Student Spotlight

Zach Wagner, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Napa, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology / Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Clubs and Activities: SGA, Vice President of Student Welfare (Class of 2019)

Why did you choose RVU? I was excited about RVU’s innovative curriculum and quiet rooms for the babies to watch lectures too. What do you like...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brian Schwartz, PhD, MLIS

Director of Library Sciences; Associate Professor of Medical Humanities

  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: English and Philosophy
  • Graduate Studies: Masters in Library and Information Science; Doctorate in Information Management

What class do you teach? Evidence-based medicine and a few guest shots in Primary Care Medicine Why did you...
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RVU’s Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation Receives Accreditation by ACS

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is pleased to announce that its top-of-the-line simulation center has received reaccreditation as a Comprehensive Education Institute. The center, named the Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation, was subject to a site visit, application review, and performance report by the Accreditation Review Committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).


Surgical Simulation CenterWhile RVU previously received accreditation for the Surgical Simulation Center by ACS, this designation as a Comprehensive Education Institute is considered an “upgrade” by the accrediting organization. This designation allows RVU to deliver all manner of accredited simulation programs in the future. To date, RVU is the only osteopathic college to receive this accreditation by ACS. Additionally, it is the only medical school in the Mountain West region to hold this accreditation.


As part of the Institute of Medical and Surgical Simulation, medical students of the University are able to perform surgery using the cut suit (a human-worn body suit which simulates realistic trauma). Additionally, students and surgical residents practice techniques such as suturing, ultrasound, intubation, crichothyrotomies, and other important procedures and skills.


“This is truly a great honor,” said Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., Dean of RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and Chief Academic Officer of RVU. “Congratulations to all who made this possible. It is a tribute to the entire RVU team.”


The University recently added the core value of “Innovation” to its previous values, focusing its attentions on consistently improving technology and practices with the goal of furthering medical education.