The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University was ranked among the nation’s top five medical schools again this year for the high percentage of its graduates pursuing careers in family medicine.

The American Academy of Family Physicians calculates the annual rankings by averaging the percentages of each school’s graduates who entered family medicine residency programs over the past three years. 

Brody ranked fourth on this year’s list, which is published in the October issue of Family Medicine, the journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. 

This year, ECU’s medical school is the only one in the Southeast to make the top five – where it has now stayed for six consecutive years. Brody has been ranked in the top 10 since 2007. No other North Carolina medical school has made the top 10 during that time period.

An average of 16.7 percent of ECU medical graduates began training in family medicine over the past three years, according to AAFP calculations. 

“This is evidence of our long-standing commitment to provide talented and committed primary care physicians for North Carolina,” said Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, Brody’s senior associate dean for academic affairs. 

“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,” Baxley said. 

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