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Colorado campus only

This track is designed to train and enhance the opportunity to pursue careers in academic medicine. The overall goal of the PST is to increase the number of physician-scientists in all clinical fields, as biomedical research competencies continue to be under-represented in osteopathic medical school curricula and training.

The Physician-Scientist Track provides basic training in the knowledge and skills necessary for success as an academic physician, including research types such as basic science, clinical, translation, educational, public health, and more. Students can expect to become proficient in experimental design, data analysis, the granting process, and presentation skills.


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.