Message from the Associate Dean

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office is under the leadership of Joann Porter, MD, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Officer at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Porter is responsible for the institutional oversight and ensuring compliance with the continually evolving ACGME requirements for sponsoring institutions, including the competencies and the educational outcomes for all residents and fellows. In addition, she is responsible for working with the CHI Creighton University Medical Center president, Mr. Kevin Nokels; the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Devin Fox; and the Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Cary Reimers, to ensure an optimal clinical learning environment that achieves safe and high quality patient care and trains residents and fellows in understanding how to always work with the health care system to sustain this environment.

Message from Joann Porter, MD

The School of Medicine was founded in 1892 by John A. Creighton, who wanted to train “a different kind of physician”: one who is clinically excellent, but who also also sees medicine as a sacred calling and as a privileged opportunity to serve humanity. Creighton University School of Medicine embraces that same vision today, and has a national reputation for producing top-notch clinicians who have that “something extra” that sets them apart.

Creighton’s School of Medicine creates an environment where our graduates go out to their communities knowing how to make a difference every day. Creighton does this through a culture that emphasizes community service, teamwork, work-life balance, mentorship, and teaching with Ignatian pedagogy and values. In addition, Creighton is the only university in the nation to host all the major health sciences programs (dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy) on a single campus. Creighton also offers an Emergency Medical Services training program and graduate programs in biomedical sciences, clinical ethics, public health, and social work.

Creighton Graduate Medical Education contributes to the value of its partners, CHI Health, in the well-researched ways graduate medical education has been shown to help the hospitals and clinics they are based in. Studies that utilize risk adjusted data have shown that even though patients at a major teaching care hospital are sicker than other hospitals that the quality of process of care for those patients is better, patients are 19% less likely to die and patient satisfaction is not affected adversely. The reasons that care is safer in a major academic hospital despite having sicker patients are because of the following reasons: the attending physicians spend more time with the patients care daily, the patients case is reviewed multiple times a day by multiple levels of trainees and a teaching hospital recruits a different quality of nurses who have specific skills that contribute to the quality of care. Health care workers value working in a teaching environment because it keeps them up to date, their jobs are more interesting and less routine, and they contribute more value to the health care system.

Joann Porter, MD
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
ACGME Designated Institutional Officer