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

Single semester Elective courses are also offered during the year, which cover topics such as Humanities in Medicine, Medical Spanish, 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. 

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.


Any questions please contact:

Department Admins:

Department Chair: Dr. Camille Bentley DO, MPH, FACOFP: at 

Colorado Campus, Pod B

President, Hands for Health Foundation, Aurora, CO.

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General Information

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


Digital Health 

     Dr. Cole Zanetti


Global Medicine

     Dr. Bentley 


Rural & Wilderness Medicine

     Dr. Ross 



     Dr. Ryznar 


Urban Underserved

     Dr. Jean Bouquet

     Ms. Jen Fisher 




Academic Medicine & Leadership

     Dr. Park 


Digital Health 

     Dr. Regan Stiegmann


Global Medicine

     Dr. Pryor 


Long Term Care Medicine

     Dr. Crimin


Rural & Wilderness Medicine

     Dr. Nigh 


Department Faculty and Staff
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General Information

Electives are open to any student in good standing after passing the first semester of their education.  Course offering 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, simply show up to class on the first day, check it out. If you like it, come back to the second class and be sure to sign-up on the provided sheet to be registered.   


Graphic Novels & Medicine (fall and spring)

     Dr. George 

History of Medicine (fall and spring)

     Ms. Fisher 

Medical Spanish (fall and spring)

     Mr. Foster 

Medicine in Film - BEGINNING IN JANUARY, 2020

     Dr. An Dang

     Dr. Amanda Smolinsky



Medical Spanish Elective - Mark Wardle, DO,


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

Global Medical Outreach Trips 2019-2020 School Year


     Colorado Campus

          Ecuador - Dr. Trawick


     Utah Campus

          Dominican Republic - Dr. Wardle

          Belize - Dr. Wilde

Global Medical Outreach - More Information