Gov. Scott Walker joins Mayo Clinic Health System physicians (from left) Donn Dexter, MD, Richard Helmers, MD, Kristin Sommers, MD, and Cosima Swintak, MD, for Tuesday’s announcement. Gov. Scott Walker joined representatives from Mayo Clinic Health System on Tuesday in Eau Claire to announce expansion of the Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency Program to northwest Wisconsin. This will add up to two psychiatry residents per training year.
“This is wonderful news,” said Society President Molli Rolli, MD. “Wisconsin is experiencing a critical shortage of psychiatrists, particularly in rural areas, making it very difficult for some patients to access care. We rank 34th in terms of mental health workforce availability, and recent estimates show that only 20 percent of those who seek treatment from public providers receive care.
“One of our top priorities at the Wisconsin Medical Society is to address the mental health care workforce shortage and to increase access to care; adding psychiatric residencies in northwest Wisconsin will help significantly in that area of the state and improve health outcomes for people living there,” she said. “There is much work to be done, but this is a much-needed step forward.”
Residents will begin training in Eau Claire in 2020, and the program expansion could add up to eight practicing clinicians to the Eau Claire area at one time within a few years.
“Across the nation, there is significant need for more psychiatric care providers. It is a critically important area of health care,” says Richard Helmers, MD, regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin, in this press release. “Increasing access to mental health care is vitally important to our patients and the overall health of the communities we live in.”
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