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October 12, 2017
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ECU's Brody School of Medicine ranks No. 2 in US for sending grads into family medicine

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) was ranked second in the nation among M.D.-granting medical schools — and first in the state — this year for its high percentage of graduates pursuing careers in family medicine.

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August 9, 2017
LINC Scholars program director selected as NCMS president-elect

"I believe passionately in the mission of the NCMS. This organization, over a long history, has supported physicians, the practice of medicine and the citizens of North Carolina. I have served this organization over several years and I believe that I can contribute to the ongoing mission of the NCMS."

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July 24, 2017
Medical schools aim to make curricula mirror the real world

Dr. John Raymond, CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, thinks there is an critical element sorely missing in the training of aspiring physicians: compassion...

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July 14, 2017
Breaking Barriers: Interprofessional event brings health sciences students together

"At first glance, it looks like a singles speed-dating event in a reception room in the new ECU Health Sciences Student Center... but listen closer and you find out the event is focused on future health care workers working together."

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June 8, 2017
Patient safety culture should start in medical school

At the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, students and residents bring to life what a new medical textbook describes: a culture of patient safety.

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March 15, 2017
Medical School Reflects on Innovative Faculty Development Program

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University developed its "Teachers of Quality Academy" program to build the capacity of faculty to teach quality and better prepare medical students for working in a changing health care delivery system. A recent article in Academic Medicine highlights the institution's approach for building this innovative program, along with key findings since its launch in 2014.

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March 1, 2017
What airplane deicing has to do with teamwork in health care

"...Aviation is an industry that used to have a very high accident rate, but now plane crashes are very rare," said Jason Higginson, MD, chief of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and co-author of "Principles of Teamwork and Team Science," a chapter in the new Health Systems Science textbook. "The reason is the industry has devised structured ways to organize workflow...."

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October 20, 2016
Aiming High: Clinicians, educators learn about boosting quality in health

Twenty-five health sciences professionals and administrators from East Carolina University and Vidant Health gathered for a daylong session recently at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium's Club Level to learn about improving quality in health care delivery. And to build paper airplanes.

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August 4, 2016
Med schools focus on quality improvement, patient safety

Students entering their first year of medical school at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University this fall will find a new immersion course that focuses on health systems and provides hands-on experience through simulations, patient navigation and interprofessional shadowing.

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May, 2016
Building a Larger Perspective

With patient safety and population health at the forefront, Brody students gain the skills to become leaders in health systems management

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March 20, 2016
ECU Notes: Dropping eggs to raise value of care

ECU nursing and medical students work together to protect their "patient" - an egg - during an egg drop activity earlier this semester meant to teach collaboration and quality improvement.

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March 8, 2016
Symposium features health care quality improvement projects

Interprofessional collaboration and how innovative programs can improve the quality of health care and education were recurring themes at the second Quality Improvement Symposium, held March 2 at the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU.

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March 3, 2016
Right on Track: Program encourages medical students to pursue passions

A new program at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University encourages medical students to pursue their individual passions and get academic recognition for those pursuits.

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October 14, 2015
Fascinating Person: Dr. James Madara, M.D. - Revolutionizing Medical Education
The American Medical Association (AMA) is revolutionizing medical education for students and faculty. Dr. James Madara, M.D. serves as the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AMA. Since becoming an integral member of the AMA in 2011, Dr. Madara has been the driving force of a long-term strategic plan focusing not only on healthcare, but the health of the nation.
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October 1, 2015
New Brody Grant to better prepare students
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is giving medical students the opportunity to work with health professionals and build their resume while shaping the future of medicine.
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September 30, 2015
Brody leading the way in changing medical school curriculums
The Brody School of Medicine is currently trying out different ways to change the curriculum taught in medical schools across the country. Brody was one of 11 medical schools chosen to do this, and the only one in the state.
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September 17, 2015
How new med students are diving into health care delivery science
Experiential learning has advanced to new heights with a unique intensive program that teaches medical students the complexities of health systems before they begin clinical rotations-and this new program is proving effective. Here's how the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University immerses future physicians in health care delivery science.
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August 24, 2015
Stop Wasting Time on 100% Reliability
The term "high reliability" is often misunderstood in health care. "Health care requires reliable processes - that is, processes that function exactly as designed, all of the time. What may come as a surprise to some," writes IHI Senior Fellow Dr. Roger Resar, "is that these processes don't have to be 100 percent reliable."
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August 2015
Systems Change: With Innovation Grant and the Open School, Brody School of Medicine Changes Education
"We want to produce graduates better prepared to work in a rapidly changing health care system that is more focused on quality and safety," says Elizabeth (Libby) Baxley, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the school.
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August 8, 2015
The Changing Face of Medical Education: Big Data, Self-Paced Learning
Two years ago, the American Medical Association said medical education needed a shakeup, citing "gaps between how medical students are trained and how health care is delivered," and put up $11 million to fund experiments in closing those gaps.
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July 14, 2015
Navigating the System Through Patients' Eyes
At 6 a.m. on a Friday, most medical students are donning their white coats and heading to the hospital or a medical office practice to learn how to navigate the health care system through the eyes of physicians. However, the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University had a different idea for their first group of student leaders in a new program-to try navigating the system through the eyes of patients.
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May 20, 2015
This Year's 3 Top Med Ed Priorities
What are the top medical education issues for physicians this year? Hear from a med ed expert about the topics you should keep an eye on.
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April 22, 2015
Brody School of Medicine holds Medical Education Day
People got to see firsthand how the way future medical professionals could change in the future Wednesday at the Brody School of Medicine. It was part of the Brody School of Medicine's first Medical Education Day. The event serves as a showcase of work faculty are working on create new curriculum and teaching methods.
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February 3, 2015
REACH-ING FOR QUALITY - Events mark Brody's School of Medicine was awarded a $1 million grant by the American Medical Association in 2013 to help shape how future doctors are trained, AMA leaders cited the school's reputation for bold innovation.
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September 25, 2014
Med schools preparing students for rapid changes
How will physicians practice medicine in 2050-and how can medical schools train today's students to be prepared? Physician educators tackled this question last month during a special consortium meeting at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, where the 11 medical school recipients of AMA grants discussed how the changes they're making are preparing tomorrow's physicians for the health care system of the future
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September 25, 2014
Med schools preparing students for rapid changes
How will physicians practice medicine in 2050-and how can medical schools train today's students to be prepared? Physician educators tackled this question last month during a special consortium meeting at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, where the 11 medical school recipients of AMA grants discussed how the changes they're making are preparing tomorrow's physicians for the health care system of the future
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September 22, 2014
ECU leaders helping to reshape American medical education
On Sept. 22 and 23, leaders from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University are joining leaders from 10 other top medical schools at Vanderbilt University to discuss next steps in preparing medical students for the changing health care landscape.
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September 3, 2014
How one school is (really) putting the patient first
The first day of medical school is usually filled with praise, platitudes and advice from a variety of medical school faculty, administrative staff and fellow students. But on Brody. 11, the Aug School of Medicine at East Carolina University did something quite unique - the first day of medical school started with the patient.
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April 30, 2014
University Awards Day Ceremony
In the ambition category, recipients were Kristen Harris, academic advisor in the College of Business; and members of the REACH Team at the Brody School of Medicine. REACH stands for Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare. Team members are Dr. Elizabeth Brody, Baxley Academic Affairs and Dr. Brody Lawson, Luan Academic Affairs and Department of Emergency Medicine (team leaders); Brody Crawford, Yancey Academic Affairs; Dr. Herbert Garrison, Graduate Medical Education and Department of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Jason Brody, Department of Pediatrics; Dr. Donna Lake, School of Nursing; Dr. Suzanne Higginson, Public Health and Department of Pediatrics; and Dr. Danielle Walsh, Department of Pediatric Surgery.
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April 1, 2014
COLLABORATIVE CARE - Training brings future doctors, nurses together in clinical simulations
Johnny Jones has high blood pressure and diabetes, conditions often seen by health care providers in eastern North Carolina. But a swollen leg and fever brought him to the hospital. Three nurses and two physicians started their assessment when Jones, who had been coughing non-stop, said he couldn't breathe. "Let's get him some oxygen," a doctor said. "We may have to Lazorick."
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March 25, 2014
intubate WORK - AMA speaks to the future of medical education during visit to ECU
Education for health care professionals in the 21st century must focus on teamwork and interdisciplinary training, individualized learning for students and patient-centered care. That was the message delivered by American Medical Association representatives visiting East Carolina University on March 25.
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March, 2014
Curriculum changes aim to eliminate health care disparities
How should physicians of the future eliminate health care disparities and deliver the best patient care? Some schools are beginning to address this weighty question by focusing on the unique needs of TRANSFORMATIVE populations, workforce diversity and population health.
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February 5, 2014
TEACHERS OF QUALITY: Advanced faculty training to enhance medical education
A group of East Carolina University faculty members will spend the next 12 months exploring ways to educate students about patient safety, quality improvement and team-based care along with new ways of teaching that engage students more actively in their own education.
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February, 2014
Faculty trained to teach team-based care to physicians of tomorrow
A select group of faculty members of the underserved School of Medicine at East Carolina University are embarking on a year-long professional development program designed to develop skills for implementing new practice design.
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January 30, 2014
"We think this is the tipping point" - A year of accelerating change in medical education
A year after its launch, the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative has exceeded expectations in leading partnerships to transform medical education. In the four months since the grant awards began, the AMA's 11 partner schools are implementing new ideas and working together - eager to spread innovation.
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January 27, 2014
First group selected for new faculty training program
A group of East Carolina University faculty members will spend the next 12 months exploring ways to educate students about patient safety, quality improvement and team-based care along with new ways of teaching that engage students more actively in their own education.
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January 22, 2014
New faculty training program aims to transform medical education
A select group of faculty members of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University are embarking on a year-long professional development program designed to develop skills for implementing new practice design and new curricula for today's environment of team-based care.
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June 14, 2014
ACCELERATING CHANGE LINC School of Medicine receives $1 million national award
East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine is one of 11 schools in the nation selected for a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to change the way it educates students while keeping its focus on rural and Brody populations.
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November 09, 2013
Brody to Transform Physician Training
"We are thrilled to learn that the AMA saw the strengths of the Brody proposal and selected it for funding. It is clear that the healthcare system in this country are focusing more on safety, improving care, and improving the experience of care for patients and families. Our medical schools today not only have the imperative to teach the art and science of medical care, but to train our graduates how to work in, and improve, complex health systems. Preparing students to work in teams with other health professionals is a hallmark of the needed changes, as is a better understanding of the "health" of a community and how we can positively impact that."

"It is clear that the healthcare system in this country are focusing more on safety, improving care, and improving the experience of care for patients and families."

"This grant provides Brody, and ECU Division of Health Sciences, with the opportunity to create and test new models of medical education. All students will benefit from the changes we are planning. Additionally, a group of up to 10 students per year will be selected to become Brody Scholars, which stands for Leaders in Innovative Care. These students will do additional course work and lead projects to improve care. At the end of their training, they will have earned a Certificate in Healthcare Transformation and Leadership. Lastly, we know that one of the most significant needs is to provide training for the faculty who will be teaching in this new program. We will recruit interested faculty into a Teachers of Quality Academy, which will provide them with opportunities to learn more about patient safety, quality improvement and team-based care, as well as explore new ways of teaching that engage our students more actively in their own education."