In a healthy sign for the state’s future supply of primary care doctors, 69 percent of last year’s graduates of ECU’s Brody School of Medicine chose residencies in that field of medicine, according to a UNC Board of Governors annual report released early this year.
Sending 49 of the 73 members of its Class of 2012 into likely careers in primary care medicine satisfies a long-standing policy objective set for ECU’s medical school by the N.C. General Assembly. A 1993 state law addressing North Carolina’s chronic shortage of primary care doctors said Brody should aim for 60 percent of its graduates choosing residencies in that field. Primary care is defined as family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology.
ECU did not achieve the 60 percent goal in the three previous years. However, it has exceeded the goal 13 times in the past 22 years, and achieved a high of 77 percent choosing primary care in 2005, according to data tracked by the Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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