Departing Brody students offer annual ‘Day of Service’

Medical students participate in Brody Day of Service. (Contributed photos)

Medical students participate in Brody Day of Service. (Contributed photos)

Before learning where they’d be placed for medical residency, 80 students from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine spent a Day of Service giving back to the place they’ve called home for the last four years.

“Brody is built on a commitment of service to eastern North Carolina in gratitude for the opportunity to learn the art of medicine from its citizens,” said medical student Lindsey Fix, class president for 2014. “So much of our training emphasizes how our role as physicians will be to care for and improve the health of the community in which we live and work.

“Going to school in a rural part of the country gives us countless opportunities to help people in need. The act of service is simply integral to the Brody experience and the culture of our medical school.” 3

The fourth-year medical students participated in varied projects Friday, March 14. Some related directly to their involvement in medicine, such as service to the student-run Grimesland Clinic or performing maintenance at the Ronald McDonald House, which offers a place to stay for families of children receiving care at Vidant Medical Center.

Students prepared for the upcoming St. Baldrick’s Day event – the third one sponsored by the class of 2014 – which raises money and awareness for pediatric cancer research by shaving volunteers’ heads. The Greenville Community Shelter clinic was also renovated, cleaned and stocked during the service day.

Others projects were simply about meeting a need. Students hosted a pancake breakfast for the families and patients at the Hope Lodge who are receiving cancer therapy at Vidant and live too far away to commute. Others worked with students at the Little Willie Center and helped clean and update the facilities.

Habitat for Humanity and the Center for Domestic Violence also both received help from Brody students during the Day of Service.

The class of 2014 gift to the Brody School of Medicine was to update and renovate the student lending library for pre-clinical and clinical students. This involved collecting book donations, organizing resources and relocating the library to within the med school.

Each project was chosen by the students based on experiences and long-term commitments to service made previously with these organizations, Fix said. Many students have been working with these groups for their entire four years of medical school – some even as undergraduates at ECU.

“For most of us, it was a way to thank these groups for being a part of our lives over the past few years,” Fix said. “The class of 2014 is proud of Brody and proud of our community. Before we officially become doctors and scatter to residencies across the nation, we wanted this opportunity to try and repay some of the generosity that has allowed us to reach this amazing point in our lives.”

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ECU professor selected for summer institute

Matthew Whited

Matthew Whited

Dr. Matthew Whited, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected to attend a summer institute to receive advanced training in designing and conducting randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.

The Summer Institute is sponsored by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The 10-day training course will take place at the Arlie Conference Center in Northern Virginia.

Whited will receive training from more than 10 faculty members with expertise in fields such as behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, cardiovascular diseases and mental health. The training is pertinent to Whited’s current NHLBI-funded research involving the treatment of depression and risk for cardiovascular disease.

Whited said he was excited about representing ECu at the event. “I hope to bring back what I’ve learned to ECU to not only improve my own research but to spread this knowledge to our graduate students in the Health Psychology PhD program,” he said.

– Lacey Gray, Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Spring Fest kicks off opening of North Recreational Complex

SpringFest 2014

East Carolina will host Spring Fest and the Battle of the Bands 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 3 to mark the season opening of the North Recreational Complex.

Open to ECU students, faculty and staff, the event provides free food, live music, and prizes for numerous competitive games such as corn hole, volleyball, paddleball and inflatable activities. Inflatable games include Hoop It Up, Bungee Run, Ultimate Sports Dome, Ultimate Obstacle Course, 24’ Dual Slide, Jacob’s Ladder and Wrecking Ball. The Odyssey Tower will be open for individuals who wish to try out the 300-foot zip line. More than a dozen club sports teams will provide live demos and interactive games.

For the second consecutive year, the event will host Battle of the Bands, a local music competition. Winners earn a spot as the opening act for ECU’s Barefoot on the Mall on April 24.

ECU Transit will provide transportation from College Hill and Mendenhall Student Center from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. An ECU OneCard is required for entry.

The North Recreational Complex officially opened at the start of the fall 2011 semester with a 51,000-square-foot beach on a 5.6-acre lake for boating and fishing and a 2,000-square-foot boathouse. Closed from November through March, the NRC is open to ECU students, faculty and staff.

For more information, visit the special event website at www.ecu.edu/springfest or call Janis Steele, Associate Director for Campus Recreation and Wellness at (252) 328-1571.

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Pirate Nurse 5K benefits scholarships, senior class gift

The second annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building at 2100 W. Fifth St. in Greenville.

Runners and walkers will follow a certified course on the health sciences campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds will support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Registration is $10 for ECU students and $20 for the general public and is available online at http://www.runtheeast.com.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Mark Alexander at alexanderma@ecu.edu.