Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), USA

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) is a private, for-profit osteopathic medical school with campus locations in Parker, Colorado and Ivins, Utah. The school opened in 2006 as the only modern for-profit medical school in the United States but has since been joined by California Northstate University College of Medicine. RVUCOM grants the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and admitted its inaugural class of medical students at the Parker, Colorado campus in August 2008.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine opened in 2006, and the first class was admitted in 2008. In 2017, a second campus was opened in Ivins, Utah, admitting its first class of osteopathic medical students in the fall of 2017. The college is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, and regionally by the Higher Learning Commission. The school graduated its inaugural class on May 19, 2012.

RVUCOM offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, which follows a systems-based, 4-year (8-semester) curriculum. Years 1 and 2 of the program consist primarily of classroom-based learning, focusing on the basic health sciences. As an enhancement to the general medical education, students of the college are offered the opportunity to enroll in one of four “Honors Tracks.” Each track has a distinct emphasis on Rural, Global, or Military Medical Practice, or on Medical Research/Academia. Years 3 and 4 of the curriculum consist of clinical clerkships (Rotations) in major medical specialties. Under the supervision of practicing physicians, these clerkships are intended to train students to become competent medical providers in a variety of healthcare settings. Clerkship sites for RVUCOM students include various hospitals and clinics in the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona and South Dakota.

A Physician Assistant (P.A.) program is currently in development and is scheduled to be launched in September, 2018. The program will be offered at the Parker, Colorado, RVUCOM campus only. It is proposed to follow a 2-semester, didactic phase, followed by a 5-semester, clinical phase. The didactic phase will provide students with core foundational concepts, while the clinical phase will prepare students for competency in the “entrust able professional activities” (EPA) (competencies a student must achieve to successfully enter the physician assistant profession).

RVUCOM owns and operates the health clinic, Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC), located on the Parker, Colorado campus. The clinic is aprimary care medical facility which provides continued health care and health maintenance for its patients. In addition to primary care, the clinic provides services in internal medicine, sports medicine, and osteopathic manipulation. The clinic employs board certified M.D. and D.O. physicians as well as resident physicians.

Advanced medical students of the college are periodically selected to work in the health clinic as “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Fellows.” Under the supervision of board certified physicians, these students provide osteopathic manipulation to patients at discounted rates. The clinic accepts Medicaid and Medicare patients to help the underserved in the Denver and Parker area.

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