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MILITARY MEDICINE PROGRAM

The Military Medicine Enrichment Pathway is primarily for RVUCOM-CO and RVUCOM-SU students who are slated to enter active duty service with the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines. Most students in this pathway have typically earned a scholarship to attend RVUCOM-CO or RVUCOM-SU through the United States Army, United States Air Force, or the United States Navy. As such, they have acquired a service obligation of varying lengths to the branch of the military funding their education. On occasion, other RVU students who are a part of a Guard or Reserve Unit, or those considering military service or with prior military experience may constitute some of the pathway members. These students should exhibit a high level of academic achievement and express a strong interest in becoming a part of this course, which provides an overview and introduction to military medicine.

The Military Medicine Enrichment Pathway will incorporate immersion-based reality training, surgical simulation, information sessions, and experiences related to Medical Corps Officer military obligations, leadership/discipline, harsh military environments/field exercises, disaster stabilization/evacuation, and triage in combat environments on land, sea, and air. Liaison with community and national leaders/military officers at U.S. posts, bases, medical centers, hospitals, and other sites occurs in order to achieve the goals and objectives of this Program.

This Program spans a total of 3.5 years of the members’ core educational experience at RVUCOM-CO or RVUCOM-SU, beginning in the second semester of the first year.

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.