Osteopathic college public meeting set

November 24, 2018

JEFFERSON -- A town hall style public information session related to the possibility of the College of Osteopathic Medicine locating on Jefferson’s southwest side is scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. In recent days, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors was updated that the college wishes to locate on county-owned land near the Jefferson County Workforce Development Center rather than on 100 acres donated to the project by the city of Jefferson on the north side.

Jefferson Mayor Dale Oppermann said Tuesday the city is in favor of the relocation of the potential development to the south.

A representative of the proposed college, Jennifer DeKrey, along with her colleague Mark Lefebvre, said it is hoped the osteopathic college would change the overall physician residency model in the state. She and others involved in the project want residencies in each county.

“So the economic impact of this college coming out of Jefferson would be significant,” DeKrey said.

If it is up and running in the next few years, the college might graduate classes of 160 annually.

DeKrey said the economic impact of these osteopathic physicians as they move their practices into the more remote parts of Wisconsin and into the inner city of Milwaukee will be significant.

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