Student Spotlight

Matt McMaster, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Undergraduate Studies: Psychology, minor in Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: President of the Student Government Association, Physician Scientist Honors Track

What are your medical interests? Internal medicine. Maybe hematology-oncology, but I haven’t decided just yet. What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the...
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Faculty Spotlight

David R. Crimin, DO, CMD

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Undergraduate Studies: Weber State College, Ogden, UT.
  • Graduate Studies: Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. Internship at Doctors Hospital Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO and Residency at Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Family Medicine Center. I spent nearly 27 years in a Rural Family Medicine, hospital and ED practice in Richfield, UT.

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College of Osteopathic Medicine

The faculty and staff of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) are committed to osteopathic philosophy and heritage, and to advancing the science and the art of the practice of osteopathic medicine. We feel that in doing so, we can best serve the needs of our students and the patients they will care for throughout their professional careers. The college is committed to producing not only competent but also professional, ethical and compassionate physicians who are holistic in scope and philosophy.

The College is dedicated to recruiting, supporting and providing an osteopathic medical education for students from the Mountain West region, yet welcomes students from across the country to join us in the shadow of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. RVUCOM strives to recruit and educate individuals committed to becoming community-based, primary care physicians who will assist in meeting the needs of the wide diversity of patients they will encounter during their careers, and who will be equipped to adapt to the demands of a changing health care system. It is RVUCOM’s goal that all of its graduates will be prepared and competitive to enter any discipline upon graduation while attempting to influence them to enter critically needed primary care specialties.

The principles of education that guide RVUCOM include early clinical integration and experience for its students; a supportive, active and interactive learning environment; and an integrated curriculum designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies required to prepare a student to enter graduate medical education and support life-long professional growth and learning.

RVUCOM has new, spacious and technically-sophisticated state-of-the-art facilities, along with an outstanding faculty, which together, provides the physical and intellectual resources required to deliver a quality medical education for its students in a positive, personal and educational environment.

RVUCOM’s extensive community partnerships ensures that the clinical sites and clinical faculty needed for the education of its students are available within the region, and that the student’s education will continue under the supervision and guidance of college appointed faculty. The COM is actively engaged in developing the graduate medical education opportunities that will be required and desired by graduates as well as other osteopathic and allopathic physicians within our community partners and at affiliated sites.

RVUCOM-CO at a Glance

– Programmatic accreditation by Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
– Admits approximately 3.4% of applicant pool
– Mean MCAT scores and GPAs exceed national mean of all COM students
– Board scores ranked at top of all COMs
– 99% placement into residency programs
– Among highest percentage of medical students on military scholarship of any civilian medical school
– Designated as Military Friendly School for five years
– First medical school to have a cut suit
– 2018 Residency Placement Rates: Military: 11.9%; AOA: 27.8%; NRMP: 59.6%

RVUCOM-CO’s Class of 2022:
– Mean MCAT score: 505.06
– Mean Cumulative GPA: 3.59
– Mean Science GPA: 3.50
– 45% men, 55% women
– Average age: 25.2
– Highest Degree Earned: 75% Bachelors; 25% Masters

RVUCOM Mission Statement

To educate and inspire students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and lifelong learners prepared to meet the diverse healthcare needs of tomorrow through innovative education, relevant research, and compassionate service.

 

RVUCOM Vision Statement

RVUCOM promotes the incorporation of traditional osteopathic principles and philosophy with an emphasis on wellness, holistic care, and the integration of structure and function in all of its educational efforts.

RVUCOM promotes an educational model that provides an opportunity for success to its students and graduates by a) providing access to quality educators, clinicians, and researchers; b) the promotion of active learning by its students; and c) the encouragement of individual responsibility.

RVUCOM encourages life-long learning through its emphasis on developing educational skills and competency in its students along with the promotion of problem solving skills and an appreciation for scientific inquiry.

RVUCOM strives to graduate osteopathic physicians who are prepared to enter and succeed in all areas or disciplines of graduate medical education.

RVUCOM promotes the advancement and distribution of medical knowledge through its support of research and scholarly activity by its faculty, staff, and students.

RVUCOM strives to prepare physicians dedicated to improving access to quality, competent, and timely healthcare for all, with an emphasis on developing primary care physicians to improve medical access for at-risk and rural populations, provide public service and advance public health.

RVUCOM strives to provide a curriculum and learning environment that will integrate a strong foundation of medical knowledge with the professional, cultural, and ethical traits desired in its students and graduates.

RVUCOM strives for excellence in all its activities and is dedicated to being a leader in the osteopathic profession and in its community.

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Founder of Osteopathic Medicine

The philosophy of osteopathic medicine originated from the teachings of Virginian Andrew Taylor Still more than 100 years ago and is based on the belief that, given the optimum conditions, the human body has the amazing ability to heal, that the structure of the human body is directly related to the function, and that the health of the individual is related to the body, mind, and spirit.

 

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

DSC_0078Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are one of the only two groups of physicians who are licensed and qualified for the unlimited practice of medicine and surgery in all 50 states. DOs, like their colleagues, MDs, or doctors of allopathic medicine, provide professional services to advance the health and well being of patients across this country and around the world.

Osteopathic physicians complete four years of medical school and three to seven years of resident training before entering practice. The practice of osteopathic medicine and the practice of individual osteopathic physicians is as diverse as the wide spectrum of professionals who chose the profession. D.O.’s practice as specialists in all medical disciplines, in educational institutions, in research facilities and public health institutions. Osteopathic physicians provide health care services in hospitals and clinics across the nation, utilizing the spectrum and all of the tools of modern medicine. In addition, osteopathic physicians believe that secondary to their training and philosophy, they provide additional benefits for their patients.

DOs place an emphasis on wellness and preventive medicine. Their training and philosophy also teaches them to place an emphasis on the interrelationship of structure and function. By utilizing a patient center style of practice, DOs work with their patients to foster healthy lifestyles that concentrate on preventing illness, not merely treating pathology. Utilizing Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), DOs support and augment the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

OMM_CadetOsteopathic medicine has a century-old tradition of caring for diverse groups of people, often in rural and underserved settings. It has a traditional emphasis on primary care, but the profession has grown and diversified at the same time the science and practice of medicine has grown to the point that today it is a scientifically based, outcome directed profession. The profession honors its history and heritage by maintaining emphasis on the total patient, on serving those in need, on the relationship between structure and function and by avoiding concentration on the disease rather than the patient.

 

What DOs Bring to Medicine

  • The osteopathic profession prepares students to practice in all disciplines of medicine, with an emphasis on primary care and community-based medicine.
  • DOs practice a “patient-centered” approach, which recognizes that the physician must address the patient’s sociological and psychological universe in order to improve the quality and duration of their life.
  • Osteopathic physicians concentrate on disease prevention and health promotion, believing that this approach is the basic path to wellness for their patients.
  • DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system–your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the way that an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect another.
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated into the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illne ss and injury and to encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health. By combining all other available medical options with OMT, DOs offer their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM)

The RVUCOM Office of Admissions works closely with the Dean and the Admissions Committee to coordinate all aspects of the new student recruitment process including the recruitment, application, interview and matriculation process. The department is responsible for the marketing of the College to health advisors and students to support the matriculation of students who will advance the mission and vision of the College and University. We are here to assist you. Whether you are currently in college, just graduating, out in the workforce and contemplating a career change, or just thinking about the possibility of becoming an osteopathic physician, feel free to contact us. We will gladly provide campus tours, conduct transcript evaluations, and answer any questions you might have regarding the admission process. We can help walk you through the process if you are ready to apply and help you develop your game plan if you are in the early stages of your premed curriculum.

 

Academic Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements, which have been established by the Board of Trustees:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • The following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to matriculation:

– General Biology (12 semester hours including lab)
– General Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
– Organic Chemistry (8 semester hours including lab)
– Biochemistry (3 semester hours)
– Physics (8 semester hours including lab)
– English or Literature (6 semester hours)
– Behavioral or Social Sciences (6 semester hours)

*No grade below a “C” will be considered to fulfill requirements. Note: Additional upper division coursework such as Human Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, and Cellular Biology is highly recommended.

  • A minimum science and cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    Note: The chances for admission for a candidate with minimal grades are limited. Admission would require outstanding achievement on the part of the candidate during their career or unique individual circumstances. Preference will be given to candidates with a science and cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine each of the past three years have GPAs greater than 3.4.
  • All candidates are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three (3) years of matriculation.  MCAT scores must reflect a cumulative score of 500 or higher. RVUCOM does not combine the highest scores in each section from multiple exams.
    Note: The mean MCAT score for the Class of 2022 was 505.06. The mean GPAs for the Class of 2022 were 3.50 (science) and 3.59 (overall).
  • Students must provide official transcripts from all colleges attended where a degree was earned prior to matriculation. In the event of coursework completed at foreign institutions, the applicant must submit official detailed course-by-course evaluations completed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies is available in the University Handbook & Catalog.

 

Transfer of Credit

Each medical school’s curriculum is unique and based upon that school’s longitudinal timetable. The medical school curriculum at RVUCOM is a four- year longitudinal course of study in which the coursework builds upon previously learned precepts.  Therefore, requests for transfer are discouraged and will rarely be considered unless there are highly compelling circumstances. Circumstances may warrant that a student enrolled in a college of medicine seeks to transfer to another institution. Credits may be transferred from medical schools and colleges accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  RVUCOM will not consider transfer requests from students enrolled at a foreign medical school or LCME accredited program.

  • Transfers from one college of osteopathic medicine to another shall require that at a minimum the last two years of instruction be completed within RVUCOM.
  • Transfers shall be accepted and transfer credits shall be given only if the student is in good standing and eligible for readmission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.
  • Credit is only given for completed courses with grades of 70 percent (C) or greater.

RVUCOM transcripts will reflect the cumulative credit hours transferred in from the previous medical school.  Information regarding grades or class rank from the previous school will not be reflected on the RVU transcript. Students who transfer into RVUCOM will not receive a class rank. Anyone wishing to transfer to RVUCOM must:

  • Provide a written statement outlining reasons for the request for transfer. All information is to be sent to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management and External Relations. Decisions regarding transfer are made by the Dean and will be based on factors including academic record, circumstances leading to the transfer request, available space, and admission standards.
  • Provide a letter from the Dean of the transferring institution verifying that the student is in good standing and be eligible to continue.
  • Submit a copy of their AACOMAS application.
  • Meet all admission requirements to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which include submitting official transcripts of all college work where a degree was earned, transcripts from the medical school attended including the final transcript showing the successful completion of the first two years, MCAT scores; national board scores, and letters of evaluation.
  • Take USMLE Step 1 and pass COMLEX-USA Level 1 prior to starting rotations.
  • Pass a background check and drug screen.
  • Submit required medical forms.

 

Application Process

The following information describes the application process for those seeking admission into the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM):

Step 1 – Complete the AACOMAS Application
RVUCOM participates in a centralized application service, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). Through AACOMAS, candidates can file one electronic application. AACOMAS then verifies and distributes the information to each of the colleges designated by the candidate.

AACOMAS 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 250
Bethesda, MD 20814
(617) 612-2889 (M-F; 9am to 5pm EST)
aacomasinfo@liaisoncas.com
www.aacom.org

Step 2 – Invitation to Complete the RVUCOM Supplemental Application
Candidates who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to submit a supplemental application via email.

  • RVUCOM’s Minimum Academic Requirements: Minimal requirements for consideration for admission have been established by the Board of Trustees as a science and cumulative GPA of 3.0. It should be noted that the chances for admission for a candidate with minimal grades are limited. Admission would require outstanding achievement on the part of the candidate during his or her career or unique individual circumstances. On average, candidates admitted to colleges of osteopathic medicine during the last three years had GPAs of greater than 3.6.
  • MCAT Information: All candidates must submit their most recent scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) through AACOMAS. Scores older than three years of the anticipated year of matriculation will not be considered. A composite score of 500 or higher is required to receive a supplemental application. Click here for additional MCAT information.

Candidates who initially do not meet the minimum academic requirements are welcome to resubmit updated information through AACOMAS. Candidates will be invited to proceed through the process upon verification that the minimum requirements have been met. Candidates meeting these minimum requirements will receive an email containing login information for the supplemental application. The supplemental application is returned electronically along with the non-refundable $60 processing fee. Candidates awarded an AACOMAS fee waiver will be granted a fee waiver for RVUCOM’s supplemental application. For submission instructions on the fee waiver, visit: http://www.aacom.org/become-a-doctor/applying/aacomas/fee-waiver

The deadline for the 2018-2019 AACOMAS application is March 15. The deadline for the 2018-2019 supplemental application is April 15. A candidate’s file is considered complete upon the receipt of the supplemental application, processing fee, a letter of evaluation from the candidate’s pre-professional committee or advisor (two letters from science instructors who have taught the candidate graded coursework in the natural or biomedical sciences may be substituted), and a letter of recommendation from a US-trained physician. The Office of Admissions reviews all completed files and notifies candidates of their interview status via the Admissions Portal. The Office of Admissions typically provides candidates with several interview day options.

Matriculation Process

After receiving the initial offer of provisional admission to the COM, candidates must fulfill the conditions set forth in the matriculation agreement including:

  • Payment of three non-refundable deposits totaling $2,000. RVUCOM follows the guidelines set forth by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) relative to deposit due dates. Deposits will be applied to tuition.
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework and a minimum of an earned Bachelor’s degree.
  • Successful passage of a drug screen and background check. This screening must meet the COM standards, be conducted by an agency approved by the COM, and occur prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement. An applicant who has a deficiency or abnormality discovered on either screening will be referred to a sub-committee of the Student Performance Committee for further investigation. The sub-committee will make a recommendation to the Dean as to whether the offer of admission should be maintained or withdrawn. The Dean will make the final determination regarding the applicant’s status.
  • Completion of required medical documentation sent to the Office of the Registrar prior to the date specified in the matriculation agreement.
  • Submission of a waiver demonstrating proof of medical insurance coverage or enrollment in the plan provided by the University.
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with proof of an earned Bachelor’s degree. If the degree is not posted prior to matriculation, the candidate must provide a letter from the Registrar’s office verifying that the degree requirements have been met and stating when the official transcript with the posted degree will be available. In the event of coursework completed at foreign institutions, the applicant must submit official detailed course by course evaluations completed by an approved agency. A list of these agencies is available in the RVU Handbook & Catalog.
  • Any other requirements set forth in the matriculation agreement.

Each year, RVUCOM will enroll approximately 150 new students in Colorado. The level of competition for these seats will be determined by the number of applications received during the admissions cycle and the academic competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Collaborative Admission Process

Colorado State University: RVUCOM will hold up to six (6) seats annually for graduates of Colorado State University’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program.  To be considered for admission, candidates must:

  • Meet the minimum admissions requirements set forth by RVUCOM;
  • Have completed the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (1 year) degree requirements at the time of RVUCOM matriculation;
  • Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.4 in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (1 year);
  • Complete an AACOMAS application prior to March 15th (note: candidates will NOT have to submit a supplemental application); and
  • Provide a letter of reference from a physician.

CSU-BMS will provide RVUCOM with a list of the recommended candidates and RVUCOM will make the final decision. CSU-BMS will recommend candidates based on a holistic review of the applicant. Any CSU-BMS candidate who is not selected to participate in the program is eligible to apply to RVUCOM via the traditional process.

The 2018-2019 tuition for the College of Osteopathic Medicine is $54,980.00. Additional program fees may apply and may be announced by the administration at any time. The following annual fees will also apply to all COM students:

OMS-I

Student Services: $200
Student Health Insurance: $4,296

OMS-II

Student Services: $200
Student Health Insurance: $4,296

OMS-III

Student Services: $80
Student Health Insurance: $4,296

OMS-IV

Student Services: $80
Student Health Insurance: $4,296


The University reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without advanced notice. Students will be billed for tuition and fees for each semester approximately 30 days prior to the beginning of each term. Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the first day of class. Late tuition payments or failure to make arrangements to pay tuition will result in the student being removed from class and/or clinical rotations. All students are required to obtain health insurance prior to matriculation and maintain their individual health insurance throughout their time of enrollment at the University. Students are automatically enrolled in the RVU Student Health Insurance plan and will be billed for the annual premium with their fall tuition. Students may waive RVU insurance if they can document equivalent coverage. Refer to the section on Student Health Insurance for more information.

Tuition Payment

Tuition and fees are due and payable in full by the first day of the fall and spring semesters unless the student has sufficient financial aid awarded to cover the balance due. RVU does not offer a tuition payment plan. Tuition payments may be made by check, credit card, or ACH transaction. Matriculated students will have access to a payment portal for credit card or ACH payments. Any checks submitted must indicate the student’s name and student number, and should be made out to “Rocky Vista University.”

Tuition Refund

A student who withdraws (either voluntarily or involuntarily) before the first day of class of a semester for which they have already paid their tuition and fees will receive a 100% refund for that semester, with the exception of any non-refundable deposits which will be retained by the University. Students who matriculate into the University, begin classes or rotations, and subsequently withdraw (either voluntarily or involuntarily) within the first seven calendar days of a semester shall receive a refund equal to the amount of their tuition for that semester less $4,000. Fees may be refunded with the exception of charges already incurred as of the date of withdrawal. Students who withdraw (either voluntarily or involuntarily) from the University after the first seven days of class or rotations but before the thirtieth calendar day of the semester shall receive a refund of 50% of the amount of tuition paid for that semester. No fees will be refunded. Important Note: All dismissals are deemed involuntary withdrawals from the University. Students who are on a voluntary or administrative leave of absence will not be eligible for refunds. Any exceptions to this refund policy must be made by the Dean of the College.

On-Campus Event

Transcript Review Workshops and Informational Tours

RVU offers tours on scheduled days listed below. We host an optional transcript review workshop during the first hour, followed by an informational tour the second hour. These dates tend to fill up very quickly, please RSVP using the links below as early as possible.

Off-Campus Events

October 6 – 9 – OMED – San Diego, CA – San Diego Convention Center

October 6 – University of California, Davis – Davis, CA

October 10 – University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO

November 17 – Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students – Indianapolis, IL

For more information, please contact admissions@rvu.edu.

Health and Technical Standards

All candidates must meet health and technical standards to be admitted to, participate in and graduate from the medical education programs of RVUCOM. Because the DO degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into diverse postgraduate training programs, RVUCOM graduates must have the knowledge and skills required to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and must be prepared to provide a wide spectrum of patient care. A candidate for the DO degree must have abilities and skills in the areas described below and meet the standards described as an obligation to patients and society.

Reasonable accommodations will be made as required by law; however, the candidate/student must be able to meet all technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation. Please refer to the section on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The use of a trained intermediary necessarily requires that a candidate’s judgment be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation, and is not a permissible accommodation. Enrolled students who are unable to meet these standards may be asked to appear before the Student Performance Committee and may be subject to dismissal.

Immunizations:

Students must satisfy all requirements for immunizations at the time of admission and throughout their medical school career. Failure to do so will prevent matriculation or, in the case of an enrolled student, lead to dismissal.

Observation: Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic and clinical sciences. This includes but is not limited to the ability to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation requires the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensations.

Communication:

Candidates should be able to speak, hear and observe patients in order to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity and posture; and perceive nonverbal communications. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication (in English) includes not only speech but also reading and writing. A candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively in verbal and written form with all members of the health care team.

Sensory/Motor:

Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers. A candidate should be able to perform basic laboratory tests (urinalysis, CBC, blood glucose testing, etc.), carry out diagnostic procedures (endoscopy, paracentesis, etc.), and read EKGs and X-rays. A candidate should be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care, osteopathic manipulation and emergency treatments to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of physicians are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, administration of intravenous medication, application of pressure to stop bleeding, opening of obstructed airways, suturing of simple wounds and performance of simple obstetric maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and functional use of the senses of touch and vision. Candidates must be able to lift a minimum of 40 pounds and stand for a minimum of one hour.

Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities:

Candidates must possess conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, including measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationship of structures. Candidates must be able to sit in a classroom and participate in a full eight-hour day. The practice of medicine requires periods of distinct concentration in surgery, trauma, emergency room care, and other patient settings. Candidates must be capable of extended periods of intense concentration and attention.

Behavior and Social Attributes:

Candidates must have the emotional health required for full use of the intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admission and educational processes.

Osteopathic Principles and Practices (OPP) and Principles of Clinical Medicine (PCM) Laboratory Policies

All OPP and PCM courses include didactic presentations, demonstrations, practical laboratory experiences and clinical opportunities. During these activities, students establish their knowledge and ability to recognize and utilize the relationships between structures and function that are integral to osteopathic medicine.

The student must develop the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate the principles and coordinate the proper osteopathic and clinical techniques to prevent and treat pathology and dysfunction. Concurrently, the students will learn other medical approaches to the treatment of disease and dysfunction in the systems courses. Each course provides education on the principles, philosophy and history of osteopathic medicine, examination and evaluation of the patient, and the proper selection and application of osteopathic treatments and techniques. The OPP and PCM courses require the active participation of all students in the laboratory setting where the student, through the active and tactile examination of others along with reciprocal examination, will learn and demonstrate the ability to evaluate and proficiently treat their future patients.

The training of an osteopathic physician requires the ability to perform tactile examinations and osteopathic manipulative techniques on members of the same and opposite sex. The training of an osteopathic physician also requires that a student experience and understand tactile diagnostic exercise and manipulative treatment. Students are required to participate both as patients and as trainees in the OPP laboratory and PCM laboratory, and examine and be examined by members of the same and opposite sex.

A graduate from RVUCOM has the ability to apply for licensure as a physician in all fifty states. Their license is not restricted to any one particular sex, and candidates for graduation must demonstrate the ability to practice medicine on both males and females.

Additional Waivers

All students must sign the following waivers at the point of interview:

Code of Student Conduct & Academic Responsibility and Code of Behavioral Conduct: this states that students have read the University’s Code of Student Conduct and Academic Responsibility policy and the COM’s Code of Behavioral Conduct policy. Both policies can be found in this catalog.

Statements for Students of RVUCOM Regarding Physical Exposure in Classroom Activities: this states that students understand that curriculum often times dictates physical examination and osteopathic diagnosis and treatment by fellow students or faculty. Additionally, this states that these examinations require physical exposure of and access to regions of the body. This policy excludes such areas as the genitals of male and female students, as well as the breasts of female students.

Health and Technical Standards: the description of this policy can be found in this section of the catalog.

Healthcare Employment During School (Practice of Medicine)

Employment of any kind during medical school is highly discouraged. The demands of medical school are so high as to preclude most employment opportunities. Student doctors should contact the Office of Student Financial Services for help with budgeting or emergency loans rather than seeking outside employment.

Medical students are prohibited from engaging in any activities (from the time of matriculation to the University until graduation or other termination of student status) that might be construed as the practice of medicine without the proper supervision and direction of designated members of the faculty, whether such activities are engaged in for compensation, done as a volunteer, or otherwise. Any student who is a healthcare worker and wishes to be employed in the health-related field must contact the Office of Student Affairs and forward a request to the Dean. All decisions of approval or disapproval will come from the Dean.

Students who are not in compliance with the requirements above maybe requested to appear before the Honor Code Committee and are subject to dismissal from the University.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
All medical students involved in clinical courses at Rocky Vista University must complete a training course over the privacy laws which apply to the Health Professions to meet requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Annual refresher training is required as well.

Biosafety, Universal Precautions, and Bloodborne Pathogens

All medical students must complete a basic training course in biosafety, as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Because patient contact is a required part of the RVUCOM curriculum: shadowing physicians in the 1st & 2nd years, clinical rotations in the 3rd & 4th years, various labs, and other hands-on learning, all RVUCOM students must complete OSHA training annually. The avenue chosen for completion of this training is the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online program.

Instructions for registering and logging onto the CITI website, and specific instructions on which courses are required, are provided annually by the Compliance Office.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has a dedicated faculty; established affiliations with medical centers, hospitals, and health care systems; a structured and supported rural medicine program; and a mission to educate the finest osteopathic physicians possible. Students are placed at one of our regional centers throughout the state to ensure continuity and coordination of clinical education within our vast and growing clinical training network. Our innovative curriculum is designed to fulfill our mission of training students who are competent and ready to enter graduate medical education and training with an emphasis on becoming primary care physicians.

The design of the applications-based curriculum is based on successful integrated academic models. It emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, guiding students to develop an osteopathic approach to medicine. We continually correlate basic scientific information and methodology with fundamental clinical application. Students are exposed to clinical settings in their first semester, which gives them the opportunity to prepare for the “real world” of medicine. This clinical exposure expands in the second year, and the students have increased opportunity to interact with standardized patients on campus, as well as be involved, under physician supervision, with real patients in the office and hospital setting. Physicians do not work alone, but rather as part of a health care team, and RVUCOM promotes interdisciplinary cooperation whenever possible in the classroom and in all of its clinical settings.

 

Academic Year 2018-2019

 

OMS I – Semester One (Fall)

Credit Hours

Introduction to Interprofessional Education Seminar I

1

Cardiovascular System I

4

Respiratory System I

2

Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms

4

Musculoskeletal System I

7

Osteopathic Principles & Practice I

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine I

3

Renal System I

3

Hematology / Immunology I

2

Medical Ethics I

1

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (year-long course)

1

OMS I – Semester Two (Spring)

Credit Hours

Introduction to Interprofessional Education Seminar II

1

Endocrine/Reproductive System I

4

Gastrointestinal System I

3

Neuroscience System I

8

Osteopathic Principles & Practice II

2

Principles of Clinical Medicine II

3

Medical Ethics (year-long course)

NA

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine (year-long course)

NA

Transition to Clinical Medicine

4

Microbes and Infectious Diseases

3

OMS II – Semester One (Fall)

Credit Hours

Hematologic/Lymphatic System II

3

Cardiovascular System II

5

Respiratory System II

4

Gastrointestinal System II

4

Renal System II

5

Osteopathic Principles & Practice III

3

Principles of Clinical Medicine III

4

Advanced Medical Ethics (year-long course)

1

OMS II – Semester Two (Spring)

Credit Hours

Musculoskeletal System II

3

Neuroscience System II

5

Endocrine System II

3

Reproductive System II

3

Osteopathic Principles & Practice IV

2

Principles of Clinical Medicine IV

3

Psychiatry System

2

Advanced Medical Ethics (year-long course)

NA

Hands-On Focus on the Boards

1

Pre-Clinical Capstone

2

Years Three and Four

Credit Hours

Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine

2

OPP Year 3: Clinical Integration

1

OPP Year 4: Clinical Integration

1

Required Clinical Core Rotations

36

Family Medicine Core I

8

Family Medicine Core II

Internal Medicine Core I

8

Internal Medicine Core II

 Pediatrics Core  4
Psychiatry Core  4
Fundamentals of Surgery 1
Surgery Core I 7
Surgery Core II
Women’s Health Care  4

Required Elective Rotations

Choice of Elective

Minimum 3 Required Audition Rotations (Sub-I)

46

34

12

Minimum number of credits to be completed in Years III and IV
(1 credit hour = one week)

86

 

It is the expectation that students will be involved in academic pursuits throughout Years III and IV of the curriculum, including COMLEX 2 PE preparation. Students not completing the required 88 credit hours may be allowed to walk at graduation but must complete the 88 hour minimum before the awarding of the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information about a specific course, review the Student Handbook and Catalog.

RVUCOM Course Descriptions (PDF)

 

Grades, Class Rank, Academic Standing

Final grades will be available through MyVista, approximately three weeks after the end of the semester. Final grades can be accessed via an unofficial transcript in MyVista.

Grading for the College of Osteopathic Medicine is based on a scale of 0 to 100. RVUCOM requires a grade of 70 or above to pass all courses; any grade below 70 is failing. Other possible grades, depending on the course, are shown below.

OMS I and OMS II
P Pass
HP High Pass
H Honors
F Fail
IN Incomplete
W Withdrawal

 

OMS III and OMS IV
P Pass
HP High Pass
H Honors
F Fail
IN Incomplete
W Withdrawal

 

Incomplete Course WorkA course that has not been completed within the designated time frame is considered to have been failed. Based on unusual circumstances a student may request an incomplete. Granted incompletes require all coursework to be completed within one year (365 days from the date of issue).

 

Class Rank

Class rank can be found on the last page of your Unofficial Transcript, which is available in MyVista. Please note: in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, class rank freezes at the end of OMS II.

Academic Standing

Like class rank, academic standing is calculated at the end of each semester once final grades have been posted. Current academic standing can be seen on MyVista by running a Degree Audit.

Maximum Length of Completion

Each single-degree DO student must complete the DO degree within a maximum of 6 years.

I. Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Excellence

A. Critical Thinking – Ability to identify and solve problems that require the integration of multiple contexts when performing patient care.

B. Breadth and Depth of Knowledge in the Discipline/Clinical Competence – Ability to perform appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic skills, to apply relevant information to patient care and practice, and to educate patients regarding prevention of common health problems.

C. Lifelong Learning Skills – Ability to engage in life-long, self-directed learning to validate continued competence in practice.

D. Evidence-based Practice – Ability to utilize research and evidence-based practice and apply relevant findings to the care of patients.

II. Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Compassion

A. Humanistic Practice – Ability to carry out compassionate and humanistic approaches to health care delivery when interacting with patients, clients, and their families. They should unfailingly advocate for patient needs.I

B. Ethical and Moral Decision-Making Skills – Ability to perform the highest quality of care, governed by ethical principles, integrity, honesty, and compassion.

III. Demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes to Practice Medicine with Integrity

A. Collaboration Skills – Ability to collaborate with clients and with other health professionals to develop a plan of care to achieve positive health outcomes for their patients.

B. Interpersonal Communication Skills – Ability to effectively use interpersonal skills that enable them to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with patients and other members of the health care team.

C. Accountability – Demonstrate accountability to patients, society, and the profession, including the duty to act responsibly, honestly, and respectfully.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed specialized educational tracks to enable students to enhance the focus of their general medical education. Please click here to read the Department of Tracks and Special Programs brochure (PDF).

 

Global Medicine Track

The Global Medicine Enrichment Track is for those students who have a strong desire to serve in an international capacity, whether employed or as a volunteer. This service may be in many areas, such as medical care, research, or policy planning and assessment. This track provides a survey, exposure and clinical education surrounding multiple aspects of global medicine. It is designed to span 3.5 years of the formal osteopathic education.

Acceptance into the Global Track occurs at the end of the first semester of classes, after submission of an application and meeting the criteria as listed in the application packet. A maximum of 20 students can be accepted into this track. Not all students applying will get a spot in the class. Students must be able to handle the extra work load, and participation of all activities as expected, in order to Pass or Pass with Honors. Students must also be aware of the extra costs (5-10K) for participating in international rotations during their clinical years.

During the first 2 years of medical school, students will pursue a minimum of 90 additional hours of global health education, which includes the principles and goals of public health, the burden of disease in developing and already developed countries, comparative health care systems, global ethics, research and programs to control diseases through specific case studies, development of community assessment programs, tropical , new and emerging diseases, working with multicultural populations and other related selected topics. Students are expected to be engaged in all class activates, and assist with the presentation of some topics of personal interest and assigned to them.

During the last two years, students are expected to successfully complete three global health related rotations. They may be clinical or research oriented. At least two of the activities must involve working overseas. Students can participate in one of the RVUCOM sponsored global outreach trips or set up their own experience with approval. Participating in a Public Health rotation month, or a split language immersion/clinical work experience, or attending a global health conference or workshop may also be accepted for completion of the clinical requirements to graduate from the Global Medicine Track.

Learn more about the Global Medicine: Community and Medical Outreach Program.

 

International Rotations

All M3 and M4 RVUCOM students are encouraged to participate in at least one international rotation, 2-4 weeks in length, during their clinical years. In fact, about 40% of each graduating class has completed some form of international medical training experience during their time spent at RVU. Students may participate in one of the RVUCOM sponsored outreach trips, or set up their own. All students must undergo an academic and site approval process, as well as complete a travel file.

 

Military Medicine Track

The Military Medicine Track is a track is for those RVU students who are slated to enter active duty service with the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines. These students should exhibit a high level of academic achievement and express a strong interest in becoming a part of this course which provides an overview and introduction to military medicine.

Most students in this track have typically earned a scholarship to attend RVU through the United States Army, United States Air Force or the United States Navy. As such, they have acquired a service obligation of varying length to the branch of the military funding their education. On occasion, other RVU students who are a part of a Guard or Reserve Unit may constitute some of the track members. This track spans a total of 3.5 years of the members’ core educational experience at RVU, beginning in the second semester of the 1st year.

The Military Track will incorporate immersion-based reality training, surgical simulation, information sessions and experiences related to Medical Corps Officer military obligations, leadership/discipline, harsh military environments/field exercises, disaster stabilization/evacuation and triage in combat environments on land, sea, and air.

This track will also function in conjunction with other COM tracks where synergies are evident and possible.

Liaison with community and national leaders / military officers at U.S. posts, bases, medical centers, hospitals and others sites occurs in order to achieve the goals and objectives of this track. Expert guests, military officers, and appropriate civilian physician/teachers will be engaged and hosted at the campus in Parker, Colorado and elsewhere. There is no application process for this track, all Military students are automatically enrolled.

 

Physician-Scientist Track

The Physician-Scientist Enrichment Track is designed to provide curricular training to qualified and interested students and will enhance their opportunities to pursue careers in academic medicine. There is a recognized need to increase the number of physician-scientists in all clinical fields, as biomedical research competencies continue to be under-represented in osteopathic medical school curricula and training.

Participation in the Physician-Scientist Track will provide basic training in the knowledge and skills necessary for success as an academic physician, including research types (basic science, clinical, translational, educational, public health, etc.), experimental design, data analysis, the granting process, and proficiency in presentation skills. This track is designed to span 7 semesters of the core osteopathic medical education and will not extend the students’ academic program length. Students are required to present a poster or oral presentation at the College’s Annual Research Day, write a grant at the end of academic Year Two, and complete three research rotations during academic Years Three and Four.

Admission to the Physician-Scientist Track is by application, with the following eligibility requirements: interest in a career in academic medicine and demonstration of academic ability by achieving a minimal 84% GPA during the first semester at RVUCOM. Applicants may also undergo an entrance interview by Track faculty. Preferred qualifications include an undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline (biological or physical science); previous experience in a research laboratory; and/or previous experience in a graduate degree program in a discipline with relevance to the biomedical sciences. No more than 8 students will be selected for each class and students must maintain an 84% minimal GPA to stay within the track throughout the first year and a half.

 

Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track

The goals of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track are to identify and foster student interest in eventual medical practice in rural settings. Admission to the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track should be considered to be a four-year commitment for accepted students. In addition to the unique educational opportunities, there are significant obligations associated with the track in the first two years, as well as in the third and fourth years of training.

Training and experience above and beyond the standard medical school curriculum are necessary to produce physicians who have the confidence and skill to practice in the rural and remote regions of our country. Participants will be given a robust extracurricular education of procedural skills in medicine and surgery that will better prepare them for residency training and practice. The instruction format for this track is primarily clinical and will be taught by instructors with years of practical experience in the field. The track will also cover preventive medicine and public health subjects.

Physicians practicing in a rural or wilderness setting must be skilled in stabilizing and transporting critically ill and injured patients to urban medical centers. Much of the track material will cover life and limb threatening emergencies. During the first two years of medical education, this training will occur using simulators, cadavers, and shadowing opportunities. During the third and fourth year clinical rotations, students will train with rural-based medical preceptors in offices, or rural critical access hospitals or rural health clinics for a minimum of four clinical rotations.

R&WM track students participate in three capstone courses. Capstone I is a 2-day exercise with rural EMS, Fire Department, and Search and Rescue services in Southwestern Wyoming, or the equivalent. Students are expected to function with emergency personnel performing real-life scenarios in on-scene settings. Capstone II is a 2-day exercise involving simulated avalanche rescue techniques at a Colorado ski area working with ski patrollers. Additionally, training is provided in critical illness or injury associated with remote high altitude environments. Capstone III is a – 3-day exercise that takes place at a ranch in the Northwest Colorado mountains. Students are exposed to common ranching practices including veterinary medicine, and common injuries encountered in the wild. Skills such as signaling, navigation, and outdoor survival previously covered in track meetings on campus, will be reviewed and practiced on this Capstone, along with emergency stabilization and transport skills.

To be considered for the program students must demonstrate a commitment to rural and remote practice and be capable of handling the extra workload required by the track. Applications are considered during the fall semester of the first year for students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine with the initial track activities beginning in the Winter/Spring semester of the first year.

 

Urban Underserved Medicine Track

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care and lack of qualified manpower have created a serious need for physicians in America’s urban areas. Members of racial and ethnic minority groups, who make up the majority of innercity residents, are less likely than others to receive needed services than those from wealthier communities, as this includes treatment for HIV infection, mental health problems, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

This track will teach students about health care inequities and disparities within different populations of patients in urban areas. It will also serve to inform and educate young physicians about the suffering of asylum seekers and refugees in the United States, and the disparity between our international humanitarian obligations and our government’s current treatment of people in these situations. At its core, the program will also give students the knowledge and foresight into providing for with patients who may have a different cultural, literacy or socio-economic backgrounds and teach them how to become effective health care providers.

Prerequisite:
Acceptance into the Urban Underserved Track. URB 5012: Urban Underserved Medicine II (2 Credits) This course is a continuation of URB 5011 Urban Underserved Medicine I. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Urban Underserved Track and successful completion of URB 5011.

Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship

The Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship is designed to increase the students’ knowledge of the principles, philosophies, and procedures of osteopathic medicine in order to create future clinicians and educators with outstanding OPP skills. This additional knowledge will provide the students with the ability to educate their classmates and future colleagues on osteopathic techniques. Additionally, fellows have clinical responsibilities, which improve their general medical knowledge and patient care skills. This fellowship emphasizes an anatomic and physiologic understanding and application of OPP and didactic education in OPP and sports medicine. It also places a heavy emphasis on teaching osteopathic principles and procedures.

Four students are selected yearly for this program following an interview process conducted by the members of the Department of Osteopathic Principles and Practices. Recommendations made by the Department will be forwarded to the Dean for approval.

Participation in the Pre-doctoral Osteopathic Principles and Practices Fellowship will extend the student’s tenure at RVU by one year. Program experiences will occur in Years 3 and 4; Year 5 will return to the normal Year 4 Clinical Rotations curriculum. Each fellow will alternately rotate between fellowship duties and the Clinical Rotations curriculum approximately every 3 months resulting in a six month involvement in each of Year 3 and Year 4. A certificate indicating successful completion of the fellowship will be awarded at graduation.

 

Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program

The RVU Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program is designed to provide a continuum of the study of Anatomy to the next level, as well as provide the student with tools which can, in the future, be utilized to either teach or conduct anatomical research appropriate to the context of their final field of endeavor. The successful candidate need not be exclusively surgical residency bound; any qualified student can apply.

Two students are selected yearly for this program following an interview process conducted by the members of the Department of Structural Medicine. Recommendations made by the Department will be forwarded to the Dean for approval.

Participation in the Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program will extend the student’s tenure at RVU by one year. Program experiences will occur in Years 3 and 4; Year 5 will return to the normal Year 4 Clinical Rotations curriculum. Each fellow will alternately rotate between fellowship program curriculum and the Clinical Rotations curriculum every 8 weeks resulting in an approximate six-month involvement in each of Years 3 and 4. A certificate indicating successful completion of the Undergraduate Anatomy Fellowship Program will be awarded at graduation.

The RVU Clinical Ultrasound curriculum integrates the use of ultrasound into all levels of education for students.

 

Ultrasound Curriculum

Year One

First-year students have ultrasound sessions paired specifically with their associated dissection labs to facilitate their understanding of anatomy.

  • Sessions Include:
    • Ultrasound Physics and Introduction
    • Musculoskeletal Parts I & II
    • Cardiac Ultrasound
    • Thoracic & Pulmonary Ultrasound
    • Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Head & Neck Ultrasound

Year Two

Second-year students have ultrasound sessions paired with pathology case discussions to facilitate their understanding of pathologic processes in specific body systems.

  • Sessions Include:
    • Ultrasound Physics and Introduction
    • Cardiovascular Ultrasound
    • Focused Abdominal Sonography in Trauma Ultrasound
    • Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
    • Resuscitative Ultrasound

Year Three

Third-year students have the opportunity to attend training in ultrasound-guided central venous access.

Year Four

Fourth-year students can participate in clinical ultrasound rotations based on their selected specialty choice.

 

Ultrasound Faculty

Molly E.W. Thiessen, MD

Dr. Thiessen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at Denver Health Medical Center, as well as Director of Clinical Ultrasound Curriculum at Rocky Vista University of Osteopathic Medicine.

She attended medical school at the University of Kansas, and completed her Emergency Medicine residency  as well as her emergency ultrasound fellowship training at Denver Health Medical Center.  She has a strong interest in point-of-care ultrasound education, and has educated students, trainees and attendings across multiple specialties in POCUS, as well as authored multiple textbook chapters and articles on POCUS.

John Kendall, MD

John Kendall MDDr. Kendall is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Denver Health Medical Center, Director of the Ultrasound Curriculum for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Co-Director of Clinical Ultrasound Curriculum at Rocky Vista University of Osteopathic Medicine. He has been practicing and teaching bedside ultrasound for over 20 years.  Dr. Kendall helped develop and implement the ultrasound curriculum at the University of Southern California Emergency Medicine program during his residency training. In 1996, he was hired as the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Denver Health Medical Center.

Dr. Kendall has many scholarly publications including the CD-ROM, “Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine and Trauma”, and two textbooks; “Practical Guide to Emergency Ultrasound” and “Case Studies in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound”.  Dr. Kendall is a former Chair of the ACEP Ultrasound Section and he started the ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center in 2005.

 

Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG)

The Rocky Vista Ultrasound Interest Group pairs with the University of Colorado School of Medicine Ultrasound Interest group. The group sponsors multiple fun, interactive educational sessions throughout the course of the year from short hands-on sessions to a full day “Ultrafest.” Follow us on Twitter! @USIG_CO

 

Colorado Ultrafest

Colorado USIG hosts the State’s First Ultrafest Event

Ultrasound machines are changing the way doctors examine and diagnose their patients. To prepare for this, the University of California-Irvine hosts Ultrafest every year, a day-long event designed to provide hands-on experience with point-of-care ultrasound. Inspired by the event, Lane Thaut, OMS-IV, and Brian Russ, OMS-IV, collaborated with the faculty at University of Colorado School of Medicine, as well as the Colorado Ultrasound Interest Group (USIG), to host the state’s first Ultrafest.

Held on October 3rd, Ultrafest was attended by over 100 medical students and other health professionals. The event began with two keynote speakers: Creagh Boulger, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Ohio State University, and Nikita Joshi, MD, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. The speakers focused on the benefits of ultrasound, presenting real scenarios and sound advice on how and when to suggest ultrasounds to superiors. Following the keynotes, students visited different workshops, including cardiac, ocular, musculoskeletal, and pulmonary ultrasound.

Each workshop included a great student-to-doctor ratio (often 2:1). The presence of volunteers, mostly pre-med students, allowed attendees to scan instead of having to act as patients themselves, which greatly increased the hands-on learning. Corina Kee, OMS-II, said “They had small groups to teach, practice, and provide one-on-one time with all the students. I am much more comfortable using ultrasound now than I was previous to Ultrafest.” The event also included Echogames, an interactive game that uses an ultrasound to diagnose common ailments. Bobby Nieland, OMS-II, added, “Ultrafest was one of the most fun, interactive, and educational activities I’ve done in medical school to date.”

The Colorado USIG will continue to host ultrasound-related events for members throughout the year and is looking forward to hosting Ultrafest again next year.

http://coultrafest.com/

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