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Brody ranks fourth in grads pursuing family medicine


Dr. Shannon Banks, left, an East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine graduate and third-year resident in family medicine, examines Kate Setzer with Dr. Chelley Alexander, chairwoman of Brody's Department of Family Medicine


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine ranked fourth in the nation for the percentage of its graduates pursuing careers in family medicine. 

Brody has ranked in the top 10 since 2007, and this is the sixth year in a row the American Academy of Family Physicians has listed Brody in the top five. An average of 16.7 percent of Brody graduates have entered family medicine the past three years, according to the AAFP. The national average is 8.7 percent.

Additionally, 55 percent of Brody graduates stay in primary care five years after graduating, the highest percentage in the state.

“This is evidence of our long-standing commitment to provide talented and committed primary care physicians for North Carolina,” ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton said in a news release. “The Brody School of Medicine was legislatively founded on a mission of producing primary care physicians, and we’ve effectively and efficiently delivered on that mission ever since.”

Brody is the only medical school in the Southeast to make the top five this year. Brody also was one of only 11 medical schools nationwide to receive a five-year, $1 million grant in 2013 from the American Medical Association and to join the inaugural group of consortium schools tasked with developing ways to better prepare the nation’s future health care workforce.

North Carolina, like many states, is reporting increasing shortages of primary care doctors in rural and economically depressed areas, according to the news release. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, there were 6,100 counties designated as primary care health professional shortage areas in the United States as of June 19, 2014. That designation means the physician-to-population ratio exceeds the minimum of 1:3,500 considered necessary for adequate access.

The Association of American Medical Colleges consistently ranks Brody better than 90 percent of the nation’s medical schools for graduating physicians who practice in-state, as well as in rural and underserved areas.