ECU's school of medicine gets $1 million grant

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - The American Medical Association has awarded a $1 million grant to East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.

Only 11 schools in the country received the money, which is aimed at improving education while focusing on rural and under-served populations, according to a statement from ECU.

The American Medical Association announced the winners on Friday at its annual meeting in Chicago. ECU will receive the funding over five years through the AMA's $11 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education Initiative.

"This grant provides Brody and the ECU Division of Health Sciences with the opportunity to create and test new models of medical education. All students will benefit from the changes we are planning," said Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor of family medicine in the Brody School of Medicine.

According to ECU, the grant will allow up to 10 students each year to be selected to become Leaders in Innovative Care Scholars (LINC). These students will complete additional course work and lead projects to improve care.

The grant will also allow  training for faculty members to teach the new program.

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