The Medical Assistant Accelerated Pathway to Employment Training Project

Developing a pipeline for medical assistants and improving access to health care careers in the greater Milwaukee region

Full Project Name:The Medical Assistant Accelerated Pathway to Employment Training Project (MAAPET)Primary Community Organization:Employ Milwaukee Primary Academic Partner:Linda Meurer, MD, MPH, Family and Community MedicineAward Amount:$398,581
Award Date
Project Duration:24 months

Project Description Narrative:

Team-based patient care relies on multiple providers to be properly utilized at their licensed level to assure patients receive the best possible care. A documented shortage of medical assistants (MAs) has had significant impact on the delivery of ambulatory patient care services for individuals, and creates substantial levels of overtime and a work burden on other members of the medical team. To meet this critical health care workforce need, support an economically disadvantaged workforce, and significantly improve the equitable delivery of health care services across impacted communities in southeast Wisconsin, a new approach is needed.

Through this award, project partners will develop, pilot, and evaluate an accelerated training program that provides immediate engagement to wages and on-the-job training to increase a diverse talent pool of medical assistants working in ambulatory clinics across southeast Wisconsin.

Additional community partners:
Center for Healthcare Careers of SE Wisconsin, Children's Wisconsin, Froedtert Health, Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension, Medical College of Wisconsin

Project Updates:

  • Launched seventh and largest cohort of students resulting in 90 enrolled students total to date
  • Shifted from virtual classes at the beginning of the program due to COVID to in-person classes resulting in more engaged students due to ability to interact with each other and the instructor
  • Ensured inclusion in the program with 70% of participants being underrepresented based on ethnicity, income, and individuals with disabilities, among others
  • Advanced health workforce with success or completion rate of the program at 94%. At end of 10 weeks, hire rate 90% among those who completed clinicals and 80% having maintained employment

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8701 W Watertown Plank Road,
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509
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