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School of Medicine Newsletter - March 2011

March 2011
Dean's Message
Creighton University School of Medicine has earned a national reputation for high-quality patient care, boasting great teachers and faculty with research programs of international renown. Surveys of our graduates and their residency directors indicate that Creighton-educated physicians continue to be recognized for extraordinary clinical skills, communication, empathy and cultural competence.
Last year, more than 5,000 applicants vied for 152 first-year seats in the School of Medicine despite the significant cost of a private medical education. While Creighton’s tuition is comparable to other private medical schools, 98 percent of last year’s 2010 graduating class had medical school debt and the average debt per graduate was the highest of all medical schools in the United States -- $206,426.
Why? Because Creighton admits deserving students to medical school based on ability, not ability to pay, and most must borrow to finance their medical education. Their debt encumbers them well beyond their medical school years and limits career choices following graduation.
Our medical students need additional scholarship monies to offset their heavy debt load. Our goal is to raise sufficient medical school endowment to provide $3.96 million in annual scholarship support for our students. This will reduce their debt load, placing it below the national average of debt for students who attend private medical schools, and guarantee that talented students interested in a medical education based on Jesuit, Catholic values can attend without incurring unmanageable debt.
Less debt would also allow graduates to pursue mission-driven careers as primary care physicians in underserved rural and urban communities and international sites delivering service to others.

We need your help in endowing these scholarships. Creighton’s legacy of leadership in medical education must extend to helping the next generation of Creighton physicians. I assure you, these young professionals – and the ideals and ethics they will bring to their practices – are worthy of your support.
To learn more about making a gift in support of the medical school scholarship endowment, please contact Michon Marcil Abts, 402.280.1138,
Thank you, alumni.

-- Rowen Zetterman, M.D.
Heaney chair inaugurated
Former interim vice president of health sciences, vice president of research and medical school faculty member Robert P. Heaney, BS'47, MD'51, (above) addresses those gathered for the inauguration of the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Liturgical Pastoral Theology at Creighton. Dr. Heaney and his family endowed the chair in honor of his late wife, psychiatrist Barbara Reardon Heaney, MD'51. The chair will ensure high-quality teaching and research on the undergraduate and graduate levels and facilitate a deeper understanding of the role of pastoral liturgy in faith.
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Alumni news
elected president
John P. Curtin, BS'75, MD'79, of the New York University School of Medicine, was elected the 43rd president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists at its 42nd Annual Meeting, March 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.
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School News
Tobacco funding
Over the past nine years, medical researchers in Nebraska have turned $106 million from a court settlement with tobacco companies into $959 million in health research funding.
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Women & heart disease
Although often thought to be primarily a man's disease, heart disease annually kills more women than men. Tami Warn, APRN, of Creighton's Cardiac Center speaks out about the No. 1 killer of women and men.
Watch the Video
Birthday colonoscopy 
Omaha World-Herald reporter Chris Burbach did not let fear of unpleasantness stand in the way of his getting a colonoscopy at the Creighton University Medical Center on the occasion of his 50th birthday.
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health disparities
Infant mortality and what can be done to lessen disparities that contribute to a higher incidence among ethnic populations will be the subject of an April 9 conference at Creighton. Registration is required.
More Information (PDF)
Student news

Match day suspense
Creighton's fourth-year medical students learned on March 17 where they will pursue their graduate medical educations during the 2011 Match Day ceremony.
Watch this television report

Research awards
Creighton students walked away with eight of 16 research awards -- including three first-place awards -- at the Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum held Feb. 19 at Creighton.
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in service

Helping the homeless
As part of the hospital food drive, School of Medicine house staff raised $4,359 (or more than 4.5 tons of canned goods) for the Siena Francis House homeless shelter.
Visit the Siena Francis House website

Join the cause
Creighton University Medical Center President and CEO Gary Honts invites Omaha-area alumni to join the American Heart Association walk on May 21 at Omaha's Aksarben Village.
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Faculty news

Teacher & motivator
When Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., annually meets with the new officers of the Creighton Student National Medical Association, she tells them to come prepared with goals.
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Professor Emeritus
Ray Gaines, BS'54, MD'58, F.A.C.S., who taught at Creighton for 37 years and died on Oct. 29, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Professor Emeritus of Surgery.
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Time travel

64 years ago...
In May of 1947, the School of Medicine gained national attention with an experiment in televised surgery. Creighton was the third medical school in the country to televise surgery.
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