GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The Medical College of Wisconsin is looking to expand because it is having a hard time keeping up with demand for doctors.
The college, based in Milwaukee, is looking at eight different communities to launch a satellite campus.
Green Bay is considered a front runner because of its existing medical classrooms.
According to Bellin College President Connie Boerst "It would provide the medical students the opportunity to immerse with our community and learn their profession hands on with all the things we have to offer in the green bay community".
The high tech classrooms at Bellin College are just one selling point to bring future doctors to Green Bay.
"We do have four excellent healthcare institutions, we have a great educational base, and more than that I think that the community itself is a great size for what they're aspiring to" says Matt Rentmeester, Vice President of Development for Bellin College.
The proposed project would incorporate faculty and facilities at Bellin college, NWTC, UW Green Bay and Saint Norbert College.
Collaboration between local hospitals is also key.
"That means in particular competing health care organizations would be willing to find neutral ground because we all require a fresh workforce going forward" says Dr. John Raymond, President and CEO of The Medical College of Wisconsin.
"Green Bay is very rural in the sense that there are a lot of clinics and affiliations with all of our hospitals. So, it would provide those students with an opportunity to really put emphasis on primary care and that is where health care is going, primary care" says Boerst.
However, the nation is facing a shortage of primary-care physicians.
That could mean limited access to health care and longer wait times for patients.
"As one of the two medical schools in the state we believe we have an obligation to do our best to address the shortage" says Dr. Raymond.
A campus in Green Bay could graduate up to 50 new doctors each year.
"I feel that our community has a lot of great things to provide and I think it would be a blessing for us to have this" says Boerst.
The medical college of Wisconsin expects to make a final recommendation to its board in late June.
If this first satellite campus is a success seven more could be in the works.