Student Spotlight

Katie Rose-Borcherding, OMS II

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology (Seattle Pacific University)
  • Clubs and Activities: Pediatrics Club, Osteopathic Club, and Global Medicine Honors Track

Why did you choose RVU? After my interview day at RVU, I knew that if I was accepted I would choose RVU over any other school....
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Faculty Spotlight

Christopher Unrein, DO, FACOI, FACP, CMD

 

Professor of Internal Medicine, Chief Academic Officer of Rocky Mountain OPTI, Medical Director of Rocky Vista Health Center

  • Hometown: Denver, CO, born and raised - a rare find of a nearly extinct species: a native Coloradoan!
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Arts in Biology (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Graduate Studies: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery; Internal Medicine residency at Mountainside Hospital (Montclair, NJ)

What class do you teach? I teach some cardiovascular disease and EKG interpretations, hepatitis and infectious diarrhea, genitourinary infections,...
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Student Affairs

The Department of Student Affairs is responsible for student life at Rocky Vista University. Through services and co-curricular opportunities such as academic advising, career development, disability services, tutoring, activities, and student leadership, Student Affairs facilitates personal and professional development. Lastly, Student Affairs cultivates a positive climate and culture that is dedicated to excellence with a personal touch that is unique to our community.

For more information, please review the Student Handbook or contact the Student Affairs directly at (720) 874-2407.

Schlueter_Amy_Cropped_004retAmy Schlueter, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, works closely with everyone on the Student Affairs team to ensure that resources and services are top-notch quality. She develops and oversees programs supporting students throughout their medical education. In addition, she is responsible for ensuring that policies, rules, and expectations are followed by all parties. Amy meets with students facing challenges or concerns about health, well-being, and/or personal issues. She is always happy to help and loves to work with students. Please contact her if you have any questions or concerns at studentaffairs@rvu.edu.

 

gray_christineChristine Gray, Advisor , provides information to students in regard to the Residency Match process (Military, DO, MD, SF and Urology), oversight with the MSPE process (Dean’s Letters), ERAS coordinator, assistance with CV and Personal Statement development and critique, mock interviews to prepare students prior to residency interviews, first point of contact for assistance with Fellowship application material for prior graduates, guidance/support for MSBS students and referral to appropriate University resources. For information, contact cgray@rvu.edu.

 

Haider_Zeerak_Cropped_001Zeerak Haider, PhD, Director of Student Life, designs, develops, and implements various program activities to enhance the quality of campus life by building and strengthening the RVU student doctor community. Program activities include the Peer Mentoring program, Careers in Medicine program, leadership development and advisement to the Student Government Association and student clubs/organizations, Student Wellness, and co-curricular activities. For questions, please email zhaider@rvu.edu.

 

Mohr_Laura_IG290130BPMLaura Mohr, Phd, Director of Counseling Services, provides confidential individual and couple’s counseling and mental health services for Rocky Vista University at the RVU Counseling Center. Counseling services are offered to help students address concerns in a number of areas including depression, anxiety, stress management, substance abuse, family or other relationships, interpersonal concerns or any other personal issue which contributes to the success of students’ academic and personal growth. For questions or to make an appointment, contact lmohr@rvu.edu.

 

Ashley MoranAshley Moran, Registrar, is the keeper of the student records.  Permanent student files are housed in the office of the Registrar.  This office is responsible for student registration, charting of grades, transcripts, class rank, as well as registration for the Kaplan Review Course and medical boards (COMLEX and USMLE).  Name changes, as well as replacement diplomas are done thru the Registrar.  Ms. Cairns is also the resident Notary. For questions, contact amoran@rvu.edu.

 

rucker_kadeKade Rucker, Counseling Intern, provides confidential individual, couple’s, and group counseling and mental health services for Rocky Vista University at the RVU Counseling Center under the direction of Dr. Laura Mohr. Counseling services are offered to help students address concerns in a number of areas including depression, anxiety, stress management, substance abuse, family or other relationships, interpersonal concerns or any other personal issue which contributes to the success of students’ academic and personal growth. For questions or to make an appointment, contact krucker@rvu.edu.

 

Schutt_BeckyBecky Schutt, Administrative Assistant, welcomes you as you walk through the door of the student affairs department. She is here to guide you in the right direction if you have questions or concerns. If you need to schedule an appointment to speak with any member of the department she is the person to go to. For scheduling and questions, email bschutt@rvu.edu.

 

soard_melanieMelanie Soard, Student Records Coordinator, guides students through the pre-matriculation medical, background check and drug screen requirements.  Throughout the student’s tenure, she provides assistance with all types of verifications such as enrollment, board scores, credentialing, etc.  Transcript requests may be made as well.  In addition, she works with 3rd year students to navigate the VSAS audition rotation process. For questions, email msoard@rvu.edu.

 

thornton_judyJudy Thornton, MA, Director of Educational Support, provides educational support services during all four years of your medical education.  If you have any academic difficulties, including ADA accommodations needs or just wish to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your study and test taking strategies, services are offered through individual consultations, assistance is tailored to meet your specific needs and integrated with the course curricula. For questions or to make an appointment email jthornton@rvu.edu.

The RVU administration endorses an open door policy and encourages students to meet with the faculty and members of the administration regularly. While walk-in consultations and conferences are possible when faculty is available, office hours are established and posted by the administration and faculty for student appointments. Faculty members will be available by office hours as stated in the syllabus, email, and/or appointment.

The Department of Student Affairs will facilitate career advising for all students. The advisor will schedule a meeting with each student to discuss his/her interests and identify a mentor and a plan, when appropriate. Periodic meetings throughout the first two years will help keep students organized and focused on their desired career paths.

During the third and fourth year, students will continue to work with their Student Affairs advisor. The advisor will triage issues, collect information, respond to requests, and work with the appropriate RVU parties to ensure that decisions and communications occur in a timely manner.

The University provides students with the opportunity to receive counseling and mental health services right here on campus at no charge. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Department of Student Affairs if they are experiencing any conflict with their own mental wellness or other life-related issues. Students may also find outside resources or assistance if they desire, by contacting the Department of Student Affairs, the Rocky Vista Health Center, or the Colorado Physicians Health Program.

For information about scheduling a counseling appointment, please contact Becky Schutt at (720) 874-2407 or bschutt@rvu.edu. Dr. Laura Mohr (lmohr@rvu.edu), Director of Counseling Services, and Kade Rucker (krucker@rvu.edu), Counselor Intern, can also answer any questions or concerns regarding counseling and mental wellness.

On and Off Campus Emergency Services:

  • 24 Hour National Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Crisis Lifeline
    800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
    http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/
  • Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (RMCP); 24/7
    (800) 844-TALK (8255)
    www.metrocrisisservices.org
  • 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline
    (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
    TDD Line: (800) 787-3224
    http://www.ndvh.org/
  • Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence;
    (303) 831-9632
    www.ccadv.org
  • 24 Hour National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
    (800) 784-6776
  • Poison Control Center
    (800) 222-1222
  • National Child Abuse Hotline
    (800) 4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
  • RVU Security and Public Safety; 24/7
    (720) 875-2892
    RVU Security Anonymous Reporting Line: (303) 708-8185
    911 – Emergencies
  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA)
    24-hour rape crisis hotline: (970) 472-4200
    Fort Collins office: (970) 472-4204
    Greeley office: (970) 506-4059

Mental Health Resources

  • RVU Counseling Center
    (720) 874-2407
  • Doug Henning, PhD
    (720) 874-2441
    Psychologist practicing in the RVU clinic, accepts RVU health insurance
  • RVU Health Clinic
    (720) 875-2880
  • Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP)
    (303) 860-0122
    Specializing in assisting physicians in Colorado
    www.cphp.org
  • Denver Family Institute
    (303) 756-3340
    Provides low-fee counseling services
  • Awareness Addiction Center- DUI- Center
    (720) 933-0687
  • Denver Broader Horizons Counseling Services
    (720) 234-4555

Colorado Springs Resources:

  • Pikes Peak Mental Health
    Crisis: (719) 635-7000
    Call Center: (719) 572-6330
  • Cedar Springs Behavioral Health
    Main: (719) 633-4114

Student tutors are available to students at no charge and are coordinated through Student Affairs. These tutors utilize a variety of methods for conveying information, as well as structuring sessions to appeal to various learning styles. From one-on-one tutoring to large test review sessions, students have the opportunity to select an approach with which they will most benefit.

While an essential part of the College’s mission is to educate primary care physicians for underserved areas in Colorado and the Mountain West, the College strives to assist students in making decisions about their own professional careers and personal lives. To this end, Student Affairs and Clinical Affairs offer counseling and information on careers in medicine, residency programs and the resident match, hospitals, clinic based and private practices; group and solo practice; public health organizations; military carriers and managed health care organizations.

First and second-year students are introduced to careers in medicine through the clinical medicine and shadowing programs. Second- and third-year students are invited to events organized on campus to allow them to meet with current clinical students, residents and representatives from hospitals that sponsor training programs throughout the nation to prepare them for selecting predoctoral and postdoctoral training sites. All students are introduced to the various steps in selecting a specialty through the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Careers in Medicine program.

The Department of Student Affairs is the source of information for students needing personal assistance. Information on leaves of absence and medical leaves may also be obtained through this office.

All new RVU students will receive a white coat during orientation week. If you would like to purchase an additional coat, please contact Threaded Ink Media at (303) 805-1406.

Please note: orders may take between 2-4 weeks. Questions regarding order status should be directed to Threaded Ink Media.

For information on local student housing, check out RVU Local Housing (pdf).