UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program
The UW-Madison Physician Assistant (PA) Program is a nationally respected professional program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The Wisconsin Physician Assistant Community-based Track, or wisPACT, is a collaboration between UW and other medical providers in northern Wisconsin to provide PA training in northern and northcentral Wisconsin.
The wisPACT option is a two-year, full-time program. Students spend their first summer at UW-Madison, and then complete the balance of their training through a web-based curriculum at UW-Marathon County.
Aspirus, Ministry Health, Marshfield Clinic and Essentia Health are partnering with the program to provide necessary clinical rotations. To qualify for the two-year program, candidates must have a bachelor's degree and a desire to remain in the northern region of Wisconsin.
Physician assistants are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Their responsibilities include diagnosing and treating illnesses, doing routine physical examinations, ordering and interpreting tests, providing counsel on preventive health care, and assisting in surgery. PAs are also allowed to write prescriptions as delegated by their supervising physicians.
Expansion of the PA program locally is made possible by a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.