ECU receives national award for sending graduates into family medicine
Dr. Kenneth Steinweg
(Apr. 29, 2010)
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is one of top medical schools in the country for sending graduates into family medicine, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Based on a three-year average for the period ending last October, 19.4 percent of the school's graduates have entered an accredited family medicine residency program. That ranks ECU second in the country and marked the fourth consecutive year ECU has been ranked in the top 10.
"This award is recognition of the Brody School of Medicine's support and commitment for the training of family physicians," said Dr. Kenneth Steinweg, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Brody. "It reflects a school-wide effort beginning with the admissions process and extending through the clinical years. Family physicians are in huge demand throughout our region and state, and we are working hard to meet that need."
Representatives of the Brody School of Medicine and the other schools were recognized April 26 at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The University of North Dakota ranked first, sending 20.4 percent of graduates into family medicine.
On March 18, 20 percent of Brody's graduating students matched with family medicine residency programs during the school's annual Match Day. Eight of those 13 graduates will remain in North Carolina for their residency training.
ECU was also ranked 28th in primary care among medical schools in the May issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine
The AAFP is a national medical association representing more than 94,000 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students interested in family medicine. Family physicians are medical specialists trained in the diagnosis and treatment of the majority of medical problems. Family physicians care for people of all ages and both sexes.
The STFM is an academic organization committed to improving the quality of education in family medicine.
From left, ECU family medicine residents Dr. Nick Patel and Dr. Hiram Patel, American Academy of Family Physicians President Lori Heim, and Dr. Robert Newman, ECU clinical associate professor of family medicine, show the award ECU received for sending graduates in family medicine residencies. Photo courtesy AAFP