Office of Research and Scholarly Activity at RVU

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Welcome to the Office of Research where we are actively engaged in serving RVU’s growing research culture, which is fueled by curiosity, innovation, and our desire to advance medical education and evidence-based practices! The mission of the office of research is to advance, promote and celebrate all research and scholarly activities occurring within the Rocky Vista University community. We are committed to supporting the diversity and inclusion of all participants and of varied perspectives as an essential element to achieve this mission. All areas of research including basic biological, translational, educational, epidemiological, DEI-related, clinical and osteopathic practice studies are supported.  The office of research is committed to providing equitable access to guidance, resources, and opportunities for all faculty, staff, and students to engage in various research and scholarly activities that promote the advancement of educational, biomedical and clinical sciences.  Equitable support for these areas includes: expert mentorship, statistical consulting, an intramural grant program, travel funds, and other special events to facilitate networking.

Student research and scholarly activity is a vital part of health provider education.  It supports and solidifies osteopathic principles and tenets in its interconnectedness to the practice of medicine.  Whether you are an aspiring RVU student, a current student, RVU faculty, alumni, or a community advocate I invite you to explore our website and reach out to me with any questions or suggestions.

Amanda Brooks, PHD
Vice Provost of Research and Scholarly Activity


Students Research Drones for Search and Rescue Missions

While summiting Broad Peak in the Karakoram mountain range of northeastern Pakistan, a mountaineer was separated from his climbing partner. The search party tasked with retrieving him faced the challenge of traversing a vast and difficult terrain at perilously high altitudes. However, unlike most search and rescue missions, the search party deployed a commercial drone to assist in their efforts.

When Elizabeth Kuge, OMS II, was an undergraduate student at the University of California – Santa Barbara, a gunman took the lives of six students and injured fourteen others in what became known as the Isla Vista killings. Four years later, another mass shooting occurred at the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city of Thousand Oaks, which was near SD Kuge’s hometown. “I [knew] one of the victims from...

Over the course of eight days, students and faculty from Rocky Vista University (RVU) and personnel with South Metro Fire and Rescue (SMFR) collaborated on a series of hyper-realistic training sessions designed to assess changes in the physiological response of paramedics in mass-casualty scenarios. The goal of the sessions was to inoculate first responders to the ill effects of stress by inducing a strong...

Over fifty years ago, the Department of Defense (DOD) began to explore the concept of robot-assisted trauma surgery as a means of decreasing battlefield casualties. The initial idea was telesurgery, in which a signal would be bounced from a hospital or medical facility via satellite and transmitted to a mobile operating room unit in remote battlefields. After setbacks in signal transmission to these remote areas...

A collaboration between students, faculty, and the South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) in Colorado has resulted in research published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. The authors included Joshua Calvano, OMS III, Ryan Henschell, OMS III, Rebecca Ryznar, PhD, William Suddarth, OMS II, Alex Knippenberg, OMS II, Anthony LaPorta, MD, FACS, Ryan Shelton, MPS, NREMT-P and Andrew Glen, PhD.