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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Clubs and Organizations

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care, promote interests of osteopathic emergency physicians, support development and implementation of osteopathic emergency medical education and advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine through a system of quality and cost effective healthcare in a distinct, unified profession.

The Wilderness Medical Society Student Interest Group (WMSIG) is a sub-committee under ACOEP with the purpose of advancing, “healthcare, research, and education related to wilderness medicine.”

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)

The objective of the undergraduate chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is to advance the specialty of family practice in the field of osteopathic medicine and surgery. The organization works toward the advancement of family practice and recognition of the importance of the family practitioner’s role in the context of osteopathic medical services in the community. The chapter advances the role of the family practitioner as the backbone of modern medical practice. The Colorado Society of the ACOFP is the state division of the national organization and maintains a direct liaison with the RVUCOM chapter. Membership in this organization entitles students to benefits such as seminars, educational programs and financial support to various family practice conferences.

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American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)

The purpose of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatrics (ACOP) is to foster and stimulate interest among osteopathic medical students in the practice of Pediatrics. National membership includes discounted rates to the National Convention and access to online education and support materials. The local RVU chapter utilizes speakers, community service, public outreach and cooperation with local clubs and organizations to further the understanding and appreciation of Pediatric Medicine.

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American College of Osteopathic Physical Medicine & Rehab (ACOPMR)

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), also referred to as Physiatry (PM) or Rehabilitation Medicine (RM) is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating persons with physical disabilities. The primary goal of the physiatrist is to achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychosocial and vocational function through comprehensive multi-disciplinary rehabilitation.

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)

The purpose of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) is to advance a mutually respectful relationship among dedicated, competent sports medicine specialists, and to provide a quality educational resource for AOASM members, allied health sports medicine professionals, and the general public.

American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA)

The purpose of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA) is to advance the standards of practice and service in the specialty of Anesthesiology, aid in providing opportunities for study and training in the art and science of Anesthesiology, and maintain and promote the highest moral and ethical standards in the practice of Anesthesiology.

Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDA)

The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDA) is a national organization that began in 1931. The chapter is composed of health care professionals and students who are committed to living out their faith through their profession. Benefits of the club include seminars, journals and newsletters.

Collegium Aesculapium

The Collegium Aesculapium is an internal organization for LDS and non-LDS, faith-centered medical professionals. The objective of Collegium Aesculapium Foundation, Inc. is to assist members in balancing professional, scientific, personal and spiritual aspects of their life. The purpose of the Student Chapter of Collegium Aesculapium at Rocky Vista University is to accomplish the Collegium’s objective in the lives of students entering the field of medicine.

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Colorado Medical Society (CMS)

The mission of the Rocky Vista University chapter of the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) is to bring into one organization, the students of medicine in the state of Colorado; to promote the science and art of medicine, the betterment of the public health and the unity, harmony and welfare of the medical profession; and to unite with county and district medical societies to form and maintain the Colorado Medical Society.

Dermatology/Pathology (DERM/PATH)

The Dermatology/Pathology ACO is formed of RVU students that are interested in learning more about pathology—a specialty of medicine that is dedicated to the study of disease, the processes of disease and how departure from the normal inner workings of the body impact the person as a whole. Students will be introduced to the overview of pathology as a medical specialty and learn what pathology will encompass in the academic environment. DERM/PATH endeavors to introduce students to current pathological issues through events, speakers and journal ACO presentations.  DERM/PATH also focuses on bringing to light pathology residency options (with attention to COMLEX and USMLE scores and test differences), potential shadowing experiences, presentations of gross specimens throughout the academic semester, student tutoring, fundraising for humanitarian and research causes and the delicate balance between the practice of medicine and the pathology behind it.  Any current student or entering student is encouraged and welcome to join DERM/PATH if they are considering pathology as a specialty, are interested in delving further into the realms of pathology, or would like to enhance their academic learning!

DOCARE International (DOCARE)

DOCARE, a national organization founded by concerned osteopathic physicians, is dedicated to providing medical care to underserved people in any geographical area of the world. Student participation is welcomed, and the RVUCOM chapter offers exciting and unique opportunities to student physicians to participate in these medical missions.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology Club (OB/GYN)

The Obstetrics & Gynecology Club (OB/GYN) is passionately committed to excellence in women’s health. With integrity, we shall educate and support osteopathic health care professionals to improve the quality of life for women. In doing so, we will provide opportunities for fellowship and joy in our profession.

In addition, the Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) is a sub-chapter under the OBGYN club with thepurpose of making Student Doctors aware of the wide range of reproductive options.

Radiology Club (Club RAD)

The purpose of the Radiology Club (Club RAD) is to educate, inform and instigate higher learning regarding the practice of Radiology and the various facets involved thereof. Club RAD is committed to the education of osteopathic physicians who are dedicated to excellence in the practice of Radiology, demonstrate integrity and professionalism in their lives, while providing ethical, compassionate, holistic and culturally competent Osteopathic medical care to their patients. The primary goals and objectives of Club RAD are to teach and inspire RVUCOM students about the astounding practice of Radiology. Club members will develop the knowledge needed to pursue Radiology rotations, residencies and medical practices. Radiology is ever-evolving into more than Diagnostic Radiology. Thus, Club RAD, will facilitate higher learning regarding the subspecialties involved with Radiology. Club members can also learn what a Radiologist in Colorado does in his/her free time and what it means to be a family member of a Radiologist.

Rotary Community Corps of Rocky Vista University (RCC/RVU)

The Rotary Community Corps of Rocky Vista University was formed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Parker. The RCC/RVU is involved in service projects within the community and also supports projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker.

RVU Internal Medicine Club (RVUIMC)

The RVU Internal Medicine Club (RVUIMC) exists to provide early exposure to students of the many facets of internal medicine. Those involved in the RVUIMC have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with speakers from general internists, hospitalists and the different specialties in internal medicine. Some of the internal medicine specialties include: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease and Rheumatology. Lunch is provided to club members at these meetings. Additionally, RVUIMC members have the opportunity to attend conferences held by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI). Part of the cost to attend these conferences is reimbursed from club funds. Finally, the RVUIMC hosts a blood drive in the fall and assists in teaching clinical skills to first year students.

RVU Ultrasound Interest Group

The USIG is a club designed to build leadership in the use and understanding of ultrasound (US) technology, specifically at the patient bedside or point-of-care.  Through education, the main goal will be to teach and encourage proper use of this tool in the clinical setting. The USIG is a mentorship program open to all students at RVUCOM.  Students will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and hone their ultrasound skills during monthly workshops. The USIG will work closely with the University of Colorado USIG to put on large events, namely Ultrafest – a regional symposium for medical students interested in point-of-care ultrasound.

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP)

SSP is RVUCOM’s academic honor society. To be eligible, students must be in the top 25% of their class (rank is based upon two years) and have no honor code violations. Eligible students will complete an application and will be selected at the end of their second year.

Spectrum Medicine (S-Med)

To support and advocate for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community at RVUCOM and to enhance medical education regarding the spectrum of sexuality and identity. The purpose of Spectrum Medicine (S-MED) shall be to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students at RVUCOM, to augment the education experience at RVU with speakers pertaining to the spectrum of sexuality and identity in medicine and medical care, and to promote an inclusive academic environment. The mission of S-Med will be fulfilled through club meetings, guest speakers, panel discussions and outreach events. S-Med will be open to all students of RVUCOM.

Student Advocates Association (SAA)

The RVUCOM chapter of Student Advocates Association (SAA) was organized for the spouses significant others/families of the students at RVUCOM and is chartered by the Advocates to the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA). The primary objective of the SAA is to further the goals of the college and the osteopathic profession and to promote fellowship, goodwill and unity within the school.

Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) is a professional organization dedicated to serving osteopathic medical students. It is the COM’s extension of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), a national association established in 1937. The academy maintains the goal of developing the science and art of total health care, with an emphasis on palpatory diagnosis and the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Membership in SAAO allows students to receive AAO publications and to attend the annual convocation, both at reduced prices.

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Student American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (SAOAO)

The mission of the Student American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (SAOAO) is to form a bridge between Osteopathic Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, in order to create a holistic functioning system to provide all the members with the opportunity to change the future of Osteopathic Orthopedic medicine by being well-educated and experienced health care practitioners.
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Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS)

Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS), the student chapter of this national organization, is open to all College of Osteopathic Medicine students in the military or public health service. The chapter serves as liaison between on-campus military students and those on rotations or military alumni.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)

The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the official organization for osteopathic medical students and the affiliated student organization of the American Osteopathic Association. Its purpose is to advance the osteopathic profession, advocate for public health and welfare, and to represent the views and opinions of osteopathic medical students. SOMA national affiliations with similar groups at other schools provide the largest network for information exchange and interaction available today. Membership in SOMA brings many benefits including free subscriptions to Student Doctor and Medical Student and discount prices on diagnostic equipment, the Preceptorship Program, SOMA scholarships, life insurance programs and more. Locally, SOMA is involved in the school, hospital and citizen communities through various service projects and socials.

Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)

The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) welcomes osteopathic medical students interested in surgery or its subspecialties. The SOSA strives to advance the discipline and the knowledge and skills of the individual student with a career interest in surgical fields.

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