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The Tracks and Special Programs Department provides and administrates a variety of curricular programs that are offered to all RVU students aimed at enhancing the core curriculum. Currently this department offers 7 three and half year Tracks in the following subject areas; Academic Medicine and Leadership, Digital Health, Global Medicine, Long Term Care, Rural & Wilderness Medicine, Physician Scientist, and Urban Underserved.

Single semester Elective courses are also offered during the year, which cover topics such as Humanities in Medicine, Medical Spanish, Practical Medicine, and Global Medical Outreach. The department continues to develop additional learning opportunities for all RVU students.  All students in good academic standing as per the student handbook are eligible to apply to/enroll in these courses. 


Are you military or considering military? Check out the MILITARY MEDICINE PROGRAM here.

General Information

We provide students with optional, credit earning courses that cover topics beyond that of the regular core curriculum. 

    • This includes all TRACK and all ELECTIVE Courses.
    • TRACKS and ELECTIVES can vary in length and the amount of hours in class. Credit hours will vary anywhere from .5 to 3 credits per course. All grades and credit hours are posted on the student transcript. All courses provide a detailed syllabus that has been approved by the RVU Institutional Curriculum Committee.
    • TRACKS involve an application process, are longitudinal and progressive in nature, more career-oriented, last 3.5 years in length, and include some sort of clinical component. Grades are Honors/Pass/Fail at the discretion of the Course Director(s).
    • ELECTIVES are short Pass/Fail stand-alone, one-semester courses. Most of these have 3-4 sections to avoid an overlap in materials. The course directors also provide a complete and approved syllabus for each of these courses.  There may be a nominal fee associated with some electives. The Medical Spanish elective does require a pretest to establish fluency level in order to place you into the correct class. i.e. January elective may be “Basic Medical Spanish” and the fall semester may be “Intermediate/Advanced." 
    • The department also offers the following:
      • Student one-year sabbaticals for off campus additional degree earnings (i.e. MPH) or bench research
      • Approves all international externship sites for clinical students
      • Provides medical outreach opportunities for all interested M1-M4 students.
        • Note that students do not need to be in a track to participate in medical outreach.


Department Admins: globalmedicine@rvu.edu - as a group

Colorado: Becky Steenburg, rsteenburg@rvu.edu

Utah: Judy Simmons, jsimmons@rvu.edu     


Department Chair: Dr. Camille Bentley DO, MPH, FACOFP: at cbentley@rvu.edu  - Colorado Campus, Pod B

President, Hands for Health Foundation, Aurora, CO.www.handsforhealthfoundation.org

Vice-Chair, Kilimanjaro Mission Hospital, www.kilimanjaromissionhospital.org

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Title Description File type

Use this to get approval for extra credit in your track.

Title Description File type

View this email from Dr. Bentley for details.


View this email from Dr. Bentley for details.

Track or Treat Expo Presentations October, 2020

TRACK STUDENTS - Use this link to complete the form for your track.

General Information

Tracks are open to second semester first year students and run through the remainder of their education.

Academic Medicine & Leadership - UT currently and potentially adding CO as a cross-campus cohort

     Dr. David Park dpark@rvu.edu, emeritus

     Dr. Clyde Jensen cjensen@rvu.edu

     Dr. Heather Ferrill hferrill@rvu.edu


Digital Health - cross-campus as one cohort

     Dr. Cole Zanetti czanetti@rvu.edu

     Dr. Regan Stiegmann rstiegmann@rvu.edu


Global Medicine - CO and UT, separately


     Dr. Camille Bentley - cbentley@rvu.edu 

     Dr. Vickie Roettger - vroettger@rvu.edu


     Dr. Mark Wardle - mwardle@rvu.edu


Rural & Wilderness Medicine - CO and UT, separately


     Dr. Dave Ross - dross@rvu.edu 


     Dr. Andy Nigh - anigh@rvu.edu

     Dr. Thomas Bigham - tbigham@rvu.edu


Long Term Care Medicine - Utah only

     Dr. David Crimin dcrimin@rvu.edu


Physician-Scientist - CO and UT, separately


     Dr. Rebecca Ryznar - rryznar@rvu.edu 


     Dr. Amanda Brooks - abrooks@rvu.edu


Urban Underserved - Colorado Only

     Dr. Jean Bouquet jbouquet@rvu.edu

     Ms. Jen Fisher jfisher@rvu.edu 



General Information

Electives are open to all students, from any program who are in good standing. Course offerings may change due to enrollment, location, or fluency (Medical Spanish).  Please understand that as we add new courses, we may not be able to run every course every semester.

To register for an elective, email the course director. They will work on filling their classes and when their roster is finalized, they will work with the Registrar to get students officially enrolled.   

Colorado-Sponsored Electives

Graphic Novels & Medicine 

     Dr. George igeorge@rvu.edu 

History of Medicine

     Ms. Fisher - jfisher@rvu.edu 

     Dr. Elizabeth George - egeorge@rvu.edu

Medical Spanish

     Dr. Mark Wardle - mwardle@rvu.edu

Medicine in Film

     Dr. An Dang - adang@rvu.edu

     Mr. Joe Richard - jrichard@rvu.edu


A couple of new electives are also in the works ... stay tuned!


Utah-Sponsored Electives

Medical Spanish Elective - 

      Mark Wardle, DO, mwardle@rvu.edu

       Thomas Bigham, DO  tbigham@rvu.edu


Fundamentals of East Asian Medicine Elective - 

        Keith Bodrero, DO kbodrero@rvu.edu

        Janene Borandi, DACM jborandi@rvu.edu



NOTE - Registration begins in mid-September and mid-January