Tracks are subject-focused, supplemental enrichment programs inside of the DO degree. Students apply to a Track in the fall of their first year. Track courses begin in mid-January. Track students attend classes over and above the core curriculum. A student will stay with their chosen Track throughout their education unless they withdraw by choice or are asked to withdraw due to violation of the Track Requirements. A student may only participate in one Track, and they cannot change to a different Track once the Track classes have started. COLORADO SPARK PAGE - UTAH SPARK PAGE
These seven tracks are Academic Medicine and Leadership, Digital Health, Global Medicine, Long Term Care, Physician Scientist, Rural and Wilderness Medicine, and Urban Underserved.
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CLASS OF 2025 TRACK APPLICATION - open 10-16 to 11-1
academic medicine & leadership
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The award-winning Academic Medicine and Leadership Track aims to develop future physician faculty and leaders in academic medicine, medical organizations and in the overall U.S. healthcare system.
Students will learn through lectures and workshops on multi-faceted topics relevant to academic medicine and physician leadership. Students will learn about the under-graduate and graduate medical education systems, including governance structures, accreditation, funding, and processes. Students will learn about the US healthcare system by learning about hospital systems, insurance payment systems, workforce issues, and policy decisions that affect the healthcare system. Students will learn about organized medicine, health policy analysis and advocacy. Students will receive hands-on training in leadership skills including effective public speaker, running a meeting with parliamentary procedures, conflict management, and time management through active-participation workshops.
The track will be a continuum of 2 consecutive semester courses starting in the second semester of the first year. Students will be required to submit an application and interviews may be required. The educational objectives and contents of this track will be in addition to the required core curriculum.
long term care
This track provides students with specialized training and experience in longitudinal medical care meeting the growing demand for physicians who are capable of leading in quality management of longitudinal care services.
Students will learn various, multi-faceted topics in the continuity of Post-Acute, Long-Term Care, End-of Life Care, and Palliative and Hospice Care. Students are assigned a nursing home resident and will actively participate in the longitudinal care that patient, developing long-term relationships as health advocates for wellness. This hands-on experience allows students the opportunity to help their patients achieve the healthiest, highest quality of life possible.
The track will be a continuum of 2 consecutive semester courses starting in the second semester of the first year. There will be an application process for this track, and its educational objectives and contents will be in addition to the required core curriculum.
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, translational, educational, public health, and more. Students can expect to become proficient in experimental design, data analysis, the granting process, and presentation skills.
The goal of the UUT is to equip students with the knowledge, skill, and compassion necessary to serve the underserved. 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 underserved 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 underserved. 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.
The Digital Health Track aims to provide an intensive survey, exposure and clinical education surrounding a multitude of aspects of digital health. Our goal is to promote continuity and applicability of education for DHT students.
Students will experience hands-on and ongoing clinical experiences designed to enable the development of the skills necessary to interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with people from diverse cultures, socioeconomic, educational, and professional backgrounds and with patients of all ages and lifestyle preferences. Students will be encouraged to participate in a diverse array of digital health related medical outreach opportunities during their first 2 years as outlined in the syllabus.
The Digital Health Track course aims to provide an intensive survey, exposure and clinical education surrounding a multitude of aspects of digital health over two semesters, and into OMS years 3 and 4 which will have a clinical requirement for the track. In total, this will include over 60+ hours of classroom/clinical activities.
The Global Medicine Track is designed to equip RVUCOM students to more effectively serve global and underserved communities through identifying factors such as culture, customs, socioeconomic status, government and the healthcare system available to peoples throughout the world. Students will explore various approaches to working within the identified parameters.
GMT students will dive into the expansive nature of Global Medicine during their preclinical years. They will also be given various practical and hands-on experiences which will strengthen their ability to work with global and underserved populations both here and abroad. During the clinical years, GMT students will continue to personalize their education with a variety of options for global medicine experiences that include both domestic and international opportunities.
rural & wilderness medicine
The goals of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track are to identify and foster student interest in eventual medical practice in rural settings. Admission to the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track should be considered a four-year commitment for accepted students. In addition to the unique educational opportunities, there are significant obligations associated with the track in the first two years, as well as in the third and fourth years of training.
Student physicians who have a strong desire to practice rural medicine will find themselves shaped into well-rounded, compassionate, and competent healthcare leaders when participating in the RWM track.
This course is jam packed with all the diverse training a physician will need to work in a remote setting, with possibly limited tools at hand, and includes a robust extracurricular education of procedural skills in medicine and surgery. Students will have a variety of field experiences each semester including extensive emergent simulations.
In Colorado, RWM track students participate in three capstone courses. Capstone I is a 2-day exercise with rural EMS, Fire Department, and Search and Rescue services in Southwestern Wyoming, or the equivalent. Students are expected to function with emergency personnel performing real-life scenarios in on-scene settings. Capstone II is a 2-day exercise involving simulated avalanche rescue techniques at a Colorado ski area working with ski patrollers. Additionally, training is provided in critical illness or injury associated with remote high altitude environments. Capstone III is a – 3-day exercise that takes place at a ranch in the Northwest Colorado mountains. Students are exposed to common ranching practices including veterinary medicine and common injuries encountered in the wild. Skills such as signaling, navigation, and outdoor survival previously covered in track meetings on campus will be reviewed and practiced on this Capstone, along with emergency stabilization and transport skills.
Students in the Utah track will also participate in three capstone events. The nature of the events will be determined, but may include visits to rural physicians in the area and/or hands-on wilderness/austere environment training.
To be considered for the program students must demonstrate commitment to rural and remote practice and be capable of handling the extra work load required by the track. Admission criteria includes an in-person interview by R&WM students and faculty along with a review of applicants’ grades and overall academic status. Applications are considered during the fall semester of the first year for students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine with the initial track activities beginning in the Winter/Spring semester of the first year.