4 medical institutions receive $500k to advance medical education

Four partnering medical institutions in Muncie, Ind. — IU School of Medicine-Muncie, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, Ball State University and Meridian Health Services — received a total of $500,000 from the Ball Brothers Foundation to improve medical education in the state, according to The Star Press.

Each medical institution received grants ranging from $100,000 to $150,000 to fund a joint-training and team-building program to emphasize working collaboratively in stressful conditions. Additionally, the grants will provide medical students with the opportunity to gain specialized training in behavioral health and establish the Healthy Lifestyle Center, where physicians can coordinate with other allied health professionals such as dieticians or exercise physiologists.

 "The grants are the result of two years' worth of conversations about how our community can reimagine medical training. By strengthening the existing four-year medical school program and the three medical residency programs, we want to make Muncie’s offerings even more attractive to aspiring doctors," Jud Fisher, Ball Brothers Foundation President and COO said, according to the report.

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