06.15.2009

Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine Accepts Monroe Native

Ian Stormont one of 18 admitted to WARM curriculum in 2009

(Monroe, WI)— After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ian Stormont worked in Arizona and South Dakota rural communities through the Teach for America program. During that time he witnessed the extent to which members of rural communities have disproportionately fewer medical resources available to them.

“This should not be the case and I decided I wanted to obtain a medical degree and work to address this in my home state of Wisconsin,” said Stormont. “In searching online for different medical programs in the Midwest area, I found information about the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM).”

WARM is a student-centered program that seeks applicants who have a strong desire to practice rural medicine in Wisconsin, who demonstrate their ties to rural Wisconsin and have strong records of community involvement. During the first two years students complete the required basic science courses in Madison, Wis. For the final years of medical school, students are assigned to a learning community and complete the required clerkship.

WARM’s mission to improve the supply of physicians to rural underserved Wisconsin communities aligns with Stormont’s desire to be a physician and work in a rural Wisconsin community. He encourages any student in these areas to consider a career in medicine and to learn about the WARM opportunity.

WARM is reassuring for local healthcare organizations as well. As a rural medical education program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, it aims to increase the number of physicians practicing in rural Wisconsin communities.
Like many other rural hospital executives, Dr. Mark Thompson, Monroe Clinic’s Chief Medical Officer, sees the WARM program as a vital element in improving health care accessibility.

“This is an excellent opportunity for any student within our communities to start planning for a future in the medical field,” said Dr. Thompson. “Programs like these will resolve the projected physician shortages for rural communities, not only in our region, but across the country as well.”

For WARM application instructions, please visit www.med.wisc.edu/education/md/warm or contact Alison Klein, MPA Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine’s Assistant Director at aklein2@wisc.edu or 608-263-7082.