Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
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Standardized Patient Program

Standardized Patients are trained to accurately portray the role of a patient with a specific medical condition. They bring a new dimension to the world of medical education, by providing students with “hands-on practice” 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. The Standardized Patient Program’s primary objective is to ensure that all graduates possess these essential skills.

If you are interested in becoming a Standardized Patient:

Who can participate in the program?

The program is committed to providing opportunities for health professions students to interact with a diverse patient population reflective of actual clinical practice. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, educations, cultures, and experiences are encouraged to participate.

We are looking for people:

  • From all walks of life
  • With excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • With a genuine interest in helping students learn
  • With reasonably flexible hours
  • Who are comfortable dealing with health professionals
  • Who are reliable and punctual

Will I get paid?

Standardized patients earn an hourly rate that varies depending on the activity.

What will I have to do?

You will participate in several training sessions prior to exam day. On the exam day, you will see and evaluate several student doctors. These visits will consist of an interview, a physical exam, and a communication evaluation.

Where will the sessions take place?

Rocky Vista University
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Human Performance & Evaluation Testing Center
8401 S. Chambers Road
Parker, Colorado 80134

When will the sessions take place?

Sessions can take place anytime during the work week (Monday through Friday). Some evening and Saturday sessions will be coordinated, when warranted.

Why should I become a Standardized Patient?

Standardized Patients enjoy participating in the education of future healthcare providers. They also enjoy interacting with students and their instructors. Many Standardized Patients directly benefit by becoming more empowered communicators with medical personnel and more active participants in their own healthcare decisions.