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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Thank you for visiting our website. Whether you are a prospective student seeking information regarding our college of osteopathic medicine, a prospective employee, or simply curious about whom we are, we invite you to explore the information contained in our website to determine whether you might be a good fit for our community.

RVU is a young, dynamic and innovative university that has accomplished great things in a short amount of time. We have developed a curriculum that is leading change in medical education. Our Board scores are among the highest in the nation and we have a 100% residency placement rate for all of our graduating classes including some of the top residency programs in the country. Our curriculum offers specialized tracks in Global, Rural/Wilderness, and Military Medicine. In addition, we have recently added an Academic Medicine Physician-Scientist Track for those students who have a strong interest in research.

We are proud of the fact that we have among the highest percentage of students on a military scholarship of any civilian medical school in the country. We have partnered with Strategic Operations to pioneer work with the cut suit, a human worn partial task surgical simulator, and have received the designation of being a military-friendly school. Our Surgical Simulation Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). We are the only osteopathic medical school and one of only two medical schools in the Mountain West Region to receive this distinction.

Our successes are a result of our dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about working with a diverse, robust student body. Our mission statement reads: “Rocky Vista University provides quality healthcare education while inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence.” These words are more than words stenciled on our walls and printed in our marketing collateral; they are words we live by every day. The commitment to our mission is evident in collaboration rather than competition among all members of the RVU Community – faculty, staff, students, administrators, and members of our Board of Trustees. This sense of family and pride resonates in the halls of RVU. Compassion, integrity, and a strong service orientation are traits we seek when selecting members of our community, whether it be students, faculty, or staff. We actively seek opportunities to serve our community on the local, national and international levels and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards.

We are excited about what we have accomplished and are proud of the achievements of our graduates. Our strategic vision is strong and we look forward to great things to come. If our mission resonates with you, we invite you to contact us to learn more and hope to welcome you into the RVU Community in the future.

Warm regards,

David Forstein, DO, FACOOG
President and Chief Executive Officer

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT NEWS ROOM

Presidential Memo | RVU Institutional Strategic Plan

July 21, 2022

Presidential Memo | RVU Institutional Strategic Plan [July 20, 2022] Dear RVU Community, I am very pleased to present the Rocky Vista University Institutional Strategic Plan for 2022-2027. This is the product of many months of work, with input from all levels of the University. Faculty, staff, students, and members […]

Presidential Memo | A Message Concerning the Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence

May 26, 2022

Presidential Memo | A Message Concerning the Public Health Crisis of Gun Violence [May 26, 2022] To the RVU Community: As the President of RVU, I struggle to always know when to speak up about events in the news. I hear from members of our community after nearly every major […]

Presidential Message | Veterans Day

November 11, 2021

Presidential Message | Veterans Day November 11, 2021 Dear RVU Family, Veterans Day began as a celebration of the end of World War I. Originally known as Armistice Day, it is celebrated today because hostilities in WWI ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month […]

University Memorandum: Recent increase in violence against religious and racial minorities

May 27, 2021

University Memorandum: Recent increase in violence against religious and racial minorities [May 26, 2021 – Parker, CO] CONNECT WITH US Colorado Campus Southern Utah Campus @RockyVistaU Colorado Campus Southern Utah Campus Rocky Vista University UNIVERSITY NEWS

Presidential Message | Reflections on Recent Events

March 27, 2021

Presidential Message | Reflections on Recent Events [March 24, 2021] Dear RVU Family, In the wake of the recent events occurring in our nation, I thought it important and healing to share a few thoughts and concerns… What happened in Atlanta, what happened in Boulder, what happens all too often […]

Presidential Message | National Women Physicians Day

February 3, 2021

Presidential Message | National Women Physicians Day [February 3, 2021] Dear RVU Family, Today we celebrate National Women Physicians Day. Over the years, Rocky Vista University has been blessed with outstanding leadership, insight and collegiality.  The improvements seen in curriculum, admissions, mentorship and numerous other areas make us a stronger […]

RESOURCES

Rocky Vista University welcomes employment inquiries from qualified individuals who share and support our mission and vision. We value individuals who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, community service, and excellence. As one of the newest of the colleges of osteopathic medicine, RVU enjoys an entrepreneurial culture featuring state of the art facilities and innovative approaches to learning.

The faculty and staff are a school's most valuable commodity. They are the basis of the school's success and the future success of its graduates. At RVU, we have a group of employees who are dedicated to the mission of providing quality healthcare education and of inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence. Visit the RVU Directory to get to know the faculty and staff.

The Marketing Department has developed many ways to learn more about RVU, to follow the latest news and events, and to sing the praises of our students, faculty, and staff. In the News Room, you will find press releases, the Vista View newsletter, the Prairie Dogs and Roadrunners blog, and our social media accounts.