Mar 132012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards. Since 2005, this annual awards program provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to be honored for published research and scholarly contributions in their field of study.   

Faculty and staff publications are the results of active and extensive research and scholarship. The new knowledge discovered through research allows us to update and enhance the quality of educational experiences for health sciences students. Likewise, it allows us to improve the quality of clinical care through new and expanded knowledge about best therapeutic practices.

Laupus Library is pleased to continue the tradition of hosting this annual program which recognizes and celebrates academic achievement through research and publication.  Health Sciences faculty and staff who have published books and peer-reviewed journals between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 are eligible to submit the citations for their works.  Registration now available at:

The awards ceremony will be held on November 13th at the Greenville Hilton. Eligibility criteria and bibliographies from previous years are available at:


Final Destination: Match Day

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Mar 092012

Esther Nissao, left, and her mother, Adele, smile at last year’s Match Day after learning Esther will be going to the Medical College of Georgia for a residency in pediatrics.

Match Day at the Brody School of Medicine will be March 16. For senior medical students, it’s when all of their work comes to fruition. For the school, it marks the shepherding of another group of young people through school and the opportunity to send them out into the world.

During medical school, students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for their profession and determine the field of medicine for which they don’t mind getting up at 3 a.m. so they can make a difference in the lives of others.
For more than half of our students, that decision is to enter a primary care residency: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN. We’re proud of that tradition; it’s part of our mission. When the American Academy of Family Physicians ranks us as the top school in the country for sending graduates into family medicine (link:, we know what we’re doing here is working.

When the majority of our graduates practice in North Carolina, we know we are serving our state.

And no matter where our students go, they know they will always be a part of the Brody School of Medicine.

Pirates From Afarrr!

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Mar 062012

ECU Distance Education students can now connect with each other more easily thanks to Allisha Ellis, a non-traditional DE student in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Ellis, a first-year Health Services Management major, created the first DE student organization, Pirates From Afarrr, as an opportunity for DE students to meet and network with one another.

With the help of Jennifer Baysden, ECU Office of Continuing Studies, the organization’s constitution was completed and submitted in October 2011.  There are currently about 30 active members consisting of currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students.  Ellis is serving as the organization’s president with Kellie Dunne, a second-year BSBA major, as secretary.

Still in the early stages of formation, Ellis has high expectations for the organization–social events for those residing in the same location/regions, study group opportunities, networking, career and education mentoring, and social outlets via Second Life and other online avenues.  “I truly believe the possibilities are endless,” says Ellis.  “There are many ways to make this organization work for everyone while also making it fun.”

Meetings are tentatively planned for every other month.  DE students can contact Ellis for more information.

ENC RIBN: A Partnership between ECU College of Nursing and Area Community Colleges

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Mar 022012

What is RIBN?

ECU College of Nursing is pleased to announce RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses), an innovative partnership to provide access to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to more residents of eastern North Carolina. The partnership provides a 4-year nursing educational experience for select community college students at Pitt Community College, Beaufort County Community College, Lenoir Community College and Roanoke-Chowan Community College.

Students will be concurrently enrolled at ECU and their community college for years 1-3, and then they will enroll fully at ECU for year 4. Students earn both the Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing (AAS) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The project is modeled after a similar collaboration between Western Carolina University and AB-Tech in the western part of the state.  The Foundation for Nursing Excellence fund these collaborations with the goal of providing essential nursing resources for eastern North Carolina.

To learn for about the partnership, visit  or .  Help us spread the word about this exciting new option for undergraduate nursing education in North Carolina!