Rocky Vista University

Report
Progressive 15
2013 Fall Conference
Sterling, Colorado
Our Location
CENTENNIAL
PEORIA
AIR PORT
WE SHARE DOVE VALLEY WITH
THE DENVER BRONCOS
BRONCOS PARKWAY
S. CHAMBERS ROAD
E-470 EAST
8401 S. CHAMBERS RD.
PARKER, COLORADO 80134
Rocky Vista University was founded in 2006 and opened its doors
in August of 2008, enrolling students in its College of
Osteopathic Medicine.
The University contributes significantly to the economic
development of the Town of Parker, Douglas County, and the
State of Colorado, without relying on state funding.
About RVU
Rocky Vista University provides quality
healthcare education while inspiring students
to serve with compassion, integrity
and excellence.
RVU Facilities
COMFORTABLE LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT
ANATOMY LABS
PROCEDURES LABS
LIBRARY
Why Colorado?
• Over 50 of Colorado’s 64
counties are designated as
Primary Care Health
Professional Shortage Areas by
the Federal Government.
• 26 counties in the state have
one or no physician.
• Only one other medical school
serves the state.
Counties in Progressive 15
RVU’s Economic Impact
• RVU has invested over $40 million for
the development of the campus and
facilities
• RVU’s overall economic impact is
estimated at more than $75 million
annually
• RVU employs more than 140
physicians, Ph.D.s, and staff. The
mean salary for full time employees
is $125,136 for faculty and $65,701
for staff.
• RVU has access to an additional 40
acres for future development
Tax Paying (For-Profit Status)
• RVU is the only for-profit medical school in the U.S.
• RVU operates as an independent, privately
funded organization with a Board of Trustees
that administers oversight of the operations,
administration, education and policy of
the University.
• The model represents opportunities to provide
public benefits through private entities in a
mutually beneficial relationship.
• Citizens of Colorado will derive significant benefits
from RVUCOM without having to provide direct,
tax-based support.
Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
What is an Osteopathic Physician?
• There are two types of complete physicians in
the United States—DOs and MDs.
• Both receive four years of basic medical
education, then three to eight years of
graduate medical education (residency).
• Both can practice in any specialty of
medicine—such as pediatrics, family
medicine, psychiatry, surgery, ophthalmology,
etc.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
• Follow “whole person” approach.
• Understand how all the body’s systems are
interconnected and how each one affects the
others.
• Focus special attention on the musculoskeletal
system –Structure influences function.
• Help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles
that don’t just fight illness but also help
prevent disease.
RVUCOM Receives in Excess of 4300
Applications for 160 Seats
STATE OF THE ART SIMULATION LABS
21st CENTURY TEACHING TECHNIQUES
TRADITIONAL HANDS ON LEARNING
RVU Admissions Minimum
Requirements
• US Citizen or Permanent Resident
• Bachelor’s Degree
(approximately 17% have advanced degrees)
• Minimum GPA:
– 3.0 overall
– 3.0 science
(mean science and overall GPA 3.6)
• Minimum MCAT:
(mean MCAT 28+)
Student Demographics
Class of 2017:
• 162 students from 32 states
• 40% CO residents, 57% from
Mountain West region
• Top feeder states: Colorado,
California, Utah, and Minnesota
• Age range 20-42, mean 25
• 90 men (56%), 72 women (44%)
• 4% identify themselves as
underrepresented ethnic group
Academic Culture
• RVU has a collaborative, supportive learning environment.
• Student tutors available to all students at no charge.
• Education Specialist and counseling services available to
provide personal and academic support.
Innovative Learning
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Medical Informatics
Standardized Patients
Simulators
Honors tracks
– Military Medicine
– Global Medicine
– Rural & Wilderness Medicine
• Required first response disaster certification
Military Medicine Track
• RVUCOM boasts one of the
highest percentages of
medical students on military
scholarship of any civilian
medical school.
• Rocky Vista University
Awarded 2014 Military
Friendly Schools ® Designation
Military Track
• Study of emergent infectious
diseases, public
health/epidemiology,
debilitating or lethal endemic
diseases found throughout the
world.
• Liaisons with military offices at
US posts, bases, medical
centers, and hospitals.
• Clinical rotations at military
health care facilities.
• Faculty who served as military
officers.
Cut Suit Technology
• Evolved from Hollywood special-effects
technology.
• Developed in collaboration with the
military to improve training in tactical
combat casualty care.
• Human-worn surgical simulators that
replicate all manner of wounds,
hemorrhages, airway complications and
intense bleeding.
• RVU only medical school in the country to
use Cut Suits in training future physicians.
Global Medicine Track
Participants receive additional elective courses centered on the
practice of global medicine.
• Learn about diseases of emerging
importance in global public health.
• Gain a global perspective of health,
disease and healthcare delivery
systems.
• Improve cultural sensitivity and
communication skills
• Understand global health issues:
natural disasters, humanitarian
emergencies and pandemics
• Participate in humanitarian outreach.
• International Rotations.
Rural & Wilderness Medicine
Designed to prepare students to serve healthcare needs of
patients in rural areas.
• Patients in rural areas often lack access to major medical
support systems, advanced diagnostic equipment and
specialists.
• Rural physicians are often required to fulfill a wider variety of
community health care roles and need more advanced
procedural competency.
• Field training experiences in wilderness
environments.
• How to tackle problems commonly
encountered in the wilderness, such as
snakebites, altitude sickness and
hypothermia.
• Training in backcountry rescue,
advanced life support and avalanche
rescue.
• Additional procedural competency
training on a cadaver reserved for
R&W track education.
• Clinical rotations to prepare students
for work in rural communities.
Standardized Patients
Standardized Patients (SPs) have been trained to accurately
portray the role of a patient with a specific medical condition.
• Provide students with
“hands-on practice” in a
safe environment.
• SPs are seen from early in
first semester, interactions
usually occur 2-3 times per
semester.
Simulators
• Birthing Mom simulator Noelle and
baby Regan
• Baby high-fidelity simulator Chuckie
• Harvey simulator to diagnose heart
and lung sounds
• Two high fidelity adults
RVU Clinical Rotation Sites
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Denver: 60
CO Springs: 20
Pueblo: 15
Greeley: 10
Grand Junction: 3
Boulder/Longmont: 10
Fort Collins/Loveland: 5
Cheyenne, WY: 6
Casper, WY: 4
Show Low, AZ: 7
Cedar City, UT: 12
Rapid City, SD: 2
RVU Rotation Locations in the Denver
Metro Area
Board Exams
• Class of 2013:
– COMLEX I pass rate 97.3%
(national avg 92.5%)
– USMLE I pass rate 90%
• Class of 2012:
– COMLEX PE pass rate 98.5%
Residency Match - Classes of 2012 and 2013
More than 58% of the graduates of the first two classes plan to enter a
primary care field.
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Anesthesia
Emergency
ENT/ Plastics
Family Medicine
FM/EM
Surgery
Internal Medicine
IM/EM
Neurology
OB/GYN
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Opthalmology
Ortho Surgery
Pathology
Pediatrics
Phys Med/Rehab
Psychiatry
Radiology trad.
Rad. Diagnostic
Rad. Oncology
Traditional
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RVU Students Community Service
Children’s Hospital
Toy Drive
Dare to Dream
Underserved
Health Physicals
Chaparral HS in RVU
Anatomy Lab
Annual Fall
Festival
RVU students are actively engaged in the local community.
Fitness Festival
First-Aid Tent
Questions?

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