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ECU Ranks in Top Ten of Primary Care Medical Schools

Greenville, NC (March 15, 2011) - The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University ranks among the top medical schools in the country that emphasize primary care, according to the annual listing of the top graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

ECU is 10th overall among primary care schools this year. In the rural medicine subcategory, the school ranks seventh. ECU also sent the seventh-highest percentage of its graduates, 54.3 percent, into primary care residencies between 2008 and 2010. U.S. News defines primary care as family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine.

"The even better news is that the majority of our physicians still practice right here in North Carolina," said Dr. Paul Cunningham, dean of the medical school. "This is the very best return on the state's investment that I can imagine."

Also at ECU, the rehabilitation counseling graduate program in the College of Allied Health Sciences was ranked the 13th among such programs.

The U.S. News rankings of U.S. professional and graduate schools will be available on newsstands Tuesday, April 5. In medicine, the magazine considered the 126 accredited U.S. medical schools and 20 schools of osteopathic medicine.

This year, the University of Washington again was rated the top primary care school. Harvard University ranked first among medical schools that emphasize research.

Rankings for primary care schools are based on a weighted average of seven indicators, four of them common for research- and primary care-focused schools. The primary care model also considered the number of graduates entering primary care residencies.

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