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Mini Medical School Programs

Mini Medical School offers young people from underrepresented groups in our community the opportunity to interact with Creighton medical students and learn about medical education and careers.

Understanding the Path to Medical School and Healthcare Careers

As part of Creighton's continued mission toward a more inclusive and diverse medical education, we developed the Mini Medical School Program.

The program aims to open opportunities to a population that is often overlooked for generational advancement: 4th-12th grade first-generation, rural, Native American, allies in diversity and inclusion and underrepresented students.

Through Mini Medical School students and their parents learn about careers in the health field and the process of applying to medical school.

Two students examining sample in medical school room.

Who Should Attend?

Mini Medical School (MMS) sessions are open to students whose parents have never completed a four-year degree at an American accredited institution of higher education as well as underrepresented in medicine (URM), underserved (rural), Latinx, and Native American students.

At least one parent or legal guardian must attend the session. Parents or legal guardians will participate in a separate parent program.

Interested in STEM?
We also offer MMS for young women interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Become an Ally.
If a student does not identify with any of the above groups, the student can participate as an ally in diversity and inclusion.

Mini Medical School inspires students to consider medical professions

Classroom brain study.
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We aim at inspiring our students to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more in their respective journeys of life.
— Ronn Johnson, PhD, Sr. Associate Dean, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Features of the Program for Parents and Students

We complement the Mini Medical School Programs with parent and adult-oriented curriculums through engaging and thoughtful presentations and educational panels about college admissions, finances and the career-building advantage of higher education.

Every student, family member and participant of our Mini Medical School Programs is matched with a current Creighton University health sciences student who acts as their mentor.

Creighton is committed to supporting the current needs of the populations within our surrounding community—both in Omaha and in Phoenix.

Students gathered in group to discuss their learning.

Our Creighton Medical Students

Our students are genuinely excited to get to know families and answer questions. Sharing resources and discussing medical education helps our medical students become community leaders who can be resources in their future communities.

The Mini Medical School Program welcomes the participation of all medical students, and their active involvement will be greatly appreciated. Your participation in this program will now count toward the 1.5 required credits for Gold Selective during your M1 and M2 years.

Building an Inclusive Network

One of the significant benefits of our Mini Medical School Programs is connecting with various leaders in academic peer groups, schools, institutions and counselors.

Most junior high and high school teachers can easily identify students who have already discovered a possible career path. Connecting with these professionals and building a relationship with students allows us to offer aid and support early, especially to underserved populations.

You guys did an amazing job! Creighton has the best medical students. Your love for the career truly shines.
— Parent Participant