Impact Story: Joel Fuchs
Impact Story: Joel Fuchs

The Creighton Experience:

Made Possible Because of the Generous Donors in Our Creighton Community

Because of you, Joel Fuchs, BS’12, MD’17, and countless other young women and men like him, make the most of their Creighton experience. Your support helps Creighton to offer students both a challenging and dynamic environment in which to learn. 

Your generosity helps to provide Creighton students with impactful and real-world experiences. Opportunities for service, leadership roles, internships, research and academic opportunities and more are made possible because of you.

The impact of your gifts help students to develop into men and women for and with others who will perform acts of kindness in their lives. Creighton students are empowered to go out into our world as confident, competent and compassionate leaders.

Thank you for investing in our students and for believing in our mission. 

Student Story: Joel Fuchs, BS’12, MD’17

Joel Fuchs came to Creighton as an undergraduate in the fall of 2009 from Columbus, Nebraska. During his undergraduate career, Joel gained valuable leadership skills as a teaching assistant in the biology lab. He provided insightful daily reflections to his peers through Creighton’s Collaborative Ministries and began to find his calling. “During my years in undergrad, I found a passion for service and social justice, which started to ‘light a fire’ inside of me.” Joel graduated from the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Post-graduation, Joel served for one year with the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. “This experience impacted me in ways I hadn’t expected. It was at the Stout Street Clinic in Denver where I put into practice all of what I had learned in my four years at Creighton; to be in service for and with others. It is where I continued to grow and to learn about myself. My experiences led me full-circle and solidified my decision to apply to Creighton Medical School.”

As a student in the School of Medicine, Joel served as co-director of the Magis Clinic and participated in Project Cura, where he and other medical students presented on health and well-being on the Pine Ridge Reservation at Red Cloud Indian High School. In 2016, Joel was presented with the Aesculapian Award by his peers, for having made a difference in their medical education. He was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, for both his outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills.

At the 2017 Match Day in January, Joel learned he would complete his residency at the University of Minnesota and in May, he crossed the commencement stage as a School of Medicine graduate.

At the annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, Fuchs articulated the impact of the generous donors who supported his education: 

“Each one of you made the decision to support Creighton students. In doing so, you help to make so many opportunities available for us. I wish you could know all the stories and all of the ways you make a difference. For me, your support of Creighton made all the difference in the path I will take and I thank you.”