Our Medical Mission
The Brody School of Medicine provides a carefully developed environment conducive to the study of medicine, one that emphasizes individual and continuing learning to prepare students for a lifetime of personal service. Many elements make up the Brody approach, but the most important are small class sizes, an outstanding and dedicated faculty, and exceptional facilities. Medical students at Brody find that they have many opportunities for personal interaction and individual instruction, whether in the classroom, the office of a faculty member or at the bedside of a patient. Because faculty members are able and willing to spend more time with students, they are better prepared to contribute to the growth and development of each student, not only as a physician but also as a person with unique needs, interests and goals.
More than 400 physicians and research scientists make up our faculty and provide this professional and personal guidance to students as they proceed through their training. Complementing and assisting the faculty are nearly 200 practicing physicians in Greenville and throughout the state who contribute their expertise to the educational experience in classrooms, affiliated hospitals and community practice settings. The faculty of Brody is the greatest strength of the educational program. By precept and example, the faculty upholds the standards of excellence that enable graduates to fulfill their professional duties throughout a lifetime of service, whether in primary care, specialty practice, or teaching and research. The Brody faculty has a reputation for being innovative. The school was among the first in the country to use simulated patients in the teaching program, a common practice today. Brody faculty members have also helped pioneer standardized clinical practice examinations.
Supporting the faculty in its mission are the excellent facilities of the medical school and Vidant Medical Center, the primary affiliated teaching hospital of the school. These modern educational and clinical facilities were carefully designed to meet the needs of students, from the Laupus Library with its private study areas and computing resources to master classrooms equipped with multimedia, computer and teleconferencing technology. These resources contribute to an educational atmosphere that encourages mature study, intellectual curiosity, and the formal and informal exchange of ideas and knowledge.
But not all student learning takes place at the medical center. Clinical rotations throughout the region and state allow students to experience the practice of medicine in carefully selected hospitals, physician offices and rural health clinics. In many of these settings, medical students learn within an interdisciplinary framework that includes students from other health care disciplines. Patient care activities conducted by faculty physicians in schools, health departments, and outlying hospitals also enhance the study of medicine while helping to meet health care needs in the region. Many ECU medical students choose to pursue part of their training in foreign countries, adding to their appreciation of different cultures. This variety of clinical settings provides a solid foundation for residency training in primary care or other specialty areas.
The emphasis of Brody School of Medicine, however, is on primary care. When North Carolina legislators were planning the establishment of a medical school at ECU, they carefully assessed the health care needs of the state and specified that the school should direct special attention to three important goals: educating primary care physicians, making medical care more readily available to the people of eastern North Carolina and providing opportunities to minority and disadvantaged students. This challenging mandate is reflected in daily activities in the classrooms, research laboratories and outreach programs of the school.
The fundamental responsibility of the school is the education of competent and compassionate physicians who will provide quality care to their patients and leadership in their communities. The Brody School of Medicine also recognizes the vital commitment physicians must make to professional growth throughout their careers as the mysteries of medicine are unraveled and science provides new ways of healing and caring. In many ways, a medical education is just a start. The Brody School of Medicine is dedicated to making it an excellent beginning.