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Assisted by Randall Renegar, assistant dean in Student Affairs, ECU student Grace Minior dons a white lab coat, acknowledging her membership in the incoming class of medical students. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)



Med School Welcomes Largest Class

By Doug Boyd

East Carolina University’s newest medical students wrapped up their first week at the Brody School of Medicine Aug. 14, as they received their symbolic white coats.

The 78 members make this class the largest in school history. The 39 men and 39 women in the class range in age from 21 to 43. As usual, they are all North Carolina residents with 31 counties of residence listed. They earned their undergraduate degrees from 25 different colleges and universities with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill having the most graduates, 21. ECU has 15 alumni in the class and North Carolina State University has 10.

Dr. Harry Adams, professor of medicine and recipient of the Clinical Science Faculty Award from the Class of 2009, addressed the new medical students. Students spent this week in traditional college orientation sessions, took a basic life support class where they learned CPR and also tackled ECU’s ropes course, where challenges build teamwork and confidence.

“I think we’re ready to get started, really,” said Hunter Mahaffey of Waynesville, who received his bachelor’s degree from ECU in May.

Among the class of 2013 are the three newest Brody Scholars: Daniel James Goble of Marion, Diana Nicole Spell of Raleigh and Jordan Ray Preiss of Charlotte, who described her classmates as a little anxious but also eager to learn.

“Everyone was a little more worried about the first two years with classes and more excited about getting with patients in the third and fourth year,” said Preiss, who graduated from Duke University in May.

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.

The symbolic white coats are a gift from the Brody School of Medicine Alumni Society, said Karen Cobb, director of development for the foundation.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at