Brody School of Medicine

ECU Brody School of Medicine Bulletin

Application Procedure

The Brody School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Application forms are available via the Internet at Applications for the class, which matriculates each fall, must be filed with AMCAS before November 1st of the preceding year.

The AMCAS application is used as a preliminary application form by the Brody School of Medicine. Each applicant will be notified upon receipt of his or her application and will be notified via e-mail of the Web address to access these materials. Required components of the electronic supplementary application include:
  • Supplementary Application form
  • Statement of Residence
  • 300-500 word essay reflecting the applicant’s reasons for desiring to study medicine, future professional aspirations, the most significant clinical experience, and also the most meaningful non-medical experience
  • Recent passport size photograph (appropriate for a professional school application) submitted electronically as a jpeg file
  • A non-refundable $70 application fee. Instructions for electronic payment are included with the supplemental application materials

Each applicant is required to have submitted electronically through AMCAS on his/her behalf either three individual evaluations including two from faculty who have taught the applicant coursework for a grade (at least one of these from a science instructor) and one personal, character, or employment reference letter from a non-family member; or a single recommendation from the school’s professional committee. Additional references may be submitted, but should be limited to a total of ten.

All schools in the University of North Carolina system (including the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University) are required to inquire if potential students have any past or pending criminal offenses. Therefore, we ask each applicant completing our Supplementary Application to answer the following six questions:
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
  • Have you ever entered a plea of guilty, a plea of no contest, a plea of nolo contendere, or an Alford plea, or have you received a deferred prosecution or prayer for judgment continued to a criminal charge?
  • Have you otherwise accepted responsibility for the commission of a crime?
  • Do you have any criminal charges pending against you?
  • Have you ever been expelled, dismissed, suspended, placed on probation, or otherwise subject to any disciplinary sanction by any school, college, or university?
  • If you have ever served in the military, did you receive any type of discharge other than an honorable discharge?
“Yes” answers to one or more of these questions will not necessarily preclude admission. However, failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on the application will be grounds to deny or withdraw admission, or for dismissal after enrollment. For the purpose of these questions, “crime” or “criminal charge” refers to any crime other than a traffic-related misdemeanor or an infraction. However, alcohol or drug offenses must be included whether or not they are traffic related.

The answers to these six questions are not considered by members of the Admissions Committee as they conduct their deliberations. Any applicants judged by the Committee to be deserving of an offer who do have a previous criminal record are referred to a Subcommittee, which reviews the prior offenses on a case-by-case basis. An applicant’s eligibility for admission as determined by this Subcommittee will be based upon a careful weighing of the totality of circumstances surrounding the offense. In its deliberations, the Subcommittee strives to be consistent with state medical licensure policies, and to recognize the US justice system principle that a person’s debt to society is fulfilled once punishment is administered. In keeping with recent AAMC recommendations, criminal background checks are required of all accepted applicants.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. Test results that are more than three years old at the time of application will not be considered. Therefore, for applications to the 2019-entering class that are received during the summer and fall of 2018, MCAT scores from 2015 and later will be valid.