Phoenix - School of Medicine Scholarships

Help our medical students and physicians meet a need in the Southwest.

Three female and two male medical students huddle together to look at document

It all starts with scholarships

When you support scholarships for medical students in Phoenix, you help us form a new generation of physicians ready to serve a region direly in need of health care professionals.  

Creighton’s 183,000-square-foot, $100 million health sciences campus — opening in 2021 at Park Central in midtown Phoenix — will serve as a four-year medical school and accommodate nearly 900 students in multiple health care professions.  

Creighton is preparing students for a workforce that demands innovative care and service amid a rapidly changing world.

Creighton’s new campus can't come to Phoenix soon enough, with Arizona requiring more health care professionals to meet the state’s booming population and the growing needs of aging and diverse demographics. 

By 2030, Arizona is expected to have just one primary care doctor for every 1,500 people. 

Health care shortage

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, for active practitioners per state, Arizona ranks —

32nd

for active physicians

38th

for active primary care physicians

45th

for active general surgeons

Meeting a need

Creighton is an academic mainstay in Phoenix, sending medical students to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for rotations for more than a decade. 

By and large, Phoenix medical students become Phoenix physicians. Over the past decade, more than 70% of Creighton medical students placed in Arizona have stayed in Arizona. 

Your support of scholarships will continue to bring the best and brightest students to Phoenix and infuse the area with some of the most practice-ready physicians in the nation. 

Scholarship support weighs significantly in students' decision to come to Creighton. Tuition alone doesn’t fully cover what it costs to educate our students. In fact, it only covers about two-thirds of it.  

Most of our students receive financial aid or scholarships. Last year alone, Creighton awarded nearly 1,900 scholarships to students across all schools and colleges. 

When you make a gift to scholarships, you help our students manage costs and make ends meet. But more than that, you give them a transformative sense of belonging, purpose and personal growth. 

Make a difference today! 

Contact a Director of Development 

Michon Marcil AbtsMichon Marcil Abts 
Senior Director of Development, School of Medicine 
MichonAbts@creighton.edu 
402.280.1138 

Katrina Rieff

Katrina Rieff
Senior Director of Development, Heider College of Business and School of Medicine
KRieff@creighton.edu
402.280.5286

Meghan Frost

Meghan Frost 
Assistant Vice President of Development, Phoenix Development 
MeghanFrost@creighton.edu 
602.812.3123 

Creighton physicians in Phoenix

Some of the best physicians in the nation, meeting an urgent need in the Southwest. 

105

and counting

Creighton-educated physicians have stayed in Arizona for residency programs

500

faculty members

325

residents and fellows

in 22 programs

Britney Bell talks with a patient

Meeting a need in Phoenix

Britney Bell, BSCHM’13, MD’18, vividly remembers the stress of Match Day. After completing her last two years of medical school in Phoenix, she didn’t want to go anywhere else for her residency.

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Headshot of School of Medicine student Stephanie Miljkovic

Your gift changes lives

"When you support scholarships, you’re not just changing my life. You’re changing my family’s, too. I'm tearing up just thinking about how much it means to my mother that I'm getting a great education and studying to become a physician. Thank you for helping me come to Creighton. Thank you for helping me make my parents proud."

— Stephanie Miljkovic, School of Medicine

Creighton’s health sciences campus in Phoenix

The cutting-edge facility will enrich Creighton’s Jesuit education and transform health care in the Southwest.

Pooja Varman, School of Medicine 

The physician I want to be

“I’m now doing rotations, and sometimes, as I watch the physicians at work, I’m moved to tears. In many cases, they’re caring for people having some of the worst days of their lives. But after years, even decades working with patients, Creighton physicians still bring that same level of compassion and curiosity to every encounter. The values of this education last for life.

“That’s the kind of physician I want to be. That’s the kind of physician Creighton is preparing me to become."

— Pooja Varman, School of Medicine

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More Than Molecules

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