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Family Medicine Residency Names New Director

An IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Release

MUNCIE--Justin Whitt, MD, is the newest program director of the Indiana University Health Family Medicine Residency Program, just the sixth program director in the 44-year history of the residency program.

Dr. Whitt is an alumnus of the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and returned as associate director in 2009, following three years in private practice.  He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Rockford.  Jennifer Bunch, MD, will transition to senior associate director of the program after serving as its interim director following the departure of Stewart Brown, MD, at the end of 2012.

“Dr. Whitt brings a great deal of enthusiasm and expertise to the director’s position,” said J. Matthew Neal, MD, executive medical director, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Academic Affairs. “We are very excited to have him leading our program so capably spearheaded by Dr. Brown, Dr. Allen Neal, and others for so many years.  I also want to acknowledge the great job Dr. Bunch did in seeing the program through another excellent recruiting season. It was an especially difficult challenge in adding 10 residents per class, and she deserves much of the credit for achieving 100 percent Match results again this year.”

The Family Medicine Residency Program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital was the first such program in Indiana when it was established in 1969. Combining a dynamic and experienced faculty with a modern-free standing family medicine clinic located next to a teaching hospital, the residency was re-accredited for a five-year cycle—the maximum allowed—by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2010.
 

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