Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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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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