East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center provide the educational and administrative resources that support graduate medical education programs in many disciplines. Programs that have earned certification by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are offered in general surgery, pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, pathology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and dermatology. Combined programs in internal medicine/pediatrics, internal medicine/psychiatry and internal medicine/emergency medicine are also offered. First-year positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program, and applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application System.
Subspecialty residency programs are cardiology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, neonatology, geriatrics, cytopathology, interventional cardiology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, endocrinology, forensic pathology, gastroenterology, sports medicine, surgical critical care, surgical pathology and vascular surgery. Non-ACGME programs include diabetes, emergency medicine transport, family medicine women's health, bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Completion of an accredited specialty program is generally a prerequisite for enrollment. Applications are processed through the respective academic departments. The faculty includes full-time, part-time and volunteer members. Opportunities in academic and community practice allow residents to acquire a balanced approach to patient care. Resident physicians are an essential part of the medical community and work with close supervision by the faculty in an environment that provides graduated patient care responsibilities. Reflecting the medical center philosophy, Vidant is committed to excellence in patient care and education.
The Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Physiology offer programs for the degree of doctor of philosophy. An interdisciplinary doctoral program including faculty from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, other clinical departments and the Department of Biology is also offered. The educational objectives of these programs are to foster scholarship, critical analysis and creative research activity in a particular field of study. In selecting candidates for admission, each applicant's aptitudes and career goals receive careful attention. Each curriculum complements the student's undergraduate and graduate experiences, and every candidate is expected to acquire a broad understanding of human biology in both healthy and diseased states and to gain an in-depth knowledge in a specific discipline.
Students have the opportunity for frequent contact with health science professionals concerned with questions relating to all aspects of human health. As a result, graduates of the doctoral programs of Brody School of Medicine gain knowledge and experience in preparing for careers in organizations concerned with the life sciences, including biomedical research institutes, academic institutions, hospitals, government agencies and industry.
All departments are equipped with instrumentation necessary for modern preparative and analytical procedures. Specialized facilities are also available for tissue culture and virological studies and for handling pathogenic and recombinant organisms. Each department considers the laboratory to be the major setting for the education of doctoral candidates. Students are encouraged to begin some research activity immediately upon entering their program and are assigned to faculty members who supervise them in an aspect of a research problem compatible with part-time laboratory investigation.
Students have the opportunity to work with several faculty members, including those outside the department, before selecting a thesis preceptor.
A minimum of 58 semester hours of course work is required for the doctoral program, of which 15 to 18 semester hours may be in a cognate minor area, if acceptable to the student and the major department.
The individual needs of a student may be met in part, and with approval by the thesis advisory committee, by appropriate graduate courses offered either by other departments at ECU or by other doctoral programs in North Carolina. Further student enrichment activities include teaching and participation in university-sponsored services and other activities deemed of value by the student's advisory committee and graduate faculty of his or her major department.
Inquiries about departmental programs, admission requirements, financial aid and application procedures should be directed to the attention of the chairperson of the department in which an individual has an interest at the following address:
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Mail Stop 609
Greenville, NC 27834