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November 4, 1992

Students Challenged to Make Ethics Part of Their 'Habit of Thought'

JAMA. 1992;268(17):2349-2350. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490170013004

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FOR 100 YEARS, Creighton University School of Medicine, has had to deal with a challenge to which the majority of medical schools haven't had to devote one moment of thought: how to remain faithful to the specific religious tradition upon which the school was founded and at the same time prepare students-from a variety of religious and nonreligious perspectives—for a secular world.

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of this medical school is that, as one of only four Jesuit medical schools in the country, it continuously seeks to define its Roman Catholic identity and the way this is manifested in contemporary medical education.

Perhaps one of the most evident manifestations is Creighton's heavy emphasis on medical ethics, in both teaching and research. Creighton's Center for Health Policy and Research has seven faculty members, a remarkably large program for a school of this size. The faculty comes from a broad