Medical College aims at northern psychiatrist shortage

Medical College aims at northern psychiatrist shortage

The Medical College of Wisconsin is moving to address the state’s shortage of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin.

It’s one of the state’s most severe areas of doctor need.

The Medical College announced last week that it had gotten initial accreditation for residency programs in northeastern and north-central Wisconsin for seven psychiatrists.

Doctors often stay in the area where they do their residencies, so it’s hoped that the programs will eventually reduce the shortage.

Jon Lehrmann, chairman of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College, said it’s tough to get in to see a psychiatrist in Milwaukee — but it’s almost impossible up north.