ECU Match Day 2007

The Brody School of Medicine class of 2007 (58 students) was accepted into 38 institutions in 21 states, in 16 specialties on Match Day, 2007. The Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital will be home to 11 class members and 25 graduates will stay in North Carolina. On average, states keep 47.6 percent of residents they train, according to the Association for American Medical Colleges. That nearly half the class is staying in North Carolina "speaks highly to our students' commitment to the health and welfare of the citizens of our state," said Dr. Randall Renegar, assistant dean for student affairs at ECU.

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is again ranked among the top medical schools that emphasize primary care, according to the annual listing of the best professional schools by U.S. News & World Report magazine. ECU is sixth among primary care schools, the same as last year. ECU also leads the ranked primary care medical schools with 63 percent of its graduates entering primary care, defined by U.S. News as family practice, pediatrics and internal medicine.

ECU Primary Care - 2007

Family Medicine - 19%

Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine - 2%

Internal Medicine - 17%

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics - 7%

Pediatrics - 3%

Medicine-Preliminary - 5%

Obstetrics-Gynecology - 10%

Total Primary Care - 63%  

Before they can provide direct patient care, U.S. medical school graduates are required to complete a three- to seven-year residency program accredited in a recognized medical specialty. Medical students at the nation's 125 medical schools learned their destinations on Match Day, March 15, 2007.

The National Residency Match Program, a private, not-for-profit organization, provides a method for matching applicants for residency positions in the United States with residency programs at various teaching hospitals. Applicants and hospitals rank each other in order of preference, and a computer matches them based upon those rankings.

According to the NRMP, the number of available residency positions this year was the highest in match history. This year, 27,944 applicants vied for one of the 21,845 first-year residency positions available; 15,206 of these applicants were U.S. medical school seniors. Other applicants included previous graduates of U.S. medical schools, U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen international medical graduates, and osteopathic doctors.

Of the 14,201 U.S. medical school seniors who matched to a residency position this year (93 percent of all seniors who applied), 84 percent matched to one of their top three choices, the NRMP said.

ECU's incoming residents have matched to a wonderful school of medicine and regional hospital, Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital, with first class facilities that are continually growing. Construction is currently under way for the new $60 million cardiac research and treatment center at East Carolina University. The institute is designed to be a world-class cardiovascular center offering state-of-the-art medical technology, education and research. In addition to ECU's research and treatment facility that will be across from the Brody Outpatient Center, Pitt County Memorial Hospital is building a $150 million, 120-bed cardiovascular center on the east side of the hospital. The facilities should open in 2008. The future is bright for new residents at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.