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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Rocky Vista University Announces Commencement Speaker, Dr. Scott Ellner

RVU is pleased to announce that Scott Ellner, DO, will be providing the keynote address at the University’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

                   Scott Ellner, DO

A board-certified physician specializing in general surgery, Dr. Ellner serves as Group President for Physician Alignment at Centura Health where he provides leadership to Centura Health Physician Group, Colorado Health Neighborhoods, and FullWell. He is also an educator and public health leader, having authored 20-plus publications and 200-plus speaking engagements. Previously, he served as CEO of Centura Health Physician Group, providing whole-person care at the multi-specialty group.

Dr. Ellner is committed to ensuring a collaborative environment between physicians, patients and hospitals to achieve optimal patient care outcomes. He is responsible for multiple patient safety initiatives, as well as guiding Saint Francis Medical Group (a 400-povider multi-specialty practice in Connecticut) to be adaptable in the face of a changing reimbursement and regulatory environment.

“When we select commencement speakers we are focused on role models who exemplify RVU’s Mission and Core Values,” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, RVU President and CEO. “Scott is an osteopathic physician who has used his education to serve others with excellence, integrity and compassion. We are privileged to share this very important moment in time with our phenomenal RVU graduates.”

The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 5 pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Doors will open an hour in advance. RVU will award degrees to 151 graduates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and 24 graduates from the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

The commissioning officer for military graduates will be Major General Ronald J. Place, MD, Director of the National Capital Region Medical Directorate and Transitional Intermediate Management Organization within the Defense Health Agency. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. MG Place’s exemplary service in the U.S. Army has led to numerous awards for clinical excellence including the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Combat Medic Badge.