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New students in the Brody School of Medicine recite the Hippocratic Oath during the annual White Coat ceremony at East Carolina University. The med school is consistently ranked as the top producer of family medicine graduates. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Brody School of medicine receives national award for sending graduates into family medicine

By Doug Boyd
ECU News Services

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is the top medical school in the country for sending graduates into family medicine, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Based on a three-year average for the period ending last October, 20.9 percent of the school’s graduates have entered an accredited family medicine residency program. That ranked ECU first in the country and marked the sixth consecutive year ECU has been ranked in the top 10.

Representatives of the Brody School of Medicine and the other schools were recognized with an award at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine meeting in April in Seattle.

“East Carolina University is defined by its mission,” said Paul Cunningham, dean of the Brody School of Medicine.  “The recent acknowledgment by the American Academy of Family Physicians, that the Brody School of Medicine ranks first in the nation for producing family physicians, is confirmation of our purpose.”

Other universities in the top 10 for training family physicians include Oregon Health & Science University of Medicine (18.4 percent); the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Science (18.1 percent); John C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University (16.8 percent); the University of Kansas School of Medicine (15.4 percent) and the University of Washington School of Medicine (15.3 percent).

“All of us here are committed to serving the citizens of North Carolina and in particular the East.” Cunningham said. “Our state supported medical school is passionate about that purpose, and it is therefore no surprise when the results confirm the motive.”

On March 16, 22 percent of Brody’s graduating students matched with family medicine residency programs during the school’s annual Match Day.

The AAFP is a national medical association representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students interested in family medicine. Family physicians are medical specialists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of the majority of medical problems. Family physicians care for people of all ages and both sexes.

The STFM is an academic organization committed to improving the quality of education in family medicine.

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