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Utah campus only

The Academic Medicine and Leadership Track aims to develop future physician faculty and leaders in academic medicine, medical organizations, and in the overall U.S. healthcare system.

Students will learn through lectures and workshops on multi-faceted topics relevant to academic medicine and physician leadership. Students will learn about undergraduate and graduate medical education systems, including governance structures, accreditation, funding, and processes. Students will learn about the US healthcare system by learning about hospital systems, insurance payment systems, workforce issues, and policy decisions that affect the healthcare system. Students will learn about organized medicine, health policy analysis, and advocacy. Students will receive hands-on training in leadership skills including effective public speaking, running a meeting with parliamentary procedures, conflict management, and time management through active-participation workshops.


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.