For medical students in Wisconsin, the incentive to practice in the state’s rural and underserved areas of Wisconsin, the state’s Department of Health Services will award more than $3.3 million in grants to six health organizations to establish new Graduate Medical Education programs over the next three years.

“This is a win-win for future physicians and the patients they will serve via this diverse group of health care providers,” Secretary Kitty Rhoades said. “Clinical training in underserved areas significantly increases the likelihood that resident physicians will remain to continue their practices, which in turn will increase access to quality health care.”

According to the press release announcing the award, the new resident physicians will provide health care services to Wisconsin citizens at hospitals and clinics in rural and underserved areas in over 20 counties that have agreed to serve as clinical training sites.

The initiative will create 51 new training positions for medical residents and will target five specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, and psychiatry.