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The Brody School of Medicine
ECU Emergency Medicine


Medical Student Info

Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is the teaching facility for the Brody School of Medicine and serves as the primary training site for a well established Residency in Emergency Medicine.  A tertiary care facility with 700 beds and a Level I trauma center, PCMH is the primary referral center for 29 counties in eastern North Carolina.  The Emergency Department at PCMH has greater than 56,000 patient visits annually.  This number is growing rapidly.  To meet this demand a new state of the art department, with 58,000 square feet and 60 beds, was opened in 2005. 

The residency, an accredited three-year program has a total of thirty-six resident physicians.  In accordance with the mission of the Medical School, the residents, faculty, and staff are dedicated to providing health care for the medically underserved areas of Eastern North Carolina.  This extensive area, the coastal plain, is largely rural and agricultural.

The patients presenting to the ED provide many challenges.  Included are those associated with a high prevalence of coronary artery and cerebrovascular disease.  The frequently encountered conditions of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and obesity are further complicated by tobacco use, local diet, and marginal medical compliance.  The illnesses encountered in the growing migrant population also provide unique interventional opportunities.  Together with regional trauma referrals these factors contribute to the truly vast array of pathology encountered in the ED.

The Acting Internship in Emergency Medicine is designed to acquaint students with the broad scope of emergency medical practice.  The environment allows for individualized learning, facilitated by an emergency medicine faculty with a wide range of teaching and research interest.  The faculty was recently ranked number nine nationally for EM research productivity.  Faculty interest includes EMS, Air Medical Transport, Toxicology, Disaster and Wilderness Medicine, Domestic Violence, International Medicine, Injury Prevention and Observational Medicine.

For more information contact:

Luan Lawson, MD
Director of Undergraduate Education
ECU Emergency Medicine 
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27834
Phone:  252-744-3813
Email: lawsonjohnsonl@ecu.edu

Please e-mail Dr. Lawson directly concerning visiting student EM rotation.