Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., is collaborating with St. Josephs Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix on medical school training. Beginning next fall, Creightons incoming class will expand to 152 students, up from 126 students today. All students will spend their first two years of medical school at the Omaha campus. In 2012, 42 third-year students will move to Phoenix for their final two years of training. The first class of the collaborative will graduate in 2014.
Linda Hunt, service area president for Catholic Healthcare West Arizona, which includes St. Josephs, said in a statement that the partnership will fill a vital need for educational experiences and physician training, and it will provide numerous possibilities regarding collaborative research projects.
Since 2005, Creighton has sent medical students to 690-bed St. Josephs for one-month rotations.
Both Creighton and St. Josephs believe it is important that students in the western United States have regional access to a Catholic-based medical education, said the Rev. John Schlegel, Creighton University president, in a written statement.