Featured Testimonial About Creighton University
Creighton's emphasis on service helps you see your patient as a whole person. You get to see them in a different light.
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.
Before medical school, she had lived her entire life in Omaha. But Phoenix had become home.
“I wanted to experience the difference in population and the diversity that Phoenix offered,” she remembers. “It surprised me how much it ended up feeling like home. Thank goodness I got to stay.”
Match Day kept her in Phoenix. She’s now a year into her internal medicine residency at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Britney is part of a growing community of medical professionals learning and practicing in Arizona to meet the needs of the state’s doctor shortage.
“The city has a need for not just health care, but specific health care,” Britney says. “There’s a large underserved population here, and it’s important to be able to help them.”
For as long as she can remember, Britney has tried to help however many people she could.
That meant teaching Sunday school at Midwestern Baptist Church in Omaha. It meant helping to hold a clothing drive for the Navajo Nation shortly after she arrived in Phoenix. It means caring for every patient she can.
“Creighton's emphasis on service helps you see your patient as a whole person,” Britney says. “You get to see them in a different light.”
Britney recalls the heartache of the times she wasn’t able to help. When she was growing up and several of her family members were sick. When her father was diagnosed with cancer as she finished her junior year at Creighton.
“Even when I was volunteering at the hospital, I remember getting frustrated that I couldn’t do anything for the patients,” she says. “I didn’t yet have the skills to help.”
Now she has those skills. And she’s found just the right place to use them.
Why are Scholarships Important?
With the introduction of our new 200,000-square-foot facility, hundreds of Creighton health professionals, students, residents, and fellows will emulate Dr. Bell’s educational path. As we begin to offer new programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other disciplines, we must recruit a diverse group of hardworking, visionary students who, like Dr. Bell, have the drive and compassion to excel professionally and carry our message forward. Donor gifts and scholarships will help ensure passionate students fulfill their dreams of practicing medicine.