Student Spotlight

Tesia Kolodziejczyk, OMS III

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the Dermatology/Pathology AOC and the RVU Internal Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Close to home! Being close to my support system was very important to me. What do you like most...
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Faculty Spotlight

Joel Roberts, MD

Instructor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Internship at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

What do you do in your spare time? I play racquetball, make pizzas, and watch football. What advice do...
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Profile

Darcy Solanyk

Darcy Solanyk, MS, PA-C

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Program

dsolanyk@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2829
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FD-09


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Master of Science
    Anatomy
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
    1999
  • Bachelor of Science
    Biology
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO
    1997

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – present: Principal Faculty, Physician Assistant Program
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2010 – 2016: Academic Coordinator / Assistant Professor
    University of Colorado Denver, CHA/PA Program
  • 2007 – 2010: Physician Assistant
    Colorado Children’s Hospital

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Physician Assistant (2007-present)
    State of Colorado
  • National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (2007-present)
  • Basic Life Support (2004-present)
    American Heart Association

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Associate Director, Interprofessional Education and Development Program Council (2013-2016)
  • Honor and Conduct Code Faculty Chair (2012-2016)
  • Blackboard and Canvas Advisory Committee, University of Colorado (2010-2016)
  • CHA/PA Program Faculty Advisor (2010-2016)
  • Mentor, 3rd-Year Capstone Project (2015)
  • Mentor, Rural Track Interprofessional Students (2015)
  • Faculty Trainer, Interprofessional Education Orientation Day (2015)
  • Faculty Trainer, Interprofessional Education and Development Course (2015)
  • Remediation Team Faculty Member (2014)
  • Interprofessional Education Curriculum Development Committee (2012-2013)
  • Alumni Survey Subcommittee of the Survey Working Group (2012-2013)
  • Urban Underserved Interprofessional Education Track Steering Committee, University of Colorado (2010-2012)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • Physician Assistant Education Association
    2010-2016
  • Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants
    2010-2016
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    2010-2016

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Publications and Presentations


Presentations

  • “The Revised Fresno Questionnaire as a Measure of Efficacy of an Evidence Based Medicine Course”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2012
  • “Strategies for Implementing Interprofessional Education”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2011
  • “Interactive In-class Activities to Engage Students in Evidence Based Medicine”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2011

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Research and Studies


  • Interprofessional Education
  • Student Professionalism
  • Physician Assistant Education

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Biographical Information


Darcy Solanyk, MS, PA-C, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Anatomy from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She received her Physician Assistant Certificate from the University of Colorado’s Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program in 2007. She practiced in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado before joining the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program as a faculty member in 2010. She was a member of the faculty until 2016. Darcy Solanyk then joined the Rocky Vista University Physician Assistant program as a principal faculty member in 2017. She has a passion for interprofessional education, student professionalism, and her family.

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