Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, has announced a $25 million gift from a foundation that wishes to remain anonymous in support of a global medical scholars program aimed at improving the health and well-being of people living in poverty.
The Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program will make it possible for program participants to earn a medical degree while working alongside international healthcare workers and Creighton faculty on multiyear projects designed to address significant global health challenges. Named for the founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Rev. Pedro Arrupe, the program will support twelve students a year, over ten years, enrolled in medical programs on ithe university's Omaha or Phoenix campus. Scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022, the program also will pair Creighton faculty with in-country healthcare workers to address local clinical education needs and design and advance public health programs that strengthen the knowledge and skills of local providers.
"Creighton is known for producing physicians committed to the Jesuit value of caring for the whole patient — mind, body, and spirit. Our graduates then go on to careers in which service for and with others is central to their practices," said Michael Kavan, associate dean for student affairs at the Creighton University School of Medicine. "The Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program will build upon this foundation in forming future doctors who consciously and compassionately care for some of the world's most vulnerable populations."