Student Spotlight

Jared Keele, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Anchorage, AK
  • Undergraduate Studies: Human Nutrition/Dietetics and Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Vice-President of the Student Government Association and RVU Ambassador for the Emergency Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? A big reason was to stay in Colorado. I have also had friends matriculate through RVU before me who...
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Faculty Spotlight

David R. Crimin, DO, CMD

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Undergraduate Studies: Weber State College, Ogden, UT.
  • Graduate Studies: Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. Internship at Doctors Hospital Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO and Residency at Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Family Medicine Center. I spent nearly 27 years in a Rural Family Medicine, hospital and ED practice in Richfield, UT.

What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM? I brag that I have the best of two worlds: teaching...
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Profile

David Eckhardt, PA-C, MS

Associate Program Director
Director of Assessment
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program

deckhardt@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2478
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FD-06


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


Education


  • Master of Science in Child Health (CHA/PA) Studies
    University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine
    Denver, CO
    2002-2005
  • Certificate of Completion
    Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Studies
    University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine
    2002-2005
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Biology
    University of Colorado at Boulder
    Boulder, CO
    1996-2000

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Director of Assessment, PA Program
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Associate Program Director, PA Program
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Associate Professor of PA Studies
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – 2018: Assistant Program Director of Assessment
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2013 – 2018: Affiliated Faculty Member, Center for Global Health
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2011 – 2018: Coordinator of Simulation, CHA/PA Program
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2012 – 2016: Assistant Professor, CHA/PA Program, Department of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2010 – 2013: Clinical Coordinator – 1st and 2nd Year, CHA/PA Program
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2010 – 2012: Instructor, CHA/PA Program, Department of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2008 – 2010: Physician Assistant
    Centennial Pediatrics
  • 2005 – 2008: Physician Assistant
    Castle Rock Pediatrics
  • 2005 – 2007: Physician Assistant, Emergency Department
    Medical Center of Aurora

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Physician Assistant License (2005-present)
    State of Colorado
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Provider (2001-present)
  • CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (2016)
  • President’s Teaching & Learning Collaborative (2015-2016)
  • Objective Structured Clinical Experience (OSCE) Workshop (2015)
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor (2011-2015)
  • Wilderness Medicine Society and Advanced Wilderness Life Support (2011-2015)
  • Academy of Medical Educators: Developing Competencies Workshop (2014)
  • Crucial Conversations: University of Colorado OMBUDS Office (2012)
  • Basic Skills Faculty Development Workshop: A Physician Assistant Education Association Development Institute Workshop (2011)
  • National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (2005)
    • Recertification (2011)

 

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Service and Contributions


University of Colorado

  • CHA/PA Student Remediation Plan (2016-2018)
  • IPED Clinical Curriculum Development Committee (2013-2018)
  • Chair, CHA/PA Pediatric Critical & Acute Care Longitudinal Experience Selection Committee (2013-2018)
  • Presenter, CHA/PA Information Session (2012-2018)
  • CHA/PA Program Faculty Advisor (2011-2018)
  • Mentor for Potential PA Student Shadows (2011-2018)
  • Chair, CHA/PA Program Assessment Committee (2010-2018)
  • Invited Member, Pediatric Education Group (2012-2018)
  • Pediatric Education Committee, Pediatric Education Executive Committee (2011-2018)
  • CHA/PA Program Promotions Committee (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Program Admissions Committee (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Program Curriculum Committee (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Program Assessment Committee (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Scholarship Review Committee (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Search Committee, Global Track Students (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Scholarship Committee, Advocacy Scholarship (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Scholarship Committee, Pediatric Scholarship (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Scholarship Committee, Henry Silver Diversity Scholarship (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Scholarship Committee, CU-Unite Urban Underserved Track (2010-2018)
  • CHA/PA Student Scholarship Committee, Primary Care (2010-2018)
  • Faculty Mentor, 3rd Year Clinical Capstone Projects (2013-2016)
  • Invited Member, Director of Operations Search Committee, Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (2015)
  • CHA/PA Faculty Liaison to the School of Medicine Global Track (2013-2014)
  • Invited Search Committee Participant, CHA/PA Program Director (2013)
  • IPE Clinical Curriculum Steering Committee (2012-2013)
  • Simulation Development Committee, Interprofessional Education Clinical Transformations (2011-2013)
  • Dean’s Strategic Planning Committee Education Mission Task Force (2012)
  • Faculty Liaison, Guatemala Local Clinic and Training Development Project (2012)
  • Faculty Liaison, Walter Sisulu University South Africa, American International Health Alliance Twinning Partnership, Clinical Associates Program Development (2010)
  • Faculty Liaison, University of Birmingham Medical School, United Kingdom, Pediatric Physician Assistant Program Feasibility Study (2010)

Miscellaneous

  • Chair, Education Committee, International Pediatric Simulation Society (2016 – present)
  • Assessment Council, Physician Assistant Education Association (2016 – present)
  • Education Committee, International Pediatric Simulation Society (2015 – present)
  • Peer Reviewer, AAMC MedEd Portal (2014-present)
  • Peer Reviewer, International Pediatric Simulation Society (2017)
  • Conference Curriculum Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association (2013 – 2016)
  • Peer Reviewer, Physician Assistant Education Association Conference (2013-2015)
  • Session Moderator, Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Conferences (2012-2015)
  • Volunteer Judge, Denver Science Fair, Museum of Nature and Science (2012-2015)
  • Medical Spanish Subcommittee, University Global Health Working Group (2011 – 2014)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • International Pediatric Simulation Society
    2014-present
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
    Member Faculty: 2010-present
  • Rocky Mountain Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
    2005-present
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    Fellow Member: 2003-present
  • Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants
    Fellow Member: 2003-present

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Honors and Awards


  • President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (PTLC)
    2015

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

  • Wong C, Nicklas D, Hanson J, Eckhardt D (2015). Introducing Digital Otoscopes in Pediatric Primary Care Curriculum. JMedEd Portal Publications.
  • Eckhardt D (2014). Changes in Self-Reported Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Before and After a Palliative Care CurriculumJournal of Physician Assistant Education, 2014(25), 22.
  • Eckhardt D, Luna-Asturias C (2013). Guatemala Guidebook. Center for Global Health.

 

Presentations

  • “Approach to the Adolescent: Mental Health in Primary Care”
    University of London St. George’s
    2016
  • “Primary Care Pediatrics: How to Incorporate Ideas of Prevention in the UK Health System”
    University of London St. George’s
    2016
  • “Standardized Patient Day of Development”
    Center for Advancing Professional Excellence, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    2016
  • “Developmental Clinical Evaluations: Assessing Students Over Time”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2015
  • “Developing Functional Proficiency in Medical Spanish: Creating a Longitudinal Curriculum”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2014
  • “Providing Formative Feedback: Trials and Tribulations”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2014
  • “OSCE Workshop: Developing Robust Student Evaluation Tools”
    Walter Sisulu University Faculty
    2014
  • “The Appreciative Inquiry Curriculum Retreat: Encouraging Positive Change”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2013
  • “Use of Simulation in Physician Assistant Education”
    Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Forum
    2013
  • “Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Programs in Guatemala”
    Global Health Symposium
    2013
  • “An Update on the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Curriculum, Missions, and Goals”
    The Education Committee
    2012
  • “Legalities of Documentation”
    Advanced Practice Council, Children’s Hospital
    2012
  • “Physician Assistant Education”
    Advanced Practice Council, Children’s Hospital
    2012
  • “Physician Assistant Longitudinal Medical Spanish Education in Guatemala”
    Global Health Symposium
    2012
  • “An Integrated Longitudinal Approach to Teaching Palliative and End of Life Care”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2012
  • “Simulation Advances in Medical Education”
    Committee for Faculty Affairs, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    2012
  • “Use of Simulation in Physician Assistant Education”
    Area Health Education Centers Annual Forum
    2012
  • “Opportunities and Obstacles of Implementing High Fidelity Simulation”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2011
  • “The Ins and Outs of Preparing Students for Successful Inpatient Clinical Rotations”
    Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Forum
    2011

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Research and Studies


  • i-Team: Interprofessional Technology Enhanced Advanced Practice Model; DHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration; $340,333.00 (2012-2013)
  • Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care; DHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration; $644,000.00
  • Understanding and Expanding a New Model of Simulation (Primed Observation, Skills Practice, and Reflection); $1,550.00

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Biographical Information


David is a Colorado native, having grown up in South Denver. He holds a Bachelor degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado, as well as a Physician Assistant certificate from the University of Colorado. Prior to working at RVU, he served as a faculty member and Director of Assessment at the Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant program for seven years. Clinically, he practices adolescent medicine in the Denver Health system. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys backpacking and winter camping in the Colorado mountains. He has also led a number of international trips including kayaking in Guatemala, adventure travel across Europe, and trekking in the Himalayas of India and Nepal. 

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