Student Spotlight

Valerie Martin, OMS I

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Plymouth, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology with a minor in Chemistry (University of Utah)
  • Clubs and Activities:

Why did you choose RVU? I was raised on a farm in a small town where we had limited access to healthcare. RVUCOM places great emphasis...
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Faculty Spotlight

Jacquelyn Waller, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Director of Faculty Development

  • Hometown: Craig, CO
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Pharmacy (University of Montana); Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency (Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital)

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Master of Science in...
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Curriculum

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has a dedicated faculty; established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and health care systems; a structured and supported rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible. Students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within our vast and growing clinical training network. Our 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 becoming primary care physicians.

The design of the applications-based curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop an osteopathic approach to medicine. We continually correlate 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. This clinical exposure expands in the second year, and the students have increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients on campus, as well as be involved, under physician supervision, with real patients in the office and hospital setting. Physicians do not work alone, but rather as part of a health care team, and RVUCOM promotes interdisciplinary cooperation whenever possible in the classroom and in all of its clinical settings.

 

Academic Year 2017-2018

 

Year One – Semester I

Credit Hours

Cardiovascular System I

4

Respiratory System I

2

Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms

4

Musculoskeletal System I

7

Osteopathic Principles & Practice I

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine I

3

Hematology/Immunology I

3

Renal System I

2

Medical Ethics (year-long course)

1

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (year-long course)

1

Year One – Semester II

Credit Hours

Endocrine/Reproductive System I

4

Gastrointestinal System I

3

Neuroscience System I

8

Transition to Clinical Medicine

6

Osteopathic Principles & Practice II

2

Principles of Clinical Medicine II

3

Medical Ethics (year-long course)

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (year-long course)

Year Two – Semester I

Credit Hours

Hematologic/Lymphatic System II

3

Cardiovascular System II

5

Respiratory System II

4

Gastrointestinal System II

4

Renal System II

5

Osteopathic Principles & Practice III

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine III

4

Advanced Medical Ethics (year-long course)

1

Year Two – Semester II

Credit Hours

Musculoskeletal System II

3

Neuroscience System II

4

Endocrine System II

3

Reproductive System II

3

Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV

2

Principles of Clinical Medicine IV

3

Psychiatry System

2

Hands-On Focus on the Boards

1

Pathophysiological Overview of Medicine

6

Advanced Medical Ethics (year-long course)

Years Three and Four (Class of 2018 only)

Credit Hours

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Capstone)

2

Fundamentals of Surgery 1

OPP Clinical Integration I

 1

OPP Clinical Integration II

1

Advanced OPP Clinical Integration

1

Required Clinical Core Rotations

35

Family Medicine

8

Internal Medicine

8

Obstetrics & Gynecology

4

 Pediatrics  4
Psychiatry  4
Surgery 7

Required Elective Rotations

Minimum 3 Required Audition Rotations

Maximum Non-Clinical Electives

46

12

12

Minimum number of credits to be completed in Years III and IV
(1 credit hour = one week)

87

Years Three and Four (Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021)

Credit Hours

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Capstone)

2

Fundamentals of Surgery

1

OPP Clinical Integration I 1
Advanced OPP Clinical Integration 1

Required Core Rotations:

 35

Family Medicine

8

Internal Medicine

8

Surgery

7

Obstetrics & Gynecology

4

Pediatrics

4

Psychiatry

4

Required Elective Rotations

Minimum 3 Required Audition Rotations

Maximum Non-Clinical Electives

46

12

12

Minimum number of hours to be completed in Years III and IV
(1 credit hour = one week)

86

It is the expectation that students will be involved in academic pursuits throughout Years III and IV of the curriculum, including COMLEX 2 PE preparation. Students not completing the required 88 credit hours may be allowed to walk at graduation but must complete the 88 hour minimum before the awarding of the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information about a specific course, review the Student Handbook and Catalog.