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| Academics | Tracks and Special Programs | Urban Underserved Medicine Track


Colorado campus only

The goal of the UUT is to equip students with the knowledge, skill, and compassion necessary to serve the under-served. Activities, coursework, and presentations relative to the vulnerable populations, which may include American Indians/Alaska Natives, Immigrants, Refugees, LGBTQ+ individuals, and the Homeless, will further prepare student physicians for fieldwork, volunteer, and externship experiences.

Students will be exposed to the under-served population through opportunities to engage with families and individuals, clinics, and wherever compassionate care is given to these groups. The UUT functions as a collaborative group, discussing important topics for the vulnerable and under-served. Students will find that this track provides a safe and liberal space where opinions matter. Topics covered may include Maternal/Child Health, LGBTQ+, Disparities in Healthcare and Health Insurance, Cultural Competency, Opioid Epidemic Response, Social Equity and Gentrification, among others.


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.