Rocky Vista University Academics


Pre-Doctoral Simulation Fellowship

The RVU Pre-Doctoral Simulation Fellowship is currently designed for selected osteopathic medical students who have chosen to spend a 5th year at RVU to acquire competence in all aspects of simulation medical education. Unlike the other two available pre-doctoral fellowships, the simulation fellowship begins in the student’s 4th year and continues into a 5th year. The program provides a substantial overview of the many aspects of simulation currently relevant in medical education.

The Pre-Doctoral Simulation Fellow provides educational and technical support to RVU students enrolled in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (in Colorado and Utah), the Master of Biomedical Science (MSBS) program (in Colorado and Utah) and the Master of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies (in Colorado) program, to the extent possible. This syllabus outlines the dimensions of the educational experience at RVU for the Pre-Doctoral Simulation Fellow. Each Fellow will alternately rotate between the Fellowship Program curriculum and the Clinical Education curriculum every 6–8 weeks resulting in an approximate six-month involvement in each in Year IV and Year V.

The objectives of this course are to develop the Fellow’s medical knowledge, teaching and academic skills, research skills and to contribute to the general student education at Rocky Vista University. Further, the Course aims to prepare the prepare the Fellow to be fully trained to contribute to medical simulation education within their respective residency programs and future clinical practice. As such, the Fellow will enhance their value as a residency applicant since such knowledge acquisition is not currently available to other students in standard medical school curricula.

Two students will be selected yearly for this program on each campus site. The pool of applicants who may be considered for selection are those osteopathic medical students in the third year that desire to stay at RVU for a 5th year with a history of interest in simulation.


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.