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Medical College of Wisconsin changes starting classroom location


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- When the Medical College of Wisconsin expands into central Wisconsin, the classes will be in a different location than originally planned.

College officials were planning to use the Liberty Mutual Insurance Building across from Aspirus Wausau Hospital, but have determined the site is too large for their needs at startup.

Dean of the Medical College, Dr. Joseph Kerschner says they will instead be conducting classes at a medical building with enough room for the school. “The initial site for the classroom work is going to be at the Aspirus building that’s being opened, and actually not at the Liberty Mutual building which we had considered.”

Dr. Kerschner says the Liberty Mutual building is a beautiful site, and they’ve had great assistance from the insurance company and community leaders. He says the decision to start in a smaller location made financial sense. “Because of it’s size, it’s really a much bigger building than we could possible need, so for good financial stewardship, we’ve decided to lease space from Aspirus initially to do this.”

Kershner says the Medical College of Wisconsin plans to have about fifteen students in the first year at central Wisconsin and at Green Bay, and grow in subsequent years. Kerschner says the college gets thousands of applications, but only accepts a few highly-qualified individuals.