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MEDICAL RESEARCH

Message from the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Research

The mission of the Office of Research is to provide support for the research activities of the university by providing guidance and opportunities for faculty, staff and students to engage in various research activities that promote advancement in the biomedical and clinical sciences. All areas of research from basic biological research to translational and population-based studies are included. Support for these areas includes statistical consulting, an intramural grant program and a searchable database of extramural grant opportunities.

Student Research

Student research/scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education. Research enhances critical thinking skills and increases medical knowledge, as well as preparing students for graduate medical education. Therefore, all students are encouraged to participate in research activities while at RVU. To get started, you need to complete the two CITI courses (access and login instructions may be obtained by request to ldement@rvu.edu):

  • Basic Biosafety/Biohazard Training for Medical Students
  • Introduction to Research

Note:  All research dealing with human subjects must be approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board). RVU complies with all federal regulations as set forth by the HHS OHRP. Learn more about IRB and Human Subjects Research here.

If you have a research idea and mentor, you can complete the Student Research Approval Form below or schedule a meeting with either the Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Research or other faculty members interested in research.

Once you have a project and a mentor, the Office of Research will need to approve your project prior to starting the study.  Approval requires your mentor’s signature for approval, proper documentation of IRB approval, if appropriate, and approval by the Office of Research.

Amanda Brooks, PHD
Director of Research and Scholarly Activity

Student Research Approval Form (.doc)

Strategic Research Plan

Frank Ritchel Ames Memorial Library

RESOURCES

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed several specialized educational tracks and programs to further develop the education of interested students. These range from 3.5-year-long tracks to single-semester elective courses.

Student research/scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education. Research enhances critical thinking skills and increases medical knowledge, as well as preparing students for graduate medical education. Therefore, all students are encouraged to participate in research activities while at RVU.

During their third and fourth years of medical school, students work on clinical externships, under the guidance of preceptors. RVU students have externships available to them through Colorado and the other Mountain West states.