The way East Carolina University’s medical students serve the communities of North Carolina is earning international recognition for the Brody School of Medicine.

Brody is one of seven schools globally to receive a 2016 Aspire to Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in education at medical, dental and veterinary schools. The award is distributed under the Association for Medical Education in Europe, and will be presented at the organization’s conference in Spain in August.  

The award is given in four categories, and Brody was honored in the social accountability category for emphasizing training in primary care settings in local practices throughout its students’ four years. 

The Brody School of Medicine is nationally recognized for preparing primary care physicians who practice in medically underserved communities. All those admitted are North Carolina residents and the majority of its graduates practice primary care in North Carolina.

“We’re ecstatic about this award,” said Dr. Robert Carroll, associate dean for medical student education, who prepared and submitted the application with the help of his colleagues. “It helps to validate a lot of the things we’re doing here.” 

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