Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University.
  • Clubs and Activities: Social Chair and Historian for the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) RVUCOM-CO chapter. Member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Message from Our Dean

Achieving greatness is not an end game; it is a perpetual process. Achieving excellence requires ongoing self-assessment of what we did, what we are doing now, and what we should be doing in the future. This is the mindset of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in perfect alignment with our university’s vision of achieving new heights in medical education.

The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) campus is the second medical school and the first osteopathic medical school in the state of Utah. It is not necessarily a new medical school, but rather a new campus of an established medical school originally founded in Parker, CO in 2006. Student outcomes regarding mean board scores, first time board pass rates, and residency placement rates rank among the very top in the country. These metrics have afforded our institution national recognition in osteopathic medical education. Our additional location campus in southern Utah benefits from the experience, achievements, and reputation of the Colorado campus. The governance, mission, and program curriculum are the same. We are one college of Osteopathic Medicine operating on two campuses working as one team.

As the campus dean of RVUCOM-SU, I have the privilege of leading our team of teams on our picturesque 32-acre campus in the city of Ivins, which is part of the rapidly growing St. George metropolitan area. Our students, staff, and faculty enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and the beautiful outdoors of southern Utah’s mountains, canyons, and breathtaking landscape. To many, it is the ideal place to learn, work, and live.

Our medical program teaches the comprehensive and holistic approach to modern conventional medicine based upon the principles of body unity, self-healing, and the interrelationship of structure and function. The philosophy of osteopathic medicine is rooted in the belief that the person is a single unit consisting of the body, mind, and spirit. Osteopathic medicine believes that the person’s anatomical structure is closely and reciprocally interrelated with the person’s physiological function. Our curriculum teaches the practice of medicine based on these principles. We believe this is the type of medical practice many patients want and all deserve.

The RVUCOM-SU campus culture is based on our university’s core values of excellence, diversity, innovation, collegiality, compassion, integrity, and service. We strive to be a service-oriented citizen in our community, a helpful partner in the solution of addressing the looming healthcare shortage crisis, and to be the flagship of osteopathic medical education in Utah. I welcome you to be a member of our growing team of teams!

Thank you

David J. Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP
Vice President and Southern Utah Campus Dean