Office of Research and Scholarly Activity at RVU

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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides compliance information and oversight of human subjects research to students, faculty, and staff as regulated by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).

The IRB carries out a number of functions including:

  • Oversight for the protection of human subjects in research
  • Maintaining institutional compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Providing training on the ethical conduct of research, biosafety, and HIPAA laws
  • Providing an IRB Compliance Administrator who assists with applications, forms, and other information, as needed by investigators for submitting research proposals to the IRB for the review and approval pocess
  • Maintaining records of IRB reviews and approvals, tracking of progress reports, renewal requests, and modifications of approved studies

IRB Application Login for SSO (single sign on) RVU Users:

  • Website
  • Students:
    • Login with your RVU email and 365 password
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Login with your RVU email and RVU computer network password


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.