Marking 125 Years of Medicine: ‘Our Finest Years Are Ahead’

Marking 125 Years of Medicine: ‘Our Finest Years Are Ahead’

I have a deep sense of gratitude as we celebrate great success, and yet I believe, with all of the changes and opportunities ahead of us, that we should view this year – our 125th anniversary – as a second founding of the Creighton University School of Medicine.

What does this mean?
We believe medicine is a sacred calling, and our Ignatian values guide the formation of our students for lifetimes of professional, emotional and spiritual growth. Cura personalis, care for the entire patient, springs from our own gratitude and calls us to a spirit of generosity. Living our call to faith that does justice puts the Creighton family in solidarity with those most in need. We must ensure that every human being, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, ideology or social standing, has the opportunity to develop his or her God-given gifts. Magis, the more or the extra effort, drives us to excellence in the service of others, especially advocacy for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Creighton physicians recognize that health care inequity is immoral and unethical.

Our learners come from all over the world to join the Creighton family, and our faculty live our mission every day in the way they treat patients and students. We have developed and expanded new clinical partnerships that support the mission of the Creighton University School of Medicine. Our Jesuit, Catholic identity is at the core of the most extensive curriculum revision in the history of our medical school. Our scientists are very highly ranked, compared to our peers, in scholarly productivity and the impact rating of their work. We have laid a strong foundation for the future.

Now, more than ever, our world needs the type of physician formed by the Creighton University School of Medicine. We cannot rest. Our vision statement challenges us to greatness in the service of others:

         “United by our Jesuit, Catholic identity, we transform learners into exceptional physicians who are leaders in advancing medicine, health and well-being.”

Happy birthday, School of Medicine. Our finest years are ahead of us. 

Bo Dunlay, MD’81
Dean of Medicine