School of Medicine Fact Sheets

Fast Facts

Established
1892

Dean
Robert Dunlay, MD'81

Enrollment
640 medical students
500 residents
59 fellows

Faculty
708 Omaha and Phoenix campuses 

About the School of Medicine

Students in the School of Medicine are exceptional

  • There were 6,376 applicants for 167 openings for the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Graduates’ medical licensing scores and pass rates consistently exceed the national average
  • 100% perform community service while in medical school
  • Two Creighton-affiliated, student-run clinics — Magis Clinic in Omaha and St. Vincent DePaul in Phoenix — offer services at no charge to those in need

And they receive an extraordinary education at Creighton

  • We were the 1st Catholic university to receive the prestigious Community Service Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • 11 clinical departments; 5 basic science departments; 20 residency programs; 13 fellowship programs
  • 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
  • 96% of 2019 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 partnered to create 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
  • Creighton is constructing a new health sciences campus in Phoenix — expanding existing relationships, providing new opportunities for our students, and meeting a critical need for health care professionals in the Southwest

Our faculty and research are world-renowned

  • Research awards for the most recent fiscal year totaled $10.6 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 6,400 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