UW Madison launches nation's first OBGYN rural residency program

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MONROE, Wis. (WMTV) --- The entire country is facing a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists, especially in rural areas.

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UW Madison is responding by launching the country's first ever OBGYN rural residency program.

Starting in 2018, UW will send one of its residents to hospitals outside of Madison including Monroe, Portage, Ripon, Waupun and Watertown.

"If they get these experiences than they're more likely to take positions in rural communities and we really need OBGYNs in rural communities in Wisconsin," said Residency Director, Dr. Ellen Hartenbach.

Hartenbach says 1 out of 3 counties in Wisconsin don't have an OBGYN physician. She also says many women have to drive more than 60 miles to get to a hospital to deliver their baby.

The goal is to eventually expand to more rural areas in Wisconsin.

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