School of Medicine Fact Sheets

Fast Facts


Robert Dunlay, MD'81


308 faculty members

About the School of Medicine

Students in the School of Medicine are exceptional

  • There were 6,770 applicants for 154 openings (152 MD and 2 MD/PhD) for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Graduates' medical licensing scores and pass rates consistently exceed the national average
  • 100% perform community service while in medical school
  • Students founded and run the Magis Medical Clinic, which provides free health care for uninsured and underinsured people

And they receive an extraordinary education at Creighton

  • Graduate satisfaction is consistently above the national average; 93% of recent graduates were pleased with the quality of their Creighton medical education
  • We were the 1st Catholic university to receive the prestigious Community Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • 10 distinguished fellowship programs include: allergy/immunology; cardiology; child psychiatry; colon rectal surgery; endocrinology; family medicine-obstetrics; gastroenterology; infectious disease; interventional cardiology; and pulmonary/critical care
  • Our Center of Excellence for Physician Information for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a national model for educating physicians about drug abuse and addiction
  • 94% of 2016 graduates matched with their specialties of choice

With outstanding clinical educational opportunities

  • Our primary clinical partner, CHI Health, has 15 hospitals throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa, including the 2 campuses of CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center
  • Creighton and CHI Health are creating a one-of-a-kind academic medical center that includes:
    • An ambulatory center near Creighton with primary, secondary and emergency care that stresses community health, wellness and health promotion
    • Inpatient services and Level 1 trauma in central Omaha
  •  Our regional campus in Phoenix at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is the only Catholic medical school campus west of Omaha

Our faculty and research are world-renowned

  • Research awards for the most recent academic year totaled nearly $13.9 million
  • The medical school is an international leader in hereditary cancer and osteoporosis
  • Other outstanding programs include infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, nutrition/metabolism and neuroscience
  • A landmark study conducted at Creighton suggests that boosting vitamin D3 intake can
    significantly reduce risk of breast and other cancers
  • Researchers in biomedical sciences, medical microbiology/immunology and pharmacology are
    making discoveries in atherosclerosis, bacterial resistance, cancer, hearing restoration, brain
    injury, bone growth/bone loss and more

And our more than 5,700 alumni live out Creighton?s mission of excellence

Just a few School of Medicine alumni who have made a difference include:

  • Walter Bloedorn, MD 1909 (1886-1978), dean of George Washington University medical school, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and president of the National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Park Gerald MD'47, (1921-1993), genetics research and medical informatics pioneer, developer of Harvard University's genetics program
  • Mary Kratoska, MD'77, certified diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the first female physician to open a private obstetrics and gynecology practice in Omaha