UW-L students choose to work in rural health care

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Rural areas sometimes often don’t have enough people working in health care.

But some UW-L students in the physician assistant program are trying to change that by taking jobs in those areas.

The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine said 28% of Wisconsin residents live in rural areas.

However, only 11% of doctors have practices in them.

“I like the rural communities in general, so that was really why I wanted to go into those types of areas, but I also knew that it was need to have more practitioners in there, and people who want to work there, not just feel forced to work there, said UW-L physician assistant student Anna Moeller.

“I wanted to serve a more rural population, I guess, being from a rural background, and just relating to those people, and I though that’s where my skill set would be applicable to,” said UW-L physician assistant student Matt Burns.

Moeller is going to work in the urgent care/ER at Tomah Memorial Hospital.

Burns will work in family practice, and spend some time working in urgent care in Monticello, Minnesota, which is about 45 minutes northwest of Minneapolis.

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