Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Profile

Michael Tieman, MD, FACS

Department Chair
Professor of Specialty Medicine

Department of Specialty Medicine

mtieman@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2414
RVUCOM-CO Campus  • FC-11

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


Education


  • General Surgery Residency Program
    Emory University Affiliated Hospitals
    Atlanta, GA
    1974-1979
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, OH
    1974
  • Bachelor of Sciences (cum laude)
    Valparaiso University Christ College Honors College
    Valparaiso, IN
    1970

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Professional Experience


  • 2014 – present: Surgical Director
    Rocky Vista University Institute of Surgical Simulation
  • 2013 – present: Chair and Professor, Department of Specialty Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2009 – 2013: Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2008 – 2009: Clinical Adjunct Professor
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2003 – 2006: Active Medical Staff, Department of Surgery
    Navapache Regional Medical Center
  • 2001 – 2006: Clinical Instructor in Surgery
    Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1999 – 2003: Active Medical Staff, Department of Surgery
    Mesa Lutheran Hospital/Valley Lutheran Hospital
  • 1999 – 2003: Active Medical Staff, Department of Surgery
    Desert Samaritan Medical Center
  • 1998 – 1999: Chief of Medical Staff
    Memorial Community Hospital
  • 1995 – 1999: Chief of Surgery
    Memorial Community Hospital
  • 1995 – 1999: Active Medical Staff
    Stoughton Hospital
  • 1995 – 1999: Active Medical Staff
    Memorial Community Hospital
  • 1996 – 1998: Vice-Chief of Medical Staff
    Memorial Community Hospital
  • 1981 – 1995: Surgical Preceptor
    University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program
  • 1992 – 1994: Medical Staff Secretary
    Ripon Memorial Hospital
  • 1986 – 1991: Director of Medical Education
    Ripon Memorial Hospital
  • 1988 – 1990: Chief of Surgery
    Ripon Memorial Hospital
  • 1980 – 1988: Director of Medical Education
    Berlin Memorial Hospital
  • 1982 – 1984: Active Medical Staff
    Ripon Memorial Hospital
  • 1982 – 1984: Consulting Medical Staff
    Ripon Memorial Hospital
  • 1982 – 1983: Vice Chief of Staff
    Berlin Memorial Hospital
  • 1980 – 1982: Chief of Surgery
    Berlin Memorial Hospital
  • 1980 – 1981: Director of Intensive Care Unit
    Berlin Memorial Hospital

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Certifications and Licenses


  • American Board of Surgery (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010)
  • Licensure:
    State of Colorado (2006-present)
    State of Wisconsin (1979-present)
    State of Arizona (1999-2007)
    State of Georgia (1975-1979)

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Service and Contributions


Memorial Community Hospital

  • Quality Assurance Committee (1999)
  • Hospital Board of Directors (1997-1999)
  • MCH Long-Range Planning Committee (1996-1999)
  • Medical Staff Executive Committee (1995-1999)
  • Medical Staff Quality Assurance Committee (1995-1997)
  • Medical Staff Credentials Committee (1995-1997)

Berlin Memorial Hospital

  • Surgery Committee (1987-1995)
  • Managed Care Task Force (1985-1995)
  • Long Range Planning Committee (1983-1995)
  • Medical-Industrial Liaison Committee (1983-1995)
  • QA/UR Committee (1988-1989)
  • Chairman, QA/UR Committee (1984-1985)
  • CEO Search Committee (1984)
  • Medical Staff Executive Committee (1981-1984)

Ripon Memorial Hospital

  • Surgery Committee (1986-1995)
  • Medical Staff Executive Committee (1992-1994)
  • Ethics Committee (1987-1989)

Miscellaneous

  • Denver Pet Partners Advisory Council (2014-present)
  • Volunteer, Medical Center of the Rockies, Pet Therapy Program (2007-2015)
  • Surgery Committee, Navapache Regional Medical Center (2003-2006)
  • Medical-Legal Consulting, Olson, Jantsch, and Bakker (2001-2006)
  • Surgery Committee, Mesa Lutheran Hospital/Valley Lutheran Hospital (1999-2003)
  • Committee on Policy and Procedures, Wisconsin Surgical Society (1997-1999)
  • Member, Subcommittee on Regulation and Competition, State Medical Society of Wisconsin (1984-1985)
  • Commissioner, Commission on Health Care Planning, State Medical Society of Wisconsin (1982-1985)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American College of Surgeons
    1983 – present
  • American Medical Association
    1979 – Present
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
    1991 – 2007
  • Arizona Chapter-American College of Surgeons
    2000 – 2006
  • Arizona Medical Association
    2000 – 2006
  • American College of Physician Executives
    2001 – 2005
  • Madison Surgical Society
  • 1996 – 1999
  • Rock County Medical Society
    1995 – 1999
  • Wisconsin Surgical Society
  • 1983 – 1999
  • State Medical Society of Wisconsin
    1979 – 1999
  • Green Lake – Waushara County Medical Society (1979 – 1995)
    Secretary: 1980 – 1985
  • Pan-Pacific Surgical Society
    1982-1984

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Honors and Awards


  • Skilled Item-Writer Recognition
    NBOME
    2012

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Effects of a Surgical Simulation Course on Surgical Clerkship Performance”
    ACS-AEI Spring Symposium
    2017
  • “Point Of Injury to Recovery Room Team Training Utilizing the Human Worn Trainer, “The Cut Suit” ”
    The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM)
    2016
  • “Developing The Tools Of The Future: How Will We Tell The Effectiveness Of Training”
    The Society in Europe for Simulation as Applied to Medicine (SESAM)
    2016
  • “Effects of a Surgical Simulation Course on Surgical Clerkship Performance”
    Rocky Vista University Research Appreciation Day
    2016
  • “The Effects of Total Immersion and Biometrics: The Course is Developed”
    International Trauma Life Support
    2015
  • “The Coming of Age for Simulation and Team Training in Serious Catastrophe”
    4th Annual International Congress on Emergencies in Trauma and Disasters
    2015
  • “The Key’s of Total Immersion Training New Methods of Measuring Efficacy”
    Federation de International Trauma Congress of Argentina Federal Health Care
    2015
  • “The Jump Past Textbooks to Life and Death Situations”
    6th International Clinical Skills Conference
    2015
  • “Modern Medicine meets Virtual Reality”
    Next Med 21
    2014
  • “The Coming of Age for Simulation and Team Training in Serious Catastrophe”
    3rd Annual International Congress on Emergencies in Trauma and Disasters
    2014
  • “The Key of Immersion Training = “Movie Magic” : The Willing Suspension of Disbelief”
    Federation de International Trauma Congress of Argentina Federal Health Care
    2014
  • “Effects of Weekly Interactive Web-Based Academic Sessions on Undergraduate Surgical Performance” (Poster Presentation)
    Rocky Vista University Research Appreciation Day
    2014
  • “Human Worn Partial Task Simulator-The Cut Suit is a Novel simulation technology made to improve medical student and both the physician surgical and procedural skills : Thus enhancing  the training in classroom  and the austere environment”
    International Clinical Skills Conference
    2013
  • “The Cut Suit, Innovative Technology that combines Invasive Surgical Procedures and Human Stress Factors on a live Patient in both a Medical School and on the Military Battlefield”
    International Forum for Military Training, Education and Simulation (ITEC)
    2013
  • “The Effects of Hyper-Realistic Medical Training on Military and N-Military Boarded Physicians and Medical Students”
    Military Health System Research Symposium
    2013
  • “Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Immersion Training for MS-II and Medical Providers”
    AMSUS 118th Meeting
    2013
  • “Human Worn Partial Task Surgical Simulator: A Novel Approach to Surgical Education”American College of Surgeons – AEI Postgraduate Course
    2013
  • “Immersion Training – Video Proof it Works
    Special Operations Medical Association
    2013
  • “The New way of Training Military Doctors”
    Association of Osteopathic Military Physicians
    2013
  • “Halstead is Dead: Move On”
    MT3 (Military Training and Technology)
    2012
  • “Surgery of the Thyroid”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine Winter Conference
    2011
  • “The Enlarged Lymph Node”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Conference
    2010
  • “Laparoscopic Herniorrhaphy”
    Green Lake Summer Conference
    1990

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Research and Studies


  • Medical Education
  • Medical Simulation
  • Medical Ethics
  • Legal Medicine
  • Advanced Laparoscopy (biliary tract, hernias, anti-reflux)
  • Surgical Oncology (breast, colon, thyroid, melanoma)
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Endocrine Surgery (thyroid, parathyroid)

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Biographical Information


Dr. Tieman is a general surgeon who serves RVUCOM as Chairman of the Department of Specialty Medicine. Dr. Tieman teaches in gross anatomy, various systems courses and medical ethics, and he works with Clinical Affairs in the third and fourth-year curriculum and clinical rotations. He advises many fourth-year students on their residency applications.  He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his general surgery residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He practiced surgery primarily in small rural hospitals in Wisconsin and Arizona. His surgical practice included a wide diversity of areas including c-sections and gynecological surgery, vascular surgery, upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery and endoscopy, endocrine surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. He served as a clinical preceptor at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona prior to joining RVUCOM.

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