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

Walter Buck, PhD

Department Chair
Professor of Structural Medicine
Department of Structural Medicine

wbuck@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2812
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FA-08


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


 

Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Ohio State University Graduate School, Department of Anatomy
    Columbus, OH
    1985
  • Bachelor of Science
    Biology and Zoology
    Ohio State University
    Columbus, OH
    1971

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Professional Experience


  • 2014 – present: Neuroscience System Course Director
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2010 – present: Musculoskeletal System Course Director
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2007 – present: Chair, Department of Structural Medicine
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2007 – present: Professor
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2009: Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2001 – 2007: Professor, Department of Anatomy
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2006 – 2007: Director of Lecture Discussion Pathway
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2001 – 2006: Associate Dean of Preclinical Education
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1993 – 2001: Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1990 – 1992: Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy
    University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1987 – 1990: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy
    University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1985 – 1987: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy
    Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Service and Contributions


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • On-Site Coordinator, Douglas County High School Premedical Anatomy Program
    Chaparral High School (2011-present)
  • Curriculum Committee (2007-2008, 2010-present)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Club Advisor (2010-present)
  • Admissions Committee (2007-present)
  • SOSA Faculty Advisor (2010-2013)
  • Curriculum Task Force (2010)
  • Strategic Planning Committee (2009)
  • Advisor to First- and Second-Year Students (2008-2009)
  • Student Performance Committee (2008-2009)
  • Chair, Faculty Promotion and Credential Committee (2007-2011)

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Primary Care Scholars Pathway Committee (2005-2007)
  • Orientation Committee (2005-2006)
  • PBL Advisory Committee (2004-2007)
  • Faculty Advisor to SOSA (2001-2007)
  • Executive Board Member LECOMPT (OPTI) (2001-2006)
  • Member OGME Committee (2001-2006)
  • Commencement Committee (2001-2006)
  • Curriculum Committee (2001-2006)
  • Problem Based Learning Executive Committee (2001-2003)
  • Faculty Marshal (1997-2007)
  • Animal Care Committee (1997-2002)
  • Chair, Faculty Evaluation Protocol Committee (1995)
  • Student Promotions and Graduation Committee (1994-2006)
  • Advisor to First-Year Students (1993-2007)
  • Interview Committee (1993-2007)    
  • Class Advisor to the Classes of 1996 and 1999
  • Admissions Committee (1993, 2001-2007)

University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Student Recruitment Committee (1990-1992)
  • Loss Control Committee (1989-1992)
  • Interview Committee (1988-1992)
  • Curriculum Committee (1988-1992)
  • Advisor to First-Year Students (1987-1992)

Miscellaneous

  • Elsevier Science Editorial Advisory Board for Gray’s Anatomy for Medical Students (2003 – present)
  • Humanity Gifts Registry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Executive Committee
  • Anatomical and Technical Editorial Advisor for Handbook of Hip and Knee Replacement by Ronald Hugate, Jr., M.D. and Robert Holland, PMP (2011)
  • Member, AOA Evaluators Registry (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005-2008)
  • Member, NBOME Test Construction Committee: Level I Item Rating Committee (1999-2006); Musculoskeletal Subcommittee (1998); Gross Anatomy Subcommittee (1997)
  • Reviewer for Basic Human Anatomy by Carpenter et al. (2000)
  • Member, AACA Educational Affairs Committee (1995–1997)
  • Reviewer for the Journal of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • Consultant to Marion Merrill Dow concerning investigative protocol for the development of a new topical analgesic (1991-1992)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists
    1995 – present
  • Society for Neuroscience
    1979 – 1981

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Honors and Awards


  • William Osler Award for Teaching Excellence in Biomedical Sciences
    2009-2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award
    Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2002
  • Professor of the Year
    LECOM’s Class of 2000
    1997
  • Outstanding Basic Science Teaching Award
    UHSCOM’s Class of 1995
  • Certificate of Appreciation
    UHSCOM’s Class of 1991 and Class of 1993

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

Presentations

  • “Clinical Anatomy of the Hand”, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
    1999
  • “The Anatomical Basis of Manipulative Medicine”, Congress on Alternative Medicine, Conamaugh Health Systems
    1999
  • “Clinical anatomy of the Upper Limb”, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association
    1998

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Research and Studies


  • Computer assisted biomechanical analysis of ligament strain utilizing mercury filled strain gauges and force cell transducers.
  • Retrograde axonal transport techniques utilizing HRP and fluorescent compounds.
  • Cryostat sectioning and fluorescent microscopy.

Biographical Information


Walter R. Buck, PhD, received both his Bachelor of Science and PhD degrees from Ohio State University. Dr. Buck taught at University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (also serving for a time as Associate Dean for Preclinical Education) before finally coming to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM). Dr. Buck chose to teach at RVUCOM because he agreed that Colorado needed a college of osteopathic medicine.

After assembling the Visible Man model and visiting the Cleveland Health Museum as a child, Dr. Buck’s interest prompted him to begin giving formal presentations on the human body to his classmates in the 5th and 6th grades. His fascination with anatomical sciences continues today, fifty years later. “When it became time to choose a career that would both be stable throughout my life and keep me interested, anatomy seemed a good choice for two reasons: the world always needs physicians, and with human diversity, during dissection, it’s much like Forrest Gump said, ‘You never know what you’re gonna get’.”

Having always been interested in intricate and artful endeavors, Dr. Buck sees the experiences in his life as being very congruent. Teaching anatomy, gymnastics, automotive restoration, and Bonsai reflect these congruencies. He became an assistant coach while attending graduate school after having competed in Division 1 College level gymnastics. “The year I received my Ph.D., we also won the NCAA National Gymnastics Championship for the first time. It was a great way to leave Ohio State and begin a new career.” Dr. Buck still restores early model Mustangs and has just completed a 1965 Mustang fastback restored as a Shelby GT 350 clone. He also displays show-quality Bonsai trees nationally and at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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