Welcome to the Class of 2017

It’s another stellar class at the Brody School of Medicine. Check out these statistics:

BSOM at ECU Class of 2017 (Entering Class of 2013)

  • 80 of 80 are NC residents (out of 884 NC applicants)
  • 27 counties of residence are represented, from Transylvania in the west to Dare in the east
  • 41 of 80 (51%) are male, while 39 (49%) are female
  • The average age is 24, with a range of 19 to 35
  • 28 of 80 are re-applicants (35%)
  • 43 of 80 (54%) are Caucasian, while 37 (46%) are non-Caucasian
  • All have undergraduate degrees, while 12 also have done graduate study
  • 23 different undergraduate schools are represented: UNC (22), ECU (17), NCSU (15), UNC-C (3),      UNC-W (3), Catawba (2), Clemson (2), Wake Forest (2), & 15 other schools in NC & 8 other states
  • The average GPA is 3.7 undergraduate & 3.8 graduate
  • The average MCAT is 9.8 (29.5 total of 3 numerical sections)

The class includes three Brody Scholars, Hugh Quach of Belmont, Mia Marshall of Elizabethtown and Amanda Saad of Cary. In its 30th year, the scholarship program pays tuition and living expenses and encourages participants to design their own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad.

The Brody Scholars program honors J. S. “Sammy” Brody, who died in 1994. He and his brother, Leo, were among the earliest supporters of medical education in eastern North Carolina. The legacy continues through the dedicated efforts of Hyman Brody and David Brody. Subsequent gifts through the Brody Foundation have enabled the medical school to educate new physicians, conduct important research and improve health care in eastern North Carolina. The scholarship is administered through the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation.

Also among the students is Arun Ajmera, 19, the youngest ever to enroll at Brody. The Greenville resident was one of seven who entered medical school this year through ECU’s Early Assurance Program. That means when he began his undergraduate studies at ECU, he was guaranteed admission to medical school, provided he met certain academic goals, without having to take the medical school entrance exam.

Also in the class is Patrick Dennis of Durham who received the Bost Scholarship, worth $2,500 each year.

Dr. David Holder, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at ECU, spoke at the school’s annual white coat ceremony on Aug. 16 where the medical students receive their white coats and recite the Medical Student Pledge of Ethics before beginning their studies.

He told the new medical students about caring for a dying cancer patient – a high school student – last year. “Despite the diagnosis, prognosis or death… medicine gives us a unique opportunity to express the highest of values: compassion and love,” Holder said.

Welcome to ECU’s newest medical students!