IUSM-Muncie expansion to four year program slated for June

Feb. 20, 2014

The IU School of Medicine-Muncie will expand to a four-year program in June, which will mean third- and fourth-year medical students can do their clerkship rotations at Ball Memorial Hospital and with physicians in the Delaware County community.


Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Center

In the past week, media reports in outlets such as The Star Press, Inside Indiana Business, WFYI-FM and WIBC-FM have highlighted this development, which has been in progress since 2008.

The IU School of Medicine has educated students at nine centers since the early 1970s. Students could attend the first two years of their training at one of the centers, but all the students converged at the Indianapolis campus for the final two years of their medical school training. During those years, the students work with physicians in the various specialties to get specific training and exposure to all areas of medicine.

By expanding the training opportunities at the medical education centers, the school can graduate more physicians and have an impact on the number of physicians who practice in rural and underserved areas. Research shows that physicians frequently stay in the communities where they received their training.

"Having a third- and fourth-year clinical experience for our students gives us a chance to showcase the clinical expertise of our local physicians," said Derron L. Bishop, M.D., associate dean and director of the IU School of Medicine-Muncie. "I think this positive training experience will ultimately help us to attract many of these students back to the community as practicing physicians."

According to Aloysius "Butch" Humbert, M.D., assistant dean for curriculum in clinical sciences and associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine, the expansion of the programs at the centers began in 2008 at the IU School of Medicine-South Bend campus, followed by IUSM-Northwest and IUSM-Fort Wayne in 2009, IUSM-Terre Haute in 2010, IUSM-Lafayette and the Bloomington Medical Education Program in 2012, and IUSM-Evansville in 2013. With the Muncie program expanding to four years, all nine of the education centers will offer four years of training. 

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