As the need for primary care doctors is on the rise, The Medical School at East Carolina University ranks in the top 10 nationally for its efforts to train primary-care doctors and place them in the rural and poverty-stricken communities where they are needed most.
According the News and Observer, The same ranking, conducted by scientists at George Washington University and published Tuesday in the Journal Annals of Internal Medicine, places Duke University's Medical school in the bottom 20.
UNC-Chapel Hill was in the middle of the ranking of what the researchers defined as a social mission, while Wake Forest University lagged in the lower third.
Medical schools are under pressure to graduate more primary-care doctors, but the practitioners are typically paid less than surgeons and other specialists. Plus, many medical students are steered to other more lucrative fields.