WESTON - Finding doctors to work in rural areas can be difficult.
But Ministry Health Care found a way to get medical students to come to areas where doctors are needed.
Ministry will pay off medical student loans in return for a commitment to work in one of their facilities.
"Most people aren't aware that leaving medical school, you essentially have a mortgage and all you have to show for it is a piece of paper. That can be a very heavy weight," said Jeff Clark, a program participant and 4th year medical student.
The Medical Student Loan Repayment program gives medical students up to 200,000 dollars to pay for medical school.
In return, these medical students have to commit to work at one of Ministry's hospitals or clinics for at least five years.
This program helps bring doctors to the Northwoods.
"It can be just an issue of lifestyle so not everybody is inclined towards living in smaller communities. Some people are more geared toward practicing in an academic center model. There can be a number of reasons why people are drawn to larger metro areas," said Clark.
Students need be enrolled in medical school to participate in the program.
Ministry will pay students' tuition in 50,000 dollar installments over four years.
There are six students enrolled in the program right now.
Medical students can apply to be a part of the program until March 3rd.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
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Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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