In the spring of 1977, after twelve years of planning and preliminary accreditations, East Carolina University was approved for the enrollment of its first four-year medical class. Approval was granted by the joint accrediting agency of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The first class of twenty-eight students will begin on the Greenville campus in August 1977. The curriculum will emphasize family practice. Dr. William E. Laupus is the dean of the East Carolina University School of Medicine.