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Tracks & Special Programs

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.

CONTACTS:

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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Track or Treat - October 13, 2021
STUDENT RESOURCES
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View this email from Dr. Bentley for details.

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View this email from Dr. Bentley for details.

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

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ELECTRONIC FORMS
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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. Clyde Jensen cjensen@rvu.edu

     UNOFFICIAL IN CO - 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

   CO

     Dr. Camille Bentley - cbentley@rvu.edu 

     Dr. Vickie Roettger - vroettger@rvu.edu

   UT

     Dr. Mark Wardle - mwardle@rvu.edu

 

Rural & Wilderness Medicine - CO and UT, separately

   CO

     Dr. Dave Ross - dross@rvu.edu 

    UT

     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

  CO

     Dr. Rebecca Ryznar - rryznar@rvu.edu 

  UT

     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