Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Mental and Physical Health Resources

Rocky Vista University offers programs, services, and information to students to facilitate a healthy lifestyle environment. RVU Counseling Services provides a confidential, safe environment for students to explore issues of concern, resolve psychological distress, and maximize their potential as medical professionals. RVU Counseling Services seeks to offer a high standard of care as they offer a wide range of services for students. Students at Rocky Vista University may seek diagnostic, preventative, and therapeutic health services at the provider of their choice. Information is provided below as a resource to assist students in seeking health care services that are available both on campus and off-campus.

Confidentiality: RVU Counseling Services upholds the best professional practices in protecting student confidentially and privacy. These policies are in accordance with ethical principles set forth by the American Psychological Association. Information from your confidential RVU Counseling Services record is released only if you give written consent. Faculty, university administrators, and parents do not have access to your RVU Counseling Services record.  By law, there are limited exceptions to this rule in cases of health or safety emergencies and court subpoenas. Counselors are mandated to report specific information only when there is possibility of harm to a client or another person, in cases of abuse of a child, elder or disabled person, or under court order. You will receive more information about the RVU Counseling Services confidentiality policy on your first visit.

 

We are pleased to provide RVU students free, confidential access to a professional counselor 24/7 through StudentLinc. Students can speak to a professional counselor to discuss stress associated with school, learning how to balance work and personal life, and financial matters.

For access to a professional counselor please call: 1-888-893-LINC (5462)

Kade Rucker, LPCC, serves as the Counselor for RVU’s Colorado campus. Kade is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate who completed his education at Colorado Christian University with a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently working towards his license. He served as an Intern for RVU Counseling Services in 2016 and is excited to continue working with and being part of the RVU community. Kade enjoys working with students on a wide range of topics such as relationship concerns, self-esteem, stress management, and time management, amongst others. He hopes to continuously find and develop new ways to reach more of the RVU Community in order to improve the overall mental and emotional well-being of our University. Kade’s door is always open when not in session so please feel free to visit him with any concerns or questions you may have.

Contact Information:
8401 S. Chambers Road, Pod-F
Parker, CO 80134
krucker@rvu.edu
(720) 875-2896

The RVU Counseling Center provides counseling to students and their immediate family members free of charge. Referrals to off-campus providers are made as needed, to providers that accept the student’s insurance. The RVU Counseling Center provides the following services:

  • Individual Counseling: Students have the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues that may come up during their time at RVU. Many of the common concerns that we address include anxiety and stress management, depression, relationship concerns, interpersonal issues, or any other issues that may contribute to the students’ academic and personal growth.
  • Couple’s Counseling: We welcome the opportunity to meet with significant others and spouses of RVU students to discuss concerns that may arise regarding their relationship. The journey through medical school can be taxing on the development and maintenance of relationships and we strive to help in any aspect of the students’ lives. Some of the main concerns that we address that arise in couples include communication, time management, and responsibilities/roles.
  • Group Counseling: Group meetings will be held throughout the year. Places, topics, and times will vary and will be posted/announced.
  • Lunch and Learn Discussions (Colorado) and Let’s Talk Sessions (Utah): These are group discussions held once a month in one of the seminar rooms. Times and dates will vary but will be displayed on the Student Activities calendar as well as the TV displays and bulletin boards. This is open to any and all students and is viewed more as an open discussion regarding concerns that students are currently dealing with. Bring your lunch to eat while you have an open dialogue with your peers to develop ideas and strategies to overcome common issues!
  • 15-Minute Counseling Consultation: If a student is unsure if Counseling is right for them, have any questions about confidentiality, or just want to get to know the Counselor a little more before deciding to start the counseling process, they can make a 15-minute consultation appointment and have their questions answered by the RVU Counselor. There’s no commitment afterward but this can help guide the student to appropriate next steps.
Please plan to arrive ten minutes early to your first appointment to fill out required paperwork prior to your session. Walk-in hours are available on Tuesdays from 1:00-5:00 PM.  

In addition to the on-campus resources, RVU encourages students to reach out to community resources. Below is the list of community agencies that provide mental health counseling services.

  • StudentLinc
    24-Hour Hotline service to help students resolve personal issues that may impact academic performance and cause personal distress.   Students can speak with a licensed counselor and they will provide initial support and assessment.   Call (888) 893-5462.
  • Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC)
    Doug Henning, PhD, is a psychologist who works out of the RVHC and accepts the students’ health insurance. Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC), is a one-stop destination that can take care of most your medical and health-care needs.  RVHC is owned by Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) and located on its campus in Parker.
    Location: 8401 S. Chambers Road, Parker, CO 80134
    Contact information: (720) 307-6258
  • Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP)
    CPHP is a not-for-profit independent organization that is separate from other entities such as the Colorado Medical Board (CMB), or other medical organizations. CPHP’s direct services are free to Colorado medical licensed physicians and physician assistants. CPHP contracts to provide free services to training facilities for residents and students within Colorado. Participants are responsible for costs of any additional evaluations and treatment if those are necessary. Safe-Haven is a benefit that allows your health history to remain anonymous to the CMB. This is an agreement between CPHP and the CMB that if you are ‘known’ to CPHP, certain health conditions can remain anonymous. ‘Known to CPHP’ means that you have informed CPHP of your behavior or condition and you are complying with all of CPHP’s requirements for evaluation, treatment, and/or monitoring.
    Location: 899 Logan Street Suite 410, Denver, CO 80203
    Contact Information: (303) 860-0122 or www.cphp.org
  • PsychologyToday.org
    Find a licensed therapist or psychiatrist in your area and learn about them before scheduling an appointment! Just go to www.psychologytoday.org and enter your location information to find someone near you.
  • Colorado Crisis Services
    Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
  • Arapahoe / Douglas Mental Health Network
    303-795-6187
  • Denver Suicide / Depression Hotline
    303-860-1200
  • North Range Behavioral Health (Greeley)
    970-353-3686
  • Larimer Center for Mental Health (Ft. Collins)
    970-221-2114 or 970-221-5551 (after 5PM)
  • The Recovery Village
    This page includes locations of local Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery meetings, as well as phone numbers for The Recovery Village and other national hotlines.
  • Off-Campus Counseling Resources (PDF)

We recognize that there are many resources available to assist students in navigating the process of managing stressors and building the life of a physician.  While we are available to assist with issues via talk therapy, we recognize that it can be very useful to develop skills to resolve or manage issues independently.  We have included a few resources below that you might find helpful as you navigate medical school. Feel free to peruse them and use as many, or all, that you find helpful.

 

Help Guide

HelpGuide.org

This website contains information regarding common issues students face in medical school. These topics range from Anxiety to PTSD to Suicide Prevention. Each topic provides you with basic information as well as specifics of various situations. Along with the information, they provide tools on how to cope with or overcome the issue. There is also an “EQ Toolkit” that provides 5 steps to help you improve your overall wellness. It’s close to a one-stop-shop for a variety of resources for you!

 

Mental and Physical Health Books

Counseling Services is providing students with the opportunity to borrow books via BoocShare that cover topics from relationships in medical school to building resilience. This can be a great resource for students to gain insight into themselves and areas of life they may want to improve. All books can be found in the RVU Counselor’s office and can be borrowed once the student joins the RVU Counseling Center Books group.

Instructions:

    • Click here to go to the RVU Counseling Center Books group
    • You should then click on the button “Request Invitation”
    • If you already have a BoocShare account, you will be asked to log in. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one and then go back to the group page and click “Request Invitation” again.
    • Once your request has been approved, you will have the ability to browse the book selection and request a book to borrow.
      • **Disclaimer: Currently BoocShare requires all users to submit 2 books of their own to lend out. You DO NOT have to submit books to the RVU Counseling Center group. There are two ways in which you can bypass this requirement: 1) create your own private group and submit 2 books into that group (no one will be able to request those books from you unless you invite people to your group), or 2) inform the RVU Counselor that you would just like to have your account upgraded. Upgrading your account may take a few days.
    • You will receive an email notification that your request has been approved. At that point, you will need to go to the Student Affairs Pod and pick up the book from the RVU Counselor.
    • There is a 4 week borrowing period, at the end of which you will receive an email notifying you that the book is due.
    • Return the book to the RVU Counselor

Phone Apps

There are so many apps out there that can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and even addiction. These are not meant to be a substitute for therapy where therapy is needed, but as a help and resource for those moments when you need a little pick-me-up.

Addiction:

Anxiety/Stress Reduction:

Attention/Organization Problems:

Depression:

Eating Disorders:

Exercise/Fitness:

Nutrition:

Obsessive Thoughts/Compulsive Behavior:

Sleep/Insomnia:

Test Anxiety:

Trauma:

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness allows us the opportunity to pay attention to and observe what is going on inside (thoughts, feelings, sensations) and outside (interactions and surroundings). This is done with an open, non-judgmental mind and allows us to stay focused during meditation. There are two types of Mindfulness Meditation: Active and Resting.

Active Mind Meditation is guided meditation that actively trains you brain to think or emote in a particular way. For example, a “learning meditation” prepares your mind to more effectively absorb everything you need to study.

Resting Mind Meditation is what most of us imagine when we think of meditation. It is very deliberate channeling of our awareness, usually focusing on the breath; in movement oriented resting mind meditation such as yoga, the focus in on the breath and holding a pose. This type of meditation is useful in training our brain to let go of certain emotions, thoughts, or worries and move away from judgments we associate with these things.

If you are concerned about yourself or a friend, feel free to take a look at some self-assessments that might help clarify what you are feeling and direct you to the help you could use. **NOTE: these assessments are not used to make a diagnosis and results should not be seen as definitive. If you are concerned about results, please contact the Counseling Center or make an appointment.

Mental Health America Screening Tools

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911 right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-8255
  • Colorado Crisis Services
    If you have questions or concerns about topics such as family crises, depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or relationship problems and are not able to or comfortable with speaking to an RVU Counselor, please call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. You can also visit their website at www.coloradocrisisservices.org.

Rocky Vista Health Center:

The Rocky Vista Health Center is located on Rocky Vista University’s campus. The address is: 8401 S. Chambers Rd. Parker, CO 80134.  Whether you need an examination or treatment for an illness or injury, our residents and experienced board-certified physicians are able to care for you. Patients may schedule appointments with a staff physician or resident physician between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information, click here: Rocky Vista Health Center

 

Off-Campus Physical Health Resources:

Walk-In Clinics:

The Little Clinic
King Soopers Marketplace
17761 Cottonwood Dr.
Parker, CO 80134

Walgreens Walk-In Clinic
19028 Lincoln Ave.
Parker, CO 80134

 

Urgent Care:

Concentra Urgent Care
11877 E. Arapahoe Rd.
Centennial, CO 80012

UCHealth Emergency and Urgent Care
16990 Village Center Dr.
Parker, CO 80134

 

Emergency Services:

In case of emergency, students are encouraged to call 9-1-1 for local emergency services. Emergency room locations near campus include:

UCHealth Emergency and Urgent Care
16990 Village Center Dr.
Parker, CO 80134

Parker Adventist Hospital
9395 Crown Crest Blvd.
Parker, CO 80138