have a very good likelihood that they will stay in Wisconsin to practice medicine,” said Dr. Greg Thompson, Director of Medical Education at Gundersen Health System.

The bill is co-sponsored by the seven other U.S. House of Representative members from Wisconsin.

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