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Creighton University School of Medicine

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Introduction

Creighton University, a Jesuit institution, has four health science schools. The School of Medicine was established in 1892. Clinical instruction is carried out in several institutions.

Academics

The education offered in the School of Medicine can be characterized as semimodern. The curriculum is divided into four components.

Component one: The biomedical fundamentals serves as the foundation of the educational program.

Component two: Comprised of more complex basic science information presented in a clinically relevant context consisting of a series of organ-based and disease-based courses.

Component three: Consists of redesigned, required core clerkships emphasizing basic medical principles, primary care, and preventive medicine.

Component four: Provides additional responsibilities for patient care. A 12-week block of critical care medicine and the 24 weeks of electives provide subinternship experience.At least 4 weeks of an implied, in-depth basic science experience is also part of this component.

Clinical experience is a prominent part of the curriculum in all components, beginning with the physical diagnosis instruction in the first year and with students assigned to longitudinal clinics throughout the curriculum. The curriculum also integrates ethical and societal issues into all four components. Instructional methodology utilizes case-based small-group sessions and computer-assisted instruction in all components.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The Office of Minority Affairs coordinates an active recruitment program.

Admissions

The basic premedical science courses and one year of English are required. A course in biochemistry and/or genetics is recommended. There are no restrictions on residence. Transfer and advanced standing: Possible to the second or third year for qualified applicants when spaces are available.

Students

This school uses a Pass/Fail/Honors Evaluation system. Students are evaluated individually against curriculum standards and are not ranked among their peers. A Fail grade will not be accepted for graduation credit. Promotion to the next higher class depends upon a record ofacceptableconductandsatisfactorycompletionofthe entire year’s work with a minimum of Pass in each course.

All students are required to pass Step 1 of the USMLE before promotion into the clinical years of the curriculum and to take Step 2 of the USMLE in their senior year. Successful completion is not required for promotion but is necessary for licensure to practice.

Teaching: Basic medical sciences are taught in the Criss Medical Center. This 3-unit center houses the offices, research facilities, laboratories, lecture halls, extensive television teaching classrooms, and other facilities for Medicine. Saint Joseph Hospital is the principal site for medical instruction. Students also participate in clinical instruction at Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center Behavioral Sciences Center, Children’s Hospital, Omaha Veterans Medical Center, Bergan Mercy Medical Center, and some clinical services at other area hospitals.

Library: The library is part of the Bioinformation Center. Over 200,000 volumes of print and non-print material are available. Access is provided to many bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE, Micromedex, etc.

Housing: The university has limited space in the apartment-style Towers residence hall for families. The Department of Residence Life, 104 Swanson Hall, posts information on rentals in the area of campus. Arrangements are left to individual students.


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