The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, located in the Health Sciences Center in Greenville, was founded in 1977. The school has a focus of training future general clinic physicians, in keeping with the tradition that started the school – to increase the medical care available to residents in the area.
Since it’s founding, the school has developed nine residency programs, and now offers Ph.D. degrees in several subjects. There are small class sizes and dedicated faculty, making it an ideal place to gain a medical education. Brody also operates a clinic for the citizens of North Carolina and leads the way in medical research.
This is a four-year traditional medical school. During the first year, in addition to the introductory basic sciences of anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology, courses in microbiology, genetics, psychosocial basis of medical practice, medical ethics, and a primary care preceptorship are offered. The 2-year clinical skills course begins early in the first semester.
Second year: In addition to the advanced basic sciences of immunology, pathology, and pharmacology, coursesare offered in substance abuse, human sexuality, clinical pathophysiology, and social issues in medicine. Primary care preceptorships and the clinical skills course continue throughout the second year.
Third year: There are 6 major clinical rotations that last 8 weeks each, and together include at least 10 weeks of ambulatory experience.
Fourth year: There are 36 weeks of clinical and basic science selectives. Of these, 2 months must be spent in primary care, and 1 month each in a surgical selective and an internal medicine selective.
The school provides nine residency programs focusing on:
- Family Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
- Psychiatric Medicine
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
In addition, Ph.D. degrees are offered in:
- Anatomy and Cell Biology
- Microbiology and Immunology
Only the basic pre-medical science courses and 1 year of English are required. A second year of English and humanities/social science courses are recommended.
A strong preference is given to qualified residents of North Carolina since the school’s main purpose is to educate future physicians who will want to practice in this state. The school seeks qualified students from a variety of backgrounds who have diverse personalities. Thus in the selection process the intellectual, personal, and social characteristics of each applicant are considered. These features are reflected in data such as: college record, MCAT scores, and letters of recommendation/evaluation.This information is supplemented by the impression gained from two personal interviews, conducted at the medical school campus by two members of the Admissions Committee.
Transfer and advanced standing: Considered only if vacant positions exist.
Students interested in Financial Aid need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Since these are medical students that already have an undergraduate degree and are therefore older, only the student’s income will be considered in the application process. Students will receive an awards package, based on a calculation of cost and need, containing federal student loans, and institutional grants and scholarships.
Brody Scholars Program
The winners of this prestigious award receive full tuition and fees, and most living expenses for the complete four years of medical school.
The school does not provide housing on campus, but will assist students in finding suitable housing in the Greenville area.
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