— Two former University of Wisconsin Foundation executives have
teamed up to create an alternative medical school in Jefferson.
Mark Lefebvre and
Jennifer Kidon DeKrey each spent about two decades raising money
for UW-Madison through the foundation. Now, they're forging a new
effort to establish an osteopathic school after a separate group's
proposal fell through, The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/WJud9k
trying to bring more primary care to underserved areas,"
Medical College of Wisconsin's $125 million project would be
funded through donations, gifts and grants. It would enroll about
150 students the first year and eventually about 600 annually.
DeKrey said their proposed Osteopathic Medical College of
Wisconsin could keep more medical practitioners in the state.
Because there are only two medical schools in Wisconsin, UW School
of Medicine and Public Health and Medical College of Wisconsin,
many students are forced to move if they don't get into one of the
"This is a
tide that raises all boats," DeKrey said. "We're not in
any way trying to threaten the two existing medical schools."
that Wisconsin will hit a shortage of nearly 2,200 doctors by
2030, according to a 2011 report by the Wisconsin Hospital
The mayor of
Jefferson, Dale Opperman, supports the proposal and said the city
could gift some land to the school if it successfully moves
doctors focus on disease prevention and sometimes do hands-on
manipulations, often in rural areas.