Clinical Education at Rocky Vista University



Rocky Vista University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and all activities are in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the AOA.




The Fascial Distortion Model course, presented by the FDM Academy, is coming to 2 RVU campuses!

FDM teaches groundbreaking treatments for pain, stiffness and some neurological conditions. FDM teaches the pattern recognition of patients’ subtle, and often subconscious hand gestures when they describe their symptoms. Manual treatment and exercise applied with FDM thinking often leads to faster and sometimes dramatic positive differences in outcome. FDM is a different lens to view the patient’s condition as well as another lens to view the provider’s treatments, often filling in gaps in theory and application of other models. Module 1 is an introduction and includes ample time for hands-on learning. It emphasizes shoulder, ankle, and knee treatments.

No prior training in FDM is needed to attend this Module



Educational Program on Osteopathic Medicine

In 2022, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM), created an online training program designed to help all university employees learn more about osteopathic medicine. We recognize that the institutional culture where students complete training may impact their professional identity and practice habits related to osteopathic manipulative treatment, and we wanted make all of our employees aware of the distinctiveness of osteopathic medical practice. To date, we have had 277 RVU employees complete this voluntary training and 101 employees who partially completed it.

We are excited to announce that we have updated this program and offer it for free to all of you and your colleagues in the osteopathic medical education community. This training is applicable for all employees of a COM or residency program, or any faculty and staff of a university that houses a COM. It is designed to be interactive with knowledge checks and reflection items for participant learning purposes only. Osteopathic physicians may receive up to 3 hours of AOA Category 1-B CME. You may come and go from the training at any time, and it will pick up where you left off.  Anyone can access this online training for free here: Educational Program on Osteopathic Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the history behind the development of the field of osteopathic medicine.
  2. Discuss the philosophical tenets and other core concepts in osteopathic medicine.
  3. Describe the relationship between the osteopathic tenets and other conceptual models in healthcare.
  4. Identify ways in which the osteopathic philosophy can be fostered in our daily work regardless of our job title or role.
  5. Apply the osteopathic approach to clinical patient care.
  6. Explain how the osteopathic tenets relate to the biomedical sciences and medical humanities.
  7. Describe the mechanism of action of the most common osteopathic manipulative treatment modalities.

Program Contents:

Module 1: Origins of Osteopathy and General Osteopathic Philosophy by Heather Ferrill, DO, MS MEdL and Kelli Glaser, DO, MPH, FACOFP, FNAOME
Module 2: Osteopathic Principles and Practice in Medical Education: Integration of OMT and the Five Models of Care by Kelli Glaser, DO, MPH, FACOFP, FNAOME
Module 3: Osteopathic Philosophy is Everywhere by Kelli Glaser, DO, MPH, FACOFP, FNAOME
Staff have the option to end training with introductory level material here after 1 hour, or continue on to advanced material for 2 additional hours.
Module 4: Integration of Osteopathic Principles and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment into Clinical Practice by Michele (Mischa) Coleman, DO
Module 5: How OPP, the Five Models of Care, and Different OMT Treatment Modalities Relate to Specific Basic Science Disciplines and the Medical Humanities by Scott Wilkie, DO, MS
Video 5a: General Basic Science Integration of OPP
Video 5b: Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology Integration of OPP
Video 5c: Biochemistry, Immunology, and Pharmacology Integration of OPP
Video 5d: Medical Humanities Integration of OPP
Module 6: Mechanisms of Action for Modalities of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by Teodor Huzij, DO, FACN

Total Training Duration is 3 Hours

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For more information about how you can give back to the field of medicine by serving as a preceptor, please contact
the Department of Clinical Education at Rocky Vista University.

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