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Health Disparities Fellowship

Creighton University School of Medicine – Phoenix’s fellowship program in Health Disparities is ready to welcome you to the desert southwest. 

This one-year fellowship program is considered non-Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (non-ACGME). Currently, our program recruits for 1 positions each year. 

About the Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed in sharp relief the impact of failing to prepare for and respond to broad, unaddressed health inequities and adequate access to care for a growing, underserved population. Creighton University School of Medicine - Phoenix Health Disparities fellowship provides the opportunity for participants to grow in their training at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a broad-scale, human services organization with a 75-year history in Arizona and a commitment to provide critical services, including access to quality healthcare for the most vulnerable in the community.

This one-year fellowship program is considered non-Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (non-ACGME). Currently, our program recruits for 1 position each year. 

Creighton and SVdP seek a servant-physician to serve as the inaugural Virginia G. Piper Fellow in Health Disparities, who will work to provide high quality healthcare to uninsured, underserved patients and to decrease healthcare disparities through continued research, training, and teaching at the Piper Medical Clinic at SVdP. This one-year fellowship is designed for providers who wish to develop and contribute to research, teaching and clinical service specifically focused on promoting health equity and to learn more about providing care to this patient population.

The Fellow will gain knowledge and experience in translating the concepts of health equity and health disparities into clinical practice and research. Fellows will learn from experts in the fields of medical education, research, public health, and healthcare policy. With the support of mentors, coaches and staff, the Fellow will conduct a health equity research project and contribute to the analysis and evaluation of the Piper Medical Clinic at SVdP to demonstrate their achievement of learning objectives and advance the progress of the Piper Medical Clinic at SVdP and the Creighton University School of Medicine collaboration.


Why Health Equity Fellowship?

Health equity is both a foundational and elusive concept. It is foundational, because it speaks to the idea of fairness for individuals and populations in realizing the benefits of public health and healthcare. It is elusive because advantaged populations receive more and better public health and healthcare, while less advantaged groups receive less – and live shorter lives, as a result. Fellows seek to bridge the health equity gap and realize better health outcomes for all.


Randy Richardson

Randy R. Richardson, MD

David Wisinger

David B. Wisinger, MD

Additional Faculty

  • Ricardo Correa, MD, Healthcare Disparities Program Director
  • National Invite Speakers


Fellowship Objectives

  • Healthcare Disparities - Develop comprehensive knowledge of fundamental issues related to health disparities, including racism and inequity of opportunity in the health workforce.
  • Combat Inequity - Study and apply strategic interventions to address inequities in health and healthcareer opportunities that confront organizations, communities, and societies.
  • Form Servant Leaders - Build and leverage individual leadership skills to enhance personal effectiveness leading change in organizations and communities.
  • Create a Network - Catalyze the growth of a regional network of leaders, committed to health equity that will improve health outcomes in Maricopa County.
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Our Fellows

Anita Chacko

Anita Chacko, MD


Applying for our Fellowship

Program Requirements

  • Fellows must make a minimum 12-month commitment to participate in the fellowship
  • Fellows should complete their training for license (for physicians: a residency, for other healthcare providers: the requirements for that area)
  • The fellowship will be based at the St. Vincent de Paul Piper Medical Clinic and rotate through specialty clinics to build their knowledge on equity and disparities

Applications should be sent to the program director, Ricardo Correa, at

Application Requirements

  • Personal Statement outlining your interest, experience, and career goals and objectives
  • CV
  • Letter of good standing from your residency program director or department chair

The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance 

In 2017, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (SJHMC), Creighton University (CUSOM), Valleywise Health, and District Medical Group (DMG) joined forces to form the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. The Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance supports Creighton University School of Medicine - Phoenix Graduate Medical Education by providing strategic, financial and operational resources.