Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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Fellowships

Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship

The Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship is designed to increase the students’ knowledge of the principles, philosophies, and procedures of osteopathic medicine in order to create future clinicians and educators with outstanding OPP skills. This additional knowledge will provide the students with the ability to educate their classmates and future colleagues on osteopathic techniques. Additionally, fellows have clinical responsibilities, which improve their general medical knowledge and patient care skills. This fellowship emphasizes an anatomic and physiologic understanding and application of OPP and didactic education in OPP and sports medicine. It also places a heavy emphasis on teaching osteopathic principles and procedures.

Four students are selected yearly for this program following an interview process conducted by the members of the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practices. Recommendations made by the Department will be forwarded to the Dean for approval.

Participation in the Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship will extend the student’s tenure at RVU by one year. Program experiences will occur in Years 3 and 4; Year 5 will return to the normal Year 4 Clinical Rotations curriculum. Each fellow will alternately rotate between fellowship duties and the Clinical Rotations curriculum approximately every 3 months resulting in a six month involvement in each of Year 3 and Year 4. A certificate indicating successful completion of the fellowship will be awarded at graduation.

 

Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program

The RVU Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program is designed to provide a continuum of the study of Anatomy to the next level, as well as provide the student with tools which can, in the future, be utilized to either teach or conduct anatomical research appropriate to the context of their final field of endeavor. The successful candidate need not be exclusively surgical residency bound; any qualified student can apply.

Two students are selected yearly for this program following an interview process conducted by the members of the Department of Structural Medicine. Recommendations made by the Department will be forwarded to the Dean for approval.

Participation in the Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program will extend the student’s tenure at RVU by one year. Program experiences will occur in Years 3 and 4; Year 5 will return to the normal Year 4 Clinical Rotations curriculum. Each fellow will alternately rotate between fellowship program curriculum and the Clinical Rotations curriculum every 8 weeks resulting in an approximate six-month involvement in each of Years 3 and 4. A certificate indicating successful completion of the Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program will be awarded at graduation.