Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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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, please contact SPmail@rvu.edu.

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.