Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University.
  • Clubs and Activities: Social Chair and Historian for the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) RVUCOM-CO chapter. Member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Rocky Vista University Announces Commencement Speaker, Dr. Stephen Shannon

[Parker, CO – April 26, 2018] Rocky Vista University (RVU) is pleased to announce that Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, will deliver the keynote speech at the Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Shannon, a board certified physician with over 30 years of experience, is President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the former Vice President for Health Services and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England. He has also served as Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans.

During his career, Dr. Shannon has championed many worthy causes and has a strong history of leadership in public health and preventative medicine. He is the current President of the Federation of Schools of the Health Professionals and a member of the Veterans Administration’s National Academic Affiliations Council.

“Dr. Shannon is becoming a legend in the osteopathic medical education community based on his work in Maine as the Dean at the University of New England and now the President of AACOM,” said Clint Adams, DO, FACHE, President and CEO of Rocky Vista University, “While at AACOM, he has opened many previously closed doors for our member colleges, created positions on nationally recognized medical education committees, taskforces and even the ACGME.  He is more than a friend and confidant­— he is a mentor to many.”

The event will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. The doors will open at 4:00 pm with the ceremony set to begin an hour later. One-hundred fifty students will graduate from RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, while twenty-six students will graduate from the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

RVU’s military graduates will be commissioned by General James P. McCarthy. Prior to retiring in 1992, General McCarthy served as Deputy Commander in Chief of the United States European Command, as well as the ARDI Professor of National Security at the United States Air Force Academy.

RVU continues its trend of placing graduates into some of the nation’s best residencies (osteopathic, allopathic, and military). The top specialties graduates will be entering are Internal Medicine (17%), Family Medicine (15%), Emergency Medicine (13%), and Anesthesiology (11%).