Brody School of Medicine at ECU
School of Medicine Overview
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University represents over four decades of desire and dedicated service by university officials, community physicians, local business and governmental leaders, and state legislators. Originally committed to expanding opportunities for medical education in North Carolina and improving health care delivery to state residents, the school’s clinical services, degree programs and research activities have grown well beyond original expectations since it opened its doors to the first twenty-eight students in 1977. The Brody School of Medicine is now recognized as the country’s most successful medical school in terms of meeting its mission of training primary care physicians, providing access to minority and disadvantaged medical students and improving the health of the people of our region.
Today, 323 medical students and 88 doctoral students are enrolled and over 300 physicians participate in residency and fellowship programs. In addition to the M.D. programs, Ph.D. programs are offered in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology, and interdisciplinary biological sciences. Accredited residency programs include: dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatric medicine, and surgery.
School of Medicine Facilities
The Brody Medical Sciences Building is the center of the School of Medicine’s education, service, and research programs. Opened in 1982 and expanded in 1990, this nine-story 489,000 square-foot facility houses the basic and clinical science departments, and has several conference rooms, well-equipped laboratories, and a 525-seat auditorium in addition to classrooms and administrative offices. The Brody Outpatient Center is located on the first floor of the Brody Building and was renovated in 1998. Offices at this location include endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, and rheumatology.
The Biotechnology Center, completed in 1988, provides specialized areas to accommodate the advanced instrumentation requirements of biotechnology, as well as additional office and laboratory space for faculty involved in molecular biology and genetics research. The program provides core research facilities for: flow cytometry (analytical and sorting); amino acid and protein analysis; automated peptide sequencing and synthesis; manual DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; x-ray developing; monoclonal antibody services; access to computerized international molecular biology databases and analysis programs; access to computerized molecular modeling; and a discount molecular biology enzyme and reagent stock service.
Children’s outpatient clinics are housed in the ground floor of the biotechnology building. The Pediatric Outpatient Center accommodates the school’s many specialty and general health clinics for infants, children, and adolescents.
The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, opened in 1985, is a 39,000 square-foot facility located between the Brody Medical Sciences Building and Vidant Medical Center. The center houses treatment services in radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, medical oncology and hematology, pediatric hematology and oncology, and surgical oncology. The center enables area physicians to administer the full spectrum of treatment and ensures that its patients have access to state-of-the-art techniques and national treatment protocols. The Center also supports basic science, clinical and epidemiological research into the causes and treatment of cancer, and sponsors educational programs about cancer for health professionals, patients, and the general public.
The addition of the 8,700 square foot Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Gamma Knife Center introduced a sophisticated imaging tool to aid physicians in the diagnosis of certain diseases. MRI scans provide strikingly clear images of the human anatomy without surgery, pain or exposure to ionizing radiation. The Center includes rooms for patient reception, counseling, film developing, offices and operations.
The Family Medicine Center has 58 exam rooms with areas for x-rays and minor procedures as well as a large pharmacy. Designed as a model clinic for Family Medicine practitioners, it serves an educational as well as a health care delivery purpose. In addition to standard family practice services, the Center also provides physical therapy and sports medicine services. The Monk Geriatric Center is also housed in the Family Medicine Center and provides specialized care for patients 62 years of age and older.
The Edward N. Warren Life Sciences Building, a 60,000 square foot facility, was dedicated in 1999. The building provides researchers laboratory space to house their equipment and conduct research as well as providing comfortable housing for research animals. The facility also includes operating rooms for experimental procedures, a cardiac catheterization lab, classrooms, and seminar rooms.
The William E. Laupus Health Services Library was founded in 1969 and serves the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, and the Colleges of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. In 2006, the Laupus Library moved to its present location in the Health Sciences Building. The four-story, 72,000 sf facility contains 158,457 bound volumes and offers over 8,700 journals in print and electronic formats. In addition to major printed resources, the Library also provides an extensive collection of slides, videocassettes, audiotapes, and models. Computer assisted instructional programs are also available in the library’s computer laboratory. The library’s catalog is on-line and many of the HSL resources can be assessed remotely through the internet.
Other facilities include: 1) 517 Moye Medical Center – surgery services, adult and pediatric health care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and dermatology; 2) 521 Moye Medical Center – general internal medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonary and critical care practices, and a sleep disorders center; 3) The Children’s Developmental Services Agency – services for children less than 3 years of age with developmental disabilites; 4) Neurosurgical and Spine Center – treatment of disorders related to the brain or spine, musculoskeletal and spine clinic; 5) ECU Physicians MRI Center; 6) ECU Women’s Physicians – women’s health care, fertility services, and prenatal care; 7) Family Autism Center – services for pediatric patients; 8) Firetower Medical Office – family medical care, minor emergencies, sudden illnesses; 9) Infectious Diseases and Tropical/Travel Medicine – vaccinations, medications, and safety education for international travelers; 10) Nephrology and Hypertension Center – treatment of kidney disease or related conditions including high blood pressure; 11) Neurology Services Center; 12) Pain Management Center – treatment of acute or chronic pain; 13) Pediatric Specialty Care – advanced subspecialty care including complex and chronic conditions, diabetes, healthy weight programs; 14) Psychiatric Medicine – care for all types of mental conditions including depression, childhood mental illnesses, PTSD; 15) Rehabilitation Physician Clinics – workplace injuries, brain injuries, adaptive equipment; and 16) Wound Healing Center – advanced care for recovery from sores, lesions, other tissue disorders.
For more information contact:
Dr. Paul R.G. Cunningham, Dean
Brody School of Medicine
Brody Medical Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4354
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