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MD Program

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University provides a carefully developed environment conducive to the study of medicine that emphasizes individual learning to prepare students for a lifetime of personal service. Many elements make up the ECU approach, but the most important are small class sizes and an outstanding and supportive faculty.

The faculty of the School of Medicine is the greatest strength of the educational program. By precept and example, the faculty upholds the standards of excellence which enable graduates to fulfill their professional duties throughout a lifetime of service, whether in primary care, specialty practice, or teaching and research. The faculty at ECU also have a reputation for innovation, exemplified by the award of a million dollar grant to redesign medical education (REACH grant).

Not all student learning takes place in the classroom however; 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. This variety of clinical settings provides a solid foundation for residency training in primary care or other specialty area.

The emphasis of the Brody School of Medicine is on primary care. When North Carolina legislators were planning the establishment of a medical school at East Carolina University, 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.


Detailed information about our MD program, including curriculum and the application process is available on the Brody School of Medicine Admissions website.