At a time when the nation faces a shortage of primary care physicians, the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville is being recognized as one of the top producers of family physicians in the nation.
The American Academy of Family Physicians Top 10 Award annually honors medical schools that - during a consecutive three-year period - graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.
This is the eighth consecutive year of recognition for ECU's medical school, according to Department of Family Medicine records.
Brody ranked fifth on this year's list, reflecting an average of 18.6 percent of ECU medical students entering family medicine during the last three years. No other North Carolina medical school received the award.
Between 1999 and 2009, East Carolina sent a higher percentage of its medical graduates into training as family physicians than any other school in the country.