Creighton University gets $25M donation for new program

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University has received a $25 million donation from an unnamed foundation to create a program at its medical school for students interested in addressing poverty and improving health care in other countries.

Creighton President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson said the program will begin in fall 2022. He said 12 medical students will be selected every year for 10 years to participate and they will remain in the program throughout medical school.

The program will help train Creighton medical students in global care and also is a way to expand the medical expertise of those who provide health care on a daily basis in the low-income nations that will be part of the program. The countries that will be the focus of the program haven’t been determined yet.

Each student in the program will visit the same international location three times during their education.

Creighton Board Chairman Mike McCarthy said a doctor can make a significant difference by treating patients in low-income countries, but he can make an even bigger impact by training health care workers in those countries.

“One person can impact the lives of thousands,” McCarthy said.