Student Spotlight

Uday Patel, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Graduate studies: Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Clubs and Activities: I am a Peer Mentor and member of the RVU Rotary Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I primarily chose RVU because of how close it is to my family and the friends that I grew...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brooks Beal, DO

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Dublin, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro University Nevada.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach both years of Primary Care Medicine. Why did you choose to teach...
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Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery

20150804_1stSurgeryRotation_RVU (38)Celebrating ten years in existence, RVU’s simulation program was expanded and renamed the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery (SIMS) in 2019. Over 16,000 square feet of space in Colorado and over 10,000 square feet in Utah is dedicated to hands-on education to all members of the healthcare team, to learners at many stages of their careers. Medical and Physician Assistant students gain experience in ultrasonography, vascular access, sterile surgical technique, perioperative care and simulated hospital rounds. EMS and Paramedic students practice resuscitation techniques, intubation and cricothyrotomy. General Surgery Residents hone their skills at trauma laparotomies, while Family Medicine Residents improve their gynecologic procedural and wound care capabilities. Practicing physicians can refine Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery techniques. Simulation events are being added to the curricula of all programs at RVU at both campuses and included in Special Track Programs, Student Clubs and Organizations and Community Outreach Events. 



RVU’s Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery has the distinction of being recognized as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons. It is the first osteopathic medical school to receive this prestigious accreditation. Rigorous reporting metrics are involved in the Annual Compliance Report and Accreditation cycles, overseen by the SIMS Advisory Board.  



Acquiring and incorporating various levels of technology every year, RVU faculty often teaches surgical technique using a human-worn, partial task surgical simulator known as a Cut Suit™”. RVU was the first medical school in the country to employ this technology. The Cut Suit is a lifelike, wearable bodysuit that contains battery-operated, blood-filled vessels and organs, producing the accurate look and feel of actual intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic contents. Learners gain realistic surgical experience and confidence. The Cut Suit™ is also used in simulated disaster scenarios and Mass Casualty Incidents, including at an Intensive Surgical Skills Course attended by First Responders and military students and personnel. Numerous interactive electronic mannikins are programmed for Internal Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric and neonatal case scenarios and simulation competitions. Cadaveric simulations improve training in numerous disciplines. Increasingly, RVU’s 3D printer is utilized for production of anatomical body part facsimiles. 

Standardized Patient Program

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Specially trained actors, Standardized Patients, accurately portray the role of a patient with a specific medical condition. They provide students with direct human interaction in a safe learning environment. Performing a competent physical exam, taking a thorough medical history, and building a rapport with patients are fundamental clinical skills that all graduates should possess. RVU’s Standardized Patient Program’s primary objective is to ensure that all graduates possess these essential skills. Feedback is given by faculty, staff, as well as the standardized Patient Educators, and is valued by students in their health care education.  

Learn more about the Standardized Patient Program



Simulation research is robust at RVU. Researchers at the Office of SIMS present abstracts, posters and papers in many conferences and conventions nationally and internationally. The Office of SIMS assists students in medical simulation research including obtaining equipment, IRB submissions, submitting to conferences, and connecting students with local hospitals, police and fire departments. Interested students can also participate in the Sim Scholar program, providing additional simulation mentoring. Numerous students participate in the annual Simulation Team Competition and can advance to Regional and National events.  


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