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Rocky Vista University (College of Osteopathic Medicine)




Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) is committed to the education of osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to excellence in the practice of medicine, demonstrate integrity and professionalism in their lives, while providing ethical, compassionate, holistic and culturally competent Osteopathic medical care to their patients.


School name:Rocky Vista UniversityCollege of Osteopathic Medicine
Address:8401 S. Chambers Rd. Parker, Colorado
Zip & city:80134 Colorado
Phone:(303) 373-2008
Web:http://www.rockyvistauniversity.org/
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The design of the curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop a holistic, and more importantly, an osteopathic approach to medicine. In utilizing a systems approach to medical education, basic biomedical science disciplines are integrated with clinical sciences in a fashion that reflects clinical relevancy, rather than broken down artificially into individual disciplines. RVUCOM continually correlates basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application.

Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first semester, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. We believe that by adding early clinical exposure and active learning in a team or small-group setting early in the curriculum, we will strengthen the students’ ability to think critically, solve clinical problems and develop the skills they will require to continue to learn throughout their career. Professionalism and ethics are key components for a physician and are emphasized throughout the entire curricular experience at RVUCOM.
Students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within RVU’s vast and growing clinical training network. The innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training students who are competent and ready to enter graduate medical education and training, with an emphasis on preparing students to become primary care physicians.

A notable aspect of the clinical program is a required two-month rotation in a rural practice setting. RVUCOM students participate in providing health care to medically underserved and indigent patients in rural clinics through-out the state of Colorado and the Mountain West Region. RVUCOM students learn to treat various patients whose lifestyles, practices and attitudes toward health care differ from those seen in more traditional training sites.

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