ECU Med School Receives Top Honors

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.


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  • by In response to: in response to Easy U Location: ENC on Jun 22, 2010 at 12:38 AM
    I did go to med school (although not at Easy U). Easy U med school does not even rank in the top 100 med schools in the US. As far as being a "non-educated" fool, the correct term is uneducated (were you an Easy U English major?).
  • by ECU Class of '79 Location: enc on Jun 15, 2010 at 04:37 PM
    Wonder if Leo Jenkins knew just how successful the med school would become. The objective was to get physicians where they were badly needed. Mission accomplished.
  • by Pirate Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    The "haters" are correct. This award is about placement of graduates in the field, not quality of education. However, the ECU Medical School has had consistent U.S. News & World Report top 10 ranking programs in Primary Care, Family Medicine, and Rural Medicine. The U.S. News rankings are based on quality, not quantity.
  • by in response to Easy U on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    Why don't you go to medical school... or at least make an attempt at it before you degrade other people and their education. I wish I could tell you how i really feel, but it would only get deleted :) Have a great day you non-educated fool!
  • by Arod2802 Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Actually Kimo and Easy U no one hear has mentioned the training either. You two did. And the article is not about success, success is relative, but the fact that ECU is trying the hardest is why they're recognized here. The article and research compliments ECU on placing primary care physicians in areas that need them most. Kimo and Easy U, your comments on quality are pointless. ECU places its graduates in specific areas to actually try and serve the community in which it resides. ECU is given credit for trying to making a difference. What use is that Duke or UNC degree if you're not going to address an actual need with it. You two are pathetic, this is a real credit to an institution that serves a part of the state no one else cares enough too. Get a life.
  • by The floodWinterville Location: Winterville on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    And there it is. It took a whole 8 comments before the ignorant haters decided to show up. The article could say we had the most grads with the highest success rate in their professional lives and be at the forefront of every research possibility and there would still be those that come up with some convoluted way to hate ECU or "discredit" the study. People like Easy U and Kimo show they have no class and no brain with the nonsense comments they have posted here.
  • by Gene Location: New Jersey on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM
    Way to go ECU. I was actually at the doctors office today and she told me about the story and how proud she was of ECU even though she graduated from Wake. It is always nice to see universities from my home state making news. ECU, Duke, Wake Forest and UNC all have fine schools of medicine. Keep up the good work all!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM
    To Kim,( from Belhaen?) EasyU, and Dave.. If it weren't for ECU and the Medical School places like Belhaen sic, Wilson and a lot of ENC would have dried up. When I went to ECU ( in the 70s) the economic drivers were tobacco, textiles and manufacturing. In addition, as a Realtor, can say the the proximity of ECU and The Medical School are part of the reason why people relocate here. Back to Dave's comment of the condition of the medical school facilities, he is right...UNC-CH fought very hard to deny ENC/ECU the Medical School...and he is right that the current condition of the facility is outdated.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaen on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    A lot of people need to go back and reread the article. It says ECU is recognized for trying to train and then place primary care doctors. No where could I find the degree of success they have had. Is this another one of those things where everybody who "plays" gets a trophy no matter who wins?? Say after me... M..I..C..K..E..Y........
  • by Easy U Location: ENC on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    READ the article! EASY U ranks in the top 10 with respect to the number of graduates that go into primary care. It says NOTHING about the quality of the education or how well trained its graduates are.
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