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| About RVU | 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


Presidential Message | Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2021

Presidential Message | Martin Luther King Jr. Day [January 15, 2021] Dear RVU Family, This coming Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the decades after his untimely death, his work to secure equal rights for all members of our society has continued […]

Presidential Message | Statement of Violent Protest today at the US Capitol

January 6, 2021

Presidential Message | Statement of Violent Protest Today at the US Capitol [January 6, 2021] Dear RVU Family, Today’s tragic events at the US Capitol have triggered emotions of shock and uncertainty for many of us. As a military physician, I had the honor to serve in the Office of […]

Elementary Students Graduate from RVU’s Young Doctors Program

December 15, 2020

Elementary Students Graduate from RVU’s Young Doctors Program [Ivins, Utah – December 14, 2020] On Friday, December 11th, elementary school students from Washington County graduated from Rocky Vista University Southern Utah’s (RVU-SU) Young Doctors Program. The program focuses on providing in-depth healthcare experiences for fifth-grade students and allows for creative […]

Presidental Message | Working Together to Keep Our Community Safe

November 14, 2020

Presidential Message | Working Together to Keep Our Community Safe Dear RVU Family, The University and the CRT’s shared focus is to do our best to ensure the safety, well-being and health of our RVU community. During the pandemic, members of our community have demonstrated resilience, unwavering focus on our […]

Presidential Message | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Update

November 13, 2020

Presidential Message | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force Update Dear RVU Family,  I am pleased to announce the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEITF) has been selected. Team Chairs have been appointed to lead the four task force designations – Community, Climate, Curriculum and Communication. Teams are composed […]

Presidential Message | Election Day – Reflection & Support

November 3, 2020

Presidential Message | Continued Focus on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dear RVU Family, On this Election Day, I wanted to take a moment and ask that we all reflect on what has been an especially trying and challenging year. No matter the outcome of the election, one thing is for […]


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.