Tracks and Special Programs at Rocky Vista University

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Not all tracks are available at all locations

The Academic Medicine and Leadership Track is for students interested in receiving specialized training in various areas of academics and leadership development. With the expansion on medical schools and residency programs, there is a growing demand for well-trained academicians and faculty. There is also a need for physician leaders in health policy, healthcare management, hospital management, medical education, graduate medical education, and beyond to help shape healthcare in America. Students in this specialty track will learn about various, multi-faceted topics in academics, medical education, organized medicine, health policy, and leadership development. Students will also be trained in useful skills such as public speaking, presenting, meeting management, Robert's Rules, leadership styles, and individualized leadership analysis. The goal is to groom students to be strong candidates for leadership and academic positions in the future and to make them successful in these positions when they are selected for them. 


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.