Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
|Chairman||Vanessa Sanchez Ph.D.|
|President||Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D.|
|Dean||Thomas Told, D.O.|
|Location||Parker, Colorado, United States|
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) is a for-profit osteopathic medical school located in Parker, Colorado. The school grants the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and admitted its inaugural class of medical students in August 2008.
RVUCOM broke ground on March 23, 2007 and admitted its first class in August 2008. The most recent matriculating class of 2017 had an average MCAT score of 28.33, science GPA of 3.6 and a cumulative GPA of 3.6.
The medical school utilizes a systems based approach to education, with an integrated anatomy section taught concurrently in each section.
First Year: An overview of basic scientific principles of medicine.
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms - 3 weeks.
Immunology - 3 weeks.
Musculoskeletal - 6 weeks
Cardiovascular - 4 weeks
Respiratory - 4 weeks
Renal - 3 weeks
Gastrointestinal - 4 weeks
Endocrinology/Reproduction - 4 weeks
Neuroscience - 7 weeks
Pathology of Disease - 8 weeks.
Students are also taught concurrent courses in medical ethics, principles of clinical medicine, osteopathic medicine, and informatics.
Second Year: Second year involves a more detailed examination of pathological mechanisms of disease.
Third and Fourth Year: Several rotations sites are available to students, based out of hospitals in the Denver Area, Fort Collins, Pueblo, and Boulder.
RVUCOM is notable for being the first and only modern day for-profit medical school operating in the United States. As such, its opening has generated controversy. Critics have raised concerns that a for-profit school will be beholden to investors, and lack credibility. Supporters say that the school will be held to the same academic and accreditation standards as other medical schools.
Rocky Vista LLC is owned by Yife Tien and his wife Lucy Chua Tien, MD, and governed by a Board of Trustees. Castle Pines Holdings LLC was established as a holding company to control the Tiens' interest in Rocky Vista LLC and provide stability in the event of Tien's death or incapacity.
Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado, has been awarded a 5-year $770,000 federal grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train primary care internal medicine residents. Parkview has developed a new osteopathic internal medicine residency program which matriculated its first trainees in July 2012. The grant was a joint effort of Parkview Medical Center and Rocky Vista University along with Rocky Mountain OPTI. RVUCOM and Rocky Mountain OPTI are currently working to establish additional residency programs in Colorado and Wyoming.
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