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Students at Medical College of Wisconsin in Wausau celebrate magical 'Match Day'Submitted: 03/15/2019
Story By Stephen Goin

Students at Medical College of Wisconsin in Wausau celebrate magical 'Match Day'
WAUSAU - Students at the Medical College of Wisconsin Wausau campus were "matched" on Friday and found out where they would be spending the next few years of their medical training. 

After three years of hard work, "Match Day" sorted thirteen future doctors in Wisconsin into residency programs around the country. Their matching ceremony was nothing short of magical.

Instead of Harry Potter's Gryffindor and Hufflepuff, medical students got sorted into more fitting houses on Friday. All thirteen students in the first graduating class of the Medical College of Wisconsin's branch in Wausau were matched to the training program they'll spend the next three to five years completing. After that, they'll become full fledged doctors. 

Some of those students were from the area, like Gina Groshek from Rosholt.

"I am thrilled. This has been a week of a lot of built up anxiety," Groshek said.

Groshek will specialize in family medicine at the University of Minnesota and hopes to practice medicine close to home.

"I don't feel like we're going to leave the Midwest, this is kind of home for us," Groshek said.

Groshek's classmate Chris Zeman, who played the voice of the sorting hat at the event, won't transfigurate just yet. 

"I really couldn't make up my mind with what I want to specialize in yet so I'm taking another year to really make that more concrete," Zeman said.

We first met Zeman in 2017. He's an Iraqi war veteran and father of three who decided to attend medical school after seeing medics save soldiers on the battlefield and surgeons back home save his new born daughters life.

Zeman still hopes to come back to the area once he's completed his residency.

"And we're going to try our best to come back to the Wausau area, we really love living here and it's still a place we want to raise our family. So that's our plan," Zeman said.

Dean Lisa Dodson hopes that many of her students will follow that same route.

"Most of our students are from here, hopefully will be coming back here after they finish their training," Dodson said.

A reappearing trick would be good for Wisconsin too. Up to 40 per cent of the state's family doctors are expected to retire in the next ten to 15 years according to the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce. But the students and staff at MCW Central Wisconsin are making sure that the Northwoods doesn't go through that dry spell.

"Medicine has always been a little bit magical," Dodson quipped.

Those MCW students will graduate this spring and begin their residencies this summer.



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There have been revisions to the mask mandate. Originally, it was said that only people not feeling well are required to wear it. It was changed when it was discovered that just talking could cause an outbreak.

Dr. Jeff Pothof of UW Madison Health spoke about how not wearing a mask can affect your long term health.

"People who had no idea they were sick had enough virus where they could spread it and the only thing they needed to do to spread it was talk to someone else," said Pothof.

COVID-19 is all across the country and not wearing a mask is putting yourself and the people around you at risk.

"There is no way you can know. It is everywhere right now. To think that you live in a location where COVID-19 hasn't reached yet is just not true," said Pothof.

To ensure you're protected, wear a cloth mask that is two layers thick to prevent your droplets from escaping and to protect from other droplets.

Make sure to wash your cloth masks once a week and change paper masks once every three to 5 days.

"They need to cover your nose and your mouth. If you only cover your mouth, the mask is not effective. Those droplets are coming out your nose and it just doesn't work," said Pothof.

For those thinking there's no repercussions from catching COVID-19, there are health risks that can be long term and affect your everyday life.

"People who have had COVID-19 may not ever return to normal lung function and that can impact them in ways such as in physical exertion and their ability to do things. Their physical stamina may decreased because their lungs are no longer as effective as they were before they had COVID-19," said Pothof.

The other long term health risks of COVID-19 is an inflamed heart.

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In cities like Madison and Milwaukee, their hospitals are equipped to handle a large influx of people and have special wards to combat COVID-19--unlike the smaller hospitals in our communities.

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"We've expanded our hours and we've expanded our play areas to include more things and outdoor space," said Jered Severt, operator at Grampa's Farm.

But change is something that Severt and his family are used to.

"The dairy industry just wasn't working out for the smaller farmer," Severt said.

Severt and his family have had their barn for over 100 years.

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Ernst says back on September 8th, a middle school cross country runner was approached by a man after his practice near Chequamegon High School in Park Falls. The man told the boy that he was from 'Up North', and was asking for help to find the hospital. The second incident occurred on September 16th, when a man matching a similar description was seen on Saunders Avenue in Park Falls near Hines Park. When he approached two boys who were also in Middle School.

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