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Winter 2014 Newsletter Vol. 7 No. 1
Global Medicine: Students Provide Healthcare in Kenya Page 4
Inside Students Get Training on Avalanche Rescue Techniques
RVU Gives Back with Annual Charity Ball
Highlighting the Achievements of RVU Students, Faculty and Staff
President's Message “A Great 2013 & High Aspirations for 2014” As we reflect on our accomplishments of 2013, we have a great deal to be proud of. We have successfully addressed all of the goals set forth by our Board of Trustees and have continued to establish RVU as a leader in medical education. With all of our accomplishments, (e.g. two graduating classes with 100% residency placement, COMLEX Board scores well above the national mean, the development of the RVU Alumni Association, and new student matriculants with mean GPAs and MCAT scores above the national mean – just to name a few) it is hard to imagine how we will be able to “top” our successes in the future. Now we need to take advantage of our position of strength and focus our goals toward expanding our national reputation beyond the medical education community. Clearly, quality student outcomes and achievements will remain as a top goal for RVU for 2014, and that will never change. We will continue to attract the best and the brightest students, faculty, and staff. We will keep our curriculum focused on the needs of physicians practicing medicine in the new era of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, one key focus for 2014 is to gain support and recognition for RVU by reaching out more to our community and legislators, both state and federal. We have already hosted dozens of state legislators, state government officials, congressional representatives and their staff, as well as a plethora of policy advocacy associations for meetings and a tour of our campus. We are especially interested in reaching our rural state legislatures and will sponsor a rural legislator lunch in March near the State Capitol. One immediate example of our state legislative impact, as noted in another article in this Vista View, was our invitation to speak before the Colorado Senate Health and Human Services Committee. An opportunity to talk about RVU and our successes to a willing group of State Senators is a great compliment to RVU. One can never have too many advocates and friends! They give a name and face to all the successes our RVU Community has achieved over the last six years. Every visitor who is on campus walks away as a new spokesperson, friend, and advocate for RVU. RVU advocates tell the story of the “RVU Way” and spread the word of our successes without us asking them to do so. Clearly the medical education community knows RVU and what we as a community have accomplished. Now, we need to expand our group of friends and advocates by increasing our national exposure.
We are currently working with our federal legislators to address pending regulations that could negatively impact RVU. Specifically, the pending federal regulations on Gainful Employment will create an untenable environment for our graduates, where they Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D. may be forced to give up their President and CEO passions to work with medically under-served populations where salaries might not be as high as those in certain specialties in urban regions. Our Senators and Congressional members have been working to change these regulations before they are finalized or perhaps to introduce new legislation that would remedy the negative impact to RVU. We hope to have success with these efforts this year as well. Another way we are expanding our national reach is by working with marketing professionals who have extensive experience in helping universities reach national audiences. There will be several marketing initiatives over the next several months, under the direction of Julie Rosenthal, Executive Director of Admissions and Marketing. We anticipate changes to the visual appearance of our marketing materials and website over this year as well. We are also beginning to develop a fundraising program that will bring scholarship resources for our students. A national fundraising campaign requires a great deal of support to be successful. The more our friends share the amazing stories of RVU successes, the better chance we have to head off potentially negative legislation and the easier it will be to gain student scholarship donations. In general, the more others know the “RVU Way”, the better off we are on many fronts. I will close this message by saying that none of our accomplishments would be possible without the outstanding contributions of all RVU community members: students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the RVU Board of Trustees. Our continued success is only possible with everyone working together and all sharing the responsibility for keeping the “RVU Way” a cornerstone of our work. Congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to working with all of you to achieve greater heights of success in 2014!
Dean's Message It is difficult today to find a person who will not agree that America’s Health Care System is broken. In fact, even those who manage this complex network complain that costs far outweigh the benefits patients glean from the system. Americans spend many times the amount spent by citizens of other industrialized countries, and yet we sit dead last when it comes to positive healthcare outcomes. We are now coming to realize that it is not money that makes a health system run efficiently, it is that good old “doctorpatient relationship”. It is having a Family Doctor who knows and cares about your problems and either provides care or facilitates getting what is needed to maintain good health. The problem now facing us is how to transform our system of care to provide for the production of more family doctors. If we lived in a communist country like China, we would simply mandate that all the specialists would stop practicing as Cardiologists and Neurologists and re-train as Family Doctors; in fact with the help of Osteopathic Family Physicians, China is doing just that today in several regions of their country. In a Democracy, we do not have that option, nor do we really want that option. We will all have to work together to transform our system of care. That means physicians, hospitals, allied health providers, legislators and insurers must decide on what each party can contribute or live without to better the entire system. Medical technology is a great thing and it has transformed all our lives, but too often it is expensive and requires much greater specialization to deliver it to patients. Greater specialization usually develops pockets of isolation of access to services by one group or another. This isolation can be a result of cost or geographic location. The best example of this principle is the 44% of our nation’s population that lives and works in rural areas. These rural folks do not have the immediate access to cardiac catheterization laboratories for treatment of heart attacks that their urban counterparts have. In Colorado, we have many counties that don’t have a hospital or even a physician or allied health provider, so the distance to reach high tech care for these folks is even longer. Care givers in rural areas have to be much more aware of the complications and often intervene with measures that offset the lack of cutting edge technology. New physicians tend to seek practices in the cities near big medical centers where specialization makes their task easier. They have become too reliant on machines and lab tests rather than their own diagnostic skills to diagnose and treat their patients. It takes much more time, effort and skill to be a physician who practices in areas with limited resources. So how do we level the access to those in remote areas? There are those who say we should shorten our curriculum and train primary care physicians in just three years rather than the traditional four year cycle. They say these graduates would be mandated to Family Practice
and to return to underserved areas. In my view, this approach is fundamentally flawed. Who would think that an airline pilot would need less training to fly a passenger plane from Denver to Colorado Springs than to fly that same plane from Denver to Chicago just because Colorado Springs was closer, smaller, and needed more flights? Some might argue pilots flying to Colorado Springs wouldn’t need high tech navigation Thomas N. Told, D.O., FACOFP dist., Interim Dean because they could just follow the freeway or judge headings by sighting off Pikes Peak. We could certainly have more access to flights and serve more people if we trained the cabin crews to do the job. Why, they might even possibly replace the pilot after they got a few more flight hours. Ticket prices would definitely drop and if our crew got into difficulty, pilots on the ground could take over the flights remotely just like a drone. In the interest of public safety, the FAA would never allow this scenario to happen. Why then do health planners suggest reducing training time for physicians simply to improve access to medical care for our rural citizens? Physicians share the same responsibility for excellence and protecting human life that airline pilots do, and the danger to public safety can be just as real if they are undertrained. I believe the solution to this problem comes by first inspiring our students to want to practice in areas of limited healthcare access, and giving them the skills, loan repayment, and confidence necessary to be successful. These skills are fostered not just by class time, but by many hours of direct patient contact and gaining vital maturity. We must educate our medical students to trust their clinical instincts and to always follow sound diagnostic practices that will involve not only technology, but observation, inspection, palpation, and auscultation. These skills can be fostered by a rigorous integrated systems based curriculum such as the one we deliver here at RVU over the entire four year cycle. Today’s medical student must not only master medicine, but be aware of cultural differences, communicate via all forms of social media, and become proficient at electronic medical records. Students must develop the skills to sift through the vast volumes of clinical data on their patients, distilling only those elements that translate into effective management and treatment. There is a difference between those who are trained to manage disease and those who are trained to diagnose and formulate disease management plans, and that is a process that cannot be crammed into any shorter cycle. Here at RVU, quality will never take a back seat to quantity.
RVU Students Provide Healthcare in Kenya By: Rebecca Bowden, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Assessment and Simulation Where there is a need, there is a way. Recently, RVU's Global Medicine students went to Kenya to provide healthcare to the many in need. A team of five clinicians, two community volunteers, and eight students worked together to visit 15 towns, complete over 1,500 patient encounters, and deworm over 950 children. The magnitude of need can be overwhelming, but RVU’s team stayed persistent as they rose every day at dawn to drive to the next village, set-up makeshift healthcare stations, treat hundreds of patients, take down the stations, reload the truck, and prepare to do it all over again the next day. As the clinicians, volunteers, and students worked fervently to provide the best care possible, a mantra was born: “TIA”, standing for “This Is Africa”. This mantra summed up cultural differences with just three letters. Here are a few of the “TIA” moments experienced. This is Africa. Patients will tell you they’ve been
RVU student doctors hand out toothbrushes
attacked by lions, hippos, and elephants and they'll have the wounds to prove it. This is Africa. A traffic jam on the way to work involves giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, zebras and gazelles in varying numbers. This is Africa. Everything takes four times longer than planned and twenty times longer than in the States. This is Africa. Goat stew will be served for dinner. And lunch. Every day. This is Africa. All come back to the States exhausted. All can’t wait to sign on to do it all over again the following year. Thank you clinicians, community volunteers, and students for your time and your persistence in helping those in need!
RVU Team of Volunteers
Drew Rose, OMS-III performing an OMM treatment
Kenyan Case Studies Case 1: SD Annaliese Stone, OMS-III, attended to a three or four year old girl with a complaint from the mother that she was fatigued. The physical signs found included a puffy face, swollen abdomen and swollen lower legs. She also had nearly white fingernail beds. These are classic signs of a severe protein deficiency and the nutrient deficiency that accompanies it, called Kwashiorkor. This occurred due to a combination of a relative lack of protein source and the cultural importance males have over females. SD Stone ensured information about the fatal nature of this process was translated and sent the mother home with baby formula to immediately enhance her protein intake, hoping it would be used to help this little girl. Case 2: SD Vanessa Baca, OMS-III, attended to an elderly man who saw her for very painful knee arthritis. He was helped into the clinic by his son, who was almost carrying him since his father could hardly bear weight on this knee. After determining it was not septic, she drained inflammatory fluid from the joint then injected the space with a mix of triamcinolone, plain lidocaine and plain marcaine to relieve his pain. She then spent time educating the man and his son about the ways he could specifically add range of motion and alter his activity on a regular basis to help diminish the arthritic pain going forward. Case 3: One of the prevalent problems among the village populations are GI parasites particularly worms. This is an endemic problem due to the living on dirt floors and the lack of refrigeration or clean water to drink and cook with. Worm infestation reduces the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and nutrients that would otherwise be absorbed for use in the body, already at a premium in their limited diet. Student doctors administered a single dose of deworming medication to every infant and child in the village. This was done in every village visited on the trip, often treating 100-160 kids each day, amounting to very close to 1000 infants and children total.
Annaliese Stone, OMS-III, evaluates a patient
Vanessa Baca, OMS-III, draws fluid from knee
Morgan Galante, OMS-III, administers deworming medication
Rural & Wilderness Medicine
Avalanche Rescue Training at Wolf Creek Pass By: Thomas Told, D.O., FACOFP dist., Interim Dean Avalanches are equal opportunity killers! They stand ready to snuff out the lives of the novice and the professional, the weak and the strong. In Colorado, as well as surrounding states, tragedy has befallen even those who study and control avalanches for a living. As aspiring rural physicians in the backcountry of Colorado, RVU students need to be educated and vigilant at all times. Several years ago, RVU teamed up with the Wolf Creek Ski Patrol, the EMS Services of Archuletta and Mineral County, and Mercy Hospital Flight for Life in Durango to take part in yearly drills for avalanche rescue and evacuation. The driving force behind this year's effort was the Wolf Creek Ski Area and their very capable corps of National Ski Patrollers who keep the mountain safe for skiers. The ski area had not seen snow since before Christmas and things were looking bleak for not only the exercise, but for skiing as well. It would take the RVU Rural and Wilderness Medicine students to come to the rescue with an epic winter storm that would end up depositing five feet of snow in seven days. That storm greeted the students the night before the exercise and provided thrilling driving conditions up Wolf Creek Pass the night before and the day of the exercise. Driving snow, whiteout conditions, and cold weather added to the realism of the exercise, but did not stop it from going forward. The weather conditions ended up grounding the Flight for Life Helicopter, but did not stop the EMS from responding. They arrived on the scene with a ground ambulance and crew to assist in the drill. Students learned the finer points of managing trauma in remote locations and also learned some tricks to delivering quality care with limited resources. Upon arriving at the top of the mountain via the new high speed quad lift, the students were greeted with 80 mph winds and heavy snow. They gathered in the Ski Patrol shack to meet the avalanche rescue dogs and learned how to locate misfortunate skiers who were trapped under the snow. (continued on page 7)
Rural & Wilderness Medicine continued (continued from page 6) The students went over how to control avalanches, including the proper ways to set up explosives to bring down dangerous cornices that build up on the ridges. They interacted with avalanche rescue dogs and experienced firsthand the process of probing for persons under the snow once the dog picked up a scent. Students participated in simulated trauma situations with the Ski Patrol and learned in real time the difficulties of handling injured patients in deep snow with howling winds and blinding snowflakes.
RVU Student Doctor and avalanche rescue dog
Following the exercise, the RVU Rural and Wilderness Medicine students debriefed with Dr. Grant Hurley, the ski patrolâ€™s Medical Advisor, and discussed the roles of an EMS Advisor and Rural Emergency Physician. All felt it was a very useful and informative experience as it drove home the difficulties that severe weather can bring to an emergency situation.
Blizzard conditions continue as students search for avalanche "victims"
RVU Student Doctors ready to begin avalanche training Rural and Wilderness Honors Medicine Track Student Doctors and Dr. Told
Holiday Appreciation Luncheon
Camille Bentley, D.O., Monique McKenna, & Marsha Sellner were among the recepients of the 6 year service award.
The Holiday Appreciation Luncheon was a great way for faculty and staff to relax and enjoy some time together in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the end of Fall Semester. Hosted on December 6th at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows, the luncheon included a catered buffet, followed by a chocolate fountain dessert. As an extra treat, the Events Planning Committee assembled a number of prizes for a drawing. The grand prize â€“ an iPad2 â€“ was awarded to Hannah Golesh, Administrative Assistant to Admissions and Marketing. RVU President, Cheryl Lovell, Ph.D.,
Liz Neuhalfen displays her prize, an Adroid Tablet
took the opportunity to express her appreciation for the contributions of the staff and faculty over the year, with special recognition to those who had been employed at RVU for five years or more. At the end of the event, faculty and staff were invited to record video messages to Dwight Hertz, M.D., Professor of Pathology, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. In addition to individual well-wishers, a large group regaled the camera with a spirited rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
Hannah Golesh, Rachel Moore, Gary Pippin, & Maria Jerez
Hannah Golesh displays her prize, an IPAD
Holiday Appreciation Luncheon cont. Celebrating 5+ Years of Service! A portion of the Holiday Appreciation Luncheon was dedicated to honoring faculty and staff who have served our University for 5-6 years. Thank you for your commitment to Rocky Vista University!
6 Years of Service Camille Z. Bentley, D.O. Walter R. Buck, Ph.D. Stephen L. Putthoff, D.O. Julie K. Rosenthal Marsha A. Sellner Joseph M. Stasio, D.O. Monique R. McKenna
5 Years of Service Jeff Adams Frank R. Ames, Ph.D. Rebecca Bowden, Ph.D. Duane T. Brandau, Ph.D. Linda Cairns Brad Ellis Cindy K. Funk, Ph.D. Katy Hunsberger Adrienne M. Kania, D.O. Robert J. Ketchum, Ph.D. Schoen Kruse, Ph.D.
Francine C. Lata Kathleen C. Leary Michael W. Martin, Ph.D. Thomas Mohr, D.O. Laura A. Mohr, Ph.D. Elizabeth J. Neuhalfen Erin E. Palazzolo Brian D. Schwartz Michael E. Tieman, M.D. Christopher J. Unrein, D.O.
Recepients of the Service Award
RVU's Annual Charity Ball Raises Funds for a Women's Shelter RVU Students tried their luck in poker and roulette as they attended this year's Winter Ball, a casino themed fundraising event held at Mile High Station. This event gave students a chance to enjoy a night out, while spending time with classmates, faculty and alumni. Every attendee of the event left a winner as the event raised over $3,000.00 for the Denver Women's Shelter. A big thank you to the Student Government Association for planning this event and to Catering by Design for the delicious treats.
Jackie Vroman, OMS-II, and Guest
Jane Wieler, OMS-I, and Justice Richardson, OMS-I
Chelsea Moore, OMS-I, and Guest
RVU student doctors try their luck in Blackjack
Samantha Engle, OMS-I, and Guest
Maria Abernethy, OMS-II, Kathryn Fischer, OMSII, Guest, and Chelsey Zahler, OMS-II
Brad Hammon, OMS-II, Justin Evans, OMS-II, and Greg Gibbs, OMS-II
First Annual Dress a Live Angel Program Provides Aid During the Holidays RVU's first annual Dress a Live Angel Program was a huge success! The holidays can be a financially challenging time for families, so Judy Thornton, Director of Educational Support, and Erica Whatley, Student Affairs Coordinator, decided to take action. They created a program that would brighten the holidays for those who needed a helping hand in the RVU Community. Employees and students registered children in need, who were then represented by Angel cards hung on the holiday tree in the lobby to be selected by “Secret Shoppers.” Thanks to the generosity of the participants, 32 little angels, ranging in age from 2-16, had special gifts to unwrap for the holidays. "Thank you so much again for the Angels Program and creating an opportunity for my neices to have a great Christmas!" -Anonymous
RVU Gives Back with Fundraiser to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation
RVU's holiday tree surrounded by gifts donated by students, faculty and staff.
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, RVU students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to give back to the community by simply writing a letter to Santa. The request to write letters came from Heather Ferrill, D.O., Associate Professor of OPP, on behalf of Addison, a 10 year old with leukemia who was collecting the letters to benefit the MakeA-Wish Foundation. For every letter collected, Macy‘s agreed to donate $2. Student organizations, ACOP and ACOFP, joined together to create Santa Letter writing stations, which were fully stocked with paper and markers. With the help of students, staff and faculty, RVU was able to collect 550 letters, therefore raising $1,100.00 for Addison to give to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Santa Letter Writing Station
Stack of Dear Santa Letters
Grace Borton, OMS-I, creates a card for Santa
Update on the Colorado Legislature By: Jeani Frickey Saito, Government Relations
Members of the Colorado General Assembly convened in Denver on January 8th to mark the first day of the 2014 legislative session. State lawmakers will work until May 8th during what is expected to be a busy, but less contentious, session than last year. As the legislature considers legislation on a number of key topics, including healthcare, RVU will continue to maintain a presence at the Capitol, working with legislators and stakeholders to improve Coloradan’s access to quality healthcare.
RVU President and CEO Cheryl Lovell, Ph.D. and Interim RVUCOM Dean Thomas Told, D.O., were invited by Sen. Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) to make a presentation to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee during the first official meeting of the committee. Sen. Aguilar, the legislature’s only practicing physician, visited RVU this fall to learn more about what RVU can and is doing to help increase the number of physicians in rural Colorado. Dr. Lovell notes that this “was an important day for RVU as we had an invitation to speak to the Senators about RVU. The state Senate formally installed Sen. Mor- It is not often that an institutional president gets gan Carroll (D-Aurora) as President of the Sen- the chance to share the good work about their ate. Sen. Carroll was elected by her colleagues to campus, and at the same time, not ask for any serve in the top leadership position after her pre- resources. This gave the Senators a good chance decessor, former Sen. John Morse (D-Colorado to just hear about RVU’s successes and contribuSprings), was recalled in a special election held tions to the state without regard to any funding last September. The Senate also welcomed the concerns.” newest members, Sen. Bernie Herpin (R-Colorado Springs) and Sen. George Rivera (R-Pueblo), RVU will continue to meet with state legislators who were elected as part of the September recall to learn more about their districts’ local health elections. Rivera was elected to replace former care needs and to introduce lawmakers and their State Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). constituents to the resources that may be available from RVU, its students and its graduates.
Senator Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa), Thomas Told, D.O., FACOFP dist., and Cheryl Lovell, Ph.D.
Update on Graduate Medical Education By: Thomas Mohr, D.O., FACOI, Executive Director of RMOPTI, Vice Dean
GME Development The RVU Office of Graduate Medical Education and Rocky Mountain OPTI continue to work towards expansion of graduate medical education opportunities in the region. In the state of Colorado, we have been working closely with Peak Vista Community Health Centers to establish a unique communitybased family medicine residency program with the help of federal grant money. We are also in close contact with several other hospitals in the Denver area that have shown some early interest in GME. Littleton Adventist Hospital and The Medical Center of Aurora are having ongoing discussions with RVU concerning GME. It is still too early to predict if and when programs may be launched, but the discussions have been encouraging.
Outside the state, Vice Dean Thomas Mohr, D.O., has been meeting with the administration of hospitals within the MountainStar system which is predominately in Utah, but also has hospitals in Idaho and Alaska. Dr. Mohr, Marsha Sellner and the GME Staff have been working to create the financial prospectus for these programs, identify physician leadership, promote buy-in from the physician staff, and gather documents required by the AOA for accreditation. While we are hopeful that one or more of these programs will be launched in 2015, there are many obstacles outside of our control that must be overcome to launch new GME programs.
GME Programs Awarded Grants We are pleased to announce that two new Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs have been awarded Teaching Health Center Grants by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The Teaching Health Center grant is a component of the Affordable Care Act. This five year grant is a pilot project by the government to investigate a new method of funding GME that is more consistent with workforce needs. Currently, all funding for GME must be paid to a hospital and the individual hospital determines what specialties they will train based on the hospital's needs. This often means that inpatient residency programs take precedence over ambulatory care residencies such as Family Medicine. The Teaching Health Center grant is awarded to ambulatory centers such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, or Community Mental Health Centers. If awarded, the grant pays for the residents' salaries and benefits as well as stipends for residency leadership and associated costs of the residency training.
Idaho Physicians Clinic is a federally designated Rural Health Center in Blackfoot, Idaho, which is about a 2-3 hour drive from Salt Lake City. They are associated with Bingham Memorial Hospital, a 25 bed critical access hospital. A new osteopathic internal medicine residency program has been approved for four residents per year. Certain inpatient rotations will be conducted at Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah and housing will be provided during those rotations. This is an exciting new model for internal medicine training and RVU is proud to be associated with this new program. The program entered the current Match and will launch in July 2014. It has been awarded $600,000 by the grant program. With the advent of the residency program, Bingham/IPC will also act as a regional base for our third year medical students.
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From the Rocky Vista University Alumni Association Alumni President's Message Fellow Alumni, We are excited for what 2014 brings for the Rocky Vista University Alumni Association. First, we are proud to announce that the Alumni Association has received our 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption Status, making the association a public charity. This tax exemption status will allow us to grow as an Association and give back to the good of the Alumni and Rocky Vista University. One way we plan to give back is through scholarships for Rocky Vista University students. The Alumni Association is honored to be a part of awarding the Brandon Trusell Service Scholarship. It is never too late to become a contributing member of the Rocky Vista University Alumni Association. Every contributing member allows us to build a strong foundation for the Alumni Association. Alumni dues for a year during residency are 25 dollars/year. Checks made payable to Rocky Vista Alumni Association may be sent to Julie Rosenthal, RVU Admissions office. Cheers, Meghan Croteau, D.O., '12 Alumni Association President/CEO
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Resident Spotlight: Paul Moullet, D.O., '12
Following graduation from RVU, Dr. Moullet completed a Family Medicine Internship from Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in June 2013. Afterwards he volunteered to perform a General Medical officer tour with 1st battalion, 5th marine regiment in Camp Pendleton, CA. Following this two year commitment, he hopes to continue residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego in their Paul Moullet, D.O., '12 radiology residency program. Dr. Moullet hopes to continue his career in the military and one day retire from active duty service. He is also strongly considering a fellowship, if available, in interventional radiology. Additionally, we would like to congratulate Dr. Moullet and wife, Zea on the arrival of their daughter this past October! Dr. Moullet gives this advice to current RVU Students: “If I’ve learned anything in my short time in the military, it’s that you have to be prepared for anything - and you will still feel unprepared. You are about to embark on a whirlwind of training and you will definitely feel unprepared, but you will also get the reward of overcoming your challenges. When you get to connect with a patient for the first time and they call you their doctor and you are the only one they want to see, it will feel like nothing else in the world. Embrace the future and own it. Make it your own and your patients will love you for it.”
Alumni Achievements Rebecca Lewis, D.O., '12, was appointed to the National Resident Board. Congratulations, Rebecca!
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The RVU Alumni Association is working on developing scholarships to help students offset the cost of their medical education. A scholarship and fundraising drive will be launched in May; however tax deductible contributions will gladly be accepted prior to that time to help support RVU students.
COPIC Medical Foundation Scholarship The RVU Alumni Association is pleased to announce the COPIC Medical Foundation Scholars Program. This program will provide one tuition waiver of $5,000 per academic year for four years to an incoming RVUCOM student. Eligibility requirements include:
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Colorado resident Matriculating into RVUCOM Outstanding traits of character and leadership qualities Demonstrable financial need
Eligibility is dependent upon the recipient’s continued enrollment in good standing at RVUCOM as well as meeting the requirements set forth by the COPIC Medical Foundation – including attending a COPIC Bootcamp and Claims Committee in the first two years of medical school and presentation of Mentored Scholarly Activity at a COPIC Board Meeting. An announcement and application for the COPIC Medical Foundation Scholars Program will be emailed to all accepted students from Colorado within the next several weeks.
Brandon Trusell Memorial Scholarship
The RVU Alumni Association received a gift of $1000 from the Conklin Family Foundation in memory of Brandon Trusell. A $1000 tuition waiver will be awarded to an incoming RVUCOM student who exhibits an exemplary commitment to service. This is a one year award. This scholarship is offered in addition to the Brandon Trusell Service Scholarship awarded through the University. Please contact Julie Rosenthal if you would like to contribute to this scholarship, or to the general scholarship fund.
Achieving New Heights Highlighting the Accomplishments of Our Faculty, Staff and Physicians in Training
Ali Ansary, OMS-IV, co-authored an article recently published in the Huffington Post titled â€œAmerica's Healthcare Crisis: A Prescription for Breaking the Cycle.â€? The article discusses the need to incorporate new mental models and creativity within medical education and forward-thinking changes to practice and delivery. This imaginative thinking has spurred an initiative co-founded by SD Ansary called Tomorrow's Doctor, www.tomorrowsdoctor.org, which is a forum for discussion of what is envisioned for physicians and healthcare in the 21st century. Well done, Ali! LeAnn Jons-Cox, D.O., Department Chair of Osteopathic Principles and Practices, was published in the prestigious International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine with her article, "The Self-Directed Osteopathic Medical Student: Bringing Adult Learning into the Osteopathic Manipulative Technique Lab." Gerald Grow's Staged Self-Directed Learning Model is presented as a means to transition students to an andragogical educational format. In this model, second year osteopathic medical students self-assess their OMT educational needs and choose to either review previously taught techniques or learn additional techniques. This track-lab concept shows promise as a method of introducing self-directed learning to the osteopathic manipulative technique lab setting. Congratulations, Dr. Jons-Cox! Justin Grant, OMS-III, was able to show his expertise and share his experience at the annual OMT workshop held in conjunction with the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program in Cheyenne, WY. SD Grant assisted Dr. Ron Malm in teaching the residents proper technique. Pamela MacMillan, Medical Education and New Innovations Coordinator says, "All the RVU students have been a joy to work with and we'll miss seeing their smiling faces around the clinic when their rotations are done!" Well done, Justin!
Ali Ansary, OMS-IV
LeAnn Jons-Cox, D.O.
Justin Grant, OMS-III
David Kanze, D.O., and Kylie Kanze, D.O., were recently published in the AAO Journal with their article entitled "Osteopathic Manipulation in the Treatment of Primary Nocturnal Enuresis: A Retrospective Chart Review." Congratulations, Drs. Kanze!
David Kanze, D.O.
Kylie Kanze, D.O.
Achieving New Heights Highlighting the Accomplishments of Our Faculty, Staff and Physicians in Training
Kathy Leary, Executive Director of Student Financial Services, was elected ViceChairperson of the AACOM Council of Student Financial Aid Administrators at the annual AAMC Professional Development Conference (PDC) for Health Profession Financial Aid Administrators. At this conference, Kathy also presented at a seminar for new financial aid officers. Over 200 participants from graduate schools of allopathic and ostepathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine attended the conference. Well done, Kathy!
Jacob Ludwig, OMS-IV, OPP Fellow, took first place at the annual RVU A. Hollis Wolf Competition and will be competing in the National Competition in Colorado Springs later this month. Congratulations and best of luck, Jacob! Jacob Ludwig, OMS-IV
Jesse Snider, OMS-I, was published as co-author in the Journal Sleep, with an article entitled, "Light and Melatonin for Phase Advancing the Human Circadian Clock: Combination of Light and Melatonin Time Cues for Phase Advancing the Human Circadian Clock." SD Snider conducted the research while completing his Masters at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The team looked at the most effective methods at shifting a person’s circadian rhythm and treating circadian sleep-wake disorders. Congratulations, Jesse! Jesse Snider, OMS-I
Christopher Unrein, D.O., FACOI, FACP, CMD, was awarded the title, “Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists”, an honor bestowed by the ACOI for continuing professional activities, accomplishments and scholarship in the practice of osteopathic medicine and service to the public and community. Additionally, Dr. Unrein successfully passed the Hospice and Palliative Care Board exam given by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Unrein is now board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine and well as being certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by both boards. Congratulations, Dr. Unrein and much continued success!
Christopher Unrein, D.O.
Jie Casey, OMS-III, was appointed to the ACOFP National Student Board. Congratulations, Jie! Jie Casey, OMS-III
Achieving New Heights Highlighting the Accomplishments of Our Faculty, Staff and Physicians in Training
RVU Vice Dean and Students Win Awards at CSOM Conference Thomas Mohr, D.O., FACOI, Executive Director of RMOPTI, Vice Dean, and Professor of Internal Medicine, was awarded the CSOM Colorado Osteopathic Physician of the Year Award for 2013 at the annual Colorado Society of Osteophatic Medicine (CSOM) Conference in Keystone, Colorado, In addition to this award, Kabeer Shah, D.O., '13, took first place for his research, "Perforating Elastic Fibers in Differentiation of Keratocanthoma vs. Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Pseudoepithelial Hyperplasia". Jeanna West-Miles, OMS-III, took second place for her research, "Application of OMT in Acute Trauma Setting" and Jennifer Cheng, OMS-III, was a contributing author for the research titled, "Thrombus in Transit", which won third place at the conference. Dr. Mohr pictured with Dr. Told and Dr. Lovell
Congratulations, Dr. Mohr, Dr. Shah, SD West-Miles and SD Cheng!
Combat Training in the 21st Century Presentation In a Capitol Hill briefing on October 22, 2013, Col. Anthony LaPorta, M.D., Professor of Clinical Surgery and Course Director of the RVU Military Medicine Honors Track, demonstrated the use of the Cut Suit Surgical Simulator and offered a hands-on experience of the latest state of the art medical training device. Attendees were given the opportunity to understand and discuss how new products will improve the U.S. militaryâ€™s care of wounded service personnel. The forum focused on the need for a new paradigm in combat trauma training and how devices such as the Cut Suit, featuring life-like skin, anatomically correct organs, breakable bones and realistic blood flow and clotting, develop effective trauma surgeons.
cal standards in research. The PCRM has influenced changes in medicine through its innovative programs and leads activities to better inform Congress on the fluctuating standards and demands of nutrition and research.
The briefing was presented by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an organization dedicated to preventive medicine and highly ethiAnthony LaPorta, M.D.
Reflections from a Rotation in Liberal, Kansas Jie Casey, OMS-III, reflects on his clinical rotations in Liberal, Kansas. SD Casey says the most rewarding part of doing multiple rotations in a small town is the continuity of care and the sense of community. “I’ve seen expectant mothers in Jie Casey, OMS-III, with Baby Ariel the clinic and delivered their baby while on OB service, then weeks later cared for the newborn while doing my pediatrics rotation. Then I end up seeing them at the local diner for breakfast or at the grocery store.” Being the only physician in a rural area means you wear many hats. SD Casey has taken an OB call while in the FM clinic; ran upstairs, changed into scrubs, delivered, and then rushed back downstairs to finish his shift in the FM clinic. He has experienced inpatient calls and ED shifts, so
it was common to admit one of his clinic patients through the ED or to the medical floor and then provide the follow-up care. Being the only student doctor on any given rotation, SD Casey has front row access to his patients and extensive hands-on experiences. For example, SD Casey has delivered 14 babies, inserted two different types of IUDs as well as one implant, sutured numerous patients (31 on one patient!), given a digital block, drained and packed abscesses, administered general anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, epidural injections, and hyaluronate knee injection, and attended three autopsies. “The experience has been more beneficial and more fun than I could have ever imagined. Besides all of the fantastic doctors I’ve been able to work with, the hospital administration has been incredibly supportive. I would highly recommend rotating in Liberal to any student, but especially to those who plan to practice in a rural setting in their career.” Well done, SD Casey!
Dew Tour Mountain Championships Breckenridge, Colorado was the only winter stop for the Dew Tour Mountain Championships. Ten RVU students, two OPP Fellows and Kenneth Ramey, DO, Academic Director of the Pre-Doctoral OPP Fellowship and Assistant Professor of OPP, were able to help provide sports medicine coverage December 13-14, 2013. This opportunity was provided by WMI Global, who specializes in event risk management, emergency/sports medicine and rescue services. This Olympic qualifying event was attended by some of the best snowboarders and skiers in the world and the students gained knowledge and up-close experience in the evaluation and management of potentially catastrophic athletic injuries.
Kaitlyn Farrington Dew Tour Halfpipe Champ & Gold Medalist in Sochi Olympics
On the Road: RVU Admissions The Admissions Office has been busy with visits to schools and recruitment fairs to get the word out about the great things happening at RVU. The states recently visited include: California, Idaho, and Utah, where they visited over 20 Universities including: San Francisco State University, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine, University of Southern California, Mt. San Antonio College, California State University campuses at Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach and Sacramento, the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles and Riverside, Boise State University, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University, Weber State University, University of Utah and Utah State University. Admissions has also been active locally, both with hosting events and visiting Colorado schools, including Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Western State University, and Regis University. In late October, they hosted a half-day program for students from Colorado State University-Fort Collins’ post-baccalaureate program. The visitors were able to sit in on lectures, visit labs, and hear from several faculty and staff
members about the osteopathic program. Assistant Director of Admissions Katy Hunsberger says, “Visits with Pre-Health Clubs and post-baccalaureate students are some of the most productive events because they provide a targeted audience; the students are genuinely interested in learning about Rocky Vista and the profession.” Julie Rosenthal, MS, Director of Admissions and Marketing, met with and interviewed Utah Rural Health Scholars who are interested in RVUCOM's Early Acceptance Program. Once or twice a month, Admissions also hosts Tour and Transcript Review events that are open to the public. Admissions Team Members provide a group tour of the campus, and counselling appointments can be made before and after the tour for individualized attention. Admissions Counselor Cassidy Chambers says, “Transcript reviews are a great way for prospective students to gauge where they stand in RVU’s competitive applicant pool. We are able to advise them on how to strengthen their academic profile and clinical experience in order to present a stronger application.” The upcoming dates and RSVP instructions can be found on the RVU homepage, www.rvu.edu.
SOMA Club Hosts ShaDO Day Recently, RVU's SOMA Club hosted a ShaDO Day giving students interested in osteopathic medicine a chance to learn more about RVU by shadowing current osteopathic medical students. These shadowing students sat in on GI Path Lectures, ate lunch with SOMA officers while getting questions answered by faculty, observed the OPP Lab and went on a school tour. One of the students who attended the ShaDO day wrote, "I just wanted to send you guys a thank you email and let you know how welcoming you all were for the ShaDO Day at RVU. It definitely made me 100 percent certain of my application to DO schools as interviews are coming around the corner. I'm sure it took a lot of time and care, but the ShaDO Day was above and beyond what I even hoped for." Thank you SOMA club for hosting this event!
Officers of the SOMA Club with ShaDO Students
ShaDO Student observes an OMM Treatment
Admissions cont. RVU Admissions Team Welcomes New Student Ambassadors for the Class of 2017 As prospective students journey to Rocky Vista University, an intregal part of their interview day experience is a tour of the school and lunch with RVUCOM Student Ambassadors. During this tour and informal lunch, prospective students get the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the culture here at RVU straight from the mouths of current students. The ambassadors also represent RVU to the community at large. Congratulations to the new first year student ambassadors!
Edward (Ed) Labovitz
Charles (Charlie) Simpkin
Updates from the Rocky Vista Health Center
The Rocky Vista Health Center (RVHC) has been busy with completing renovations, rebuilding the residency program, and getting the word out with many marketing initiatives including a new website (www.rockyvistahc.com). The RVHC specializes in internal medicine, primary care, sports medicine, and osteopathic manipulative medicine and currently has three physicians: Christopher Unrein, D.O., FACOI, FACP, CMD; Kenneth Ramey, D.O.; and William (Bill) Warkentin, M.D., FACP. These physicians supervise seven residents: Akaash (Akku) Acharya, D.O., '13; Andrew Brown, D.O., '12; Nolan Crusat, D.O.; Amanda Jo Hersh, D.O., '13; Aron Hull, D.O., '13; Bethany Mullins, D.O.; and Jonathan Winthers, D.O. This team of physicians and residents continually work together to acheive the best results for their patients.
Andrew Brown, D.O.
Akaash (Akku) Acharya, D.O.
Amanda Jo Hersh, D.O.
Aron Hull, D.O.
Nolan Crusat, D.O.
Bethany Mullins, D.O.
Jonathan Winthers, D.O.
Updates from the Rocky Vista Health Center Meet the Staff in the Rocky Vista Health Center Ashley Chase, MA completed her externship from Concorde College at RVHC and began working for the clinic in October, 2013. Ashley says “It’s wonderful to work in a place where everyone gets along.” Ashley has 2 cats, ‘Tubby’ and ‘Kitty’, loves video games and is a voracious reader. Ashley’s smile and personality welcomes every patient in the clinic. Ashley Chase, MA
Glaisa Crepeau began working in the front office at RVHC in October 2013 after returning to Colorado following her discharge from the Army. Glaisa was a medic in the Army, stationed at Ft. Carson, and now uses her medical knowledge as patient “Referral Coordinator” for the clinic. Nico is Glaisa’s three year old son, who keeps her busy. Glasia is a valued member of the clinical team. Glaisa Crepeau
Maria Jerez has been the smiling face in the front office of RVHC for two years and enjoys the challenges of medical administration. Maria has worked with an orthopedic surgeon and feels right at home assisting the patients at the clinic. Maria loves the outdoors, camping and biking and is an avid kickboxer. As an integral member of the clinic staff, Maria strives to offer exceptional service and support.
Rachel Moore, MA began working in the RVHC in September 2011 after graduating with a dual degree in Medical Assisting and X-Ray Technician from Anthem College. Rachel says the greatest part of her job is the patient care and plans to return to school one day to pursue Nursing. In her free time, Rachel loves cardio kickboxing, snowboarding, music of all kinds and her cat and two dogs. Unfortunately, Rachel is still recovering from the Broncos Super Bowl loss, but says she loves them anyway. Suzanna Roessler is a medical receptionist for the RVHC and is originally from Sochi, Russia. She came to the US with friends to learn the language, but stayed because she loves the country. Suzanna’s six year old daughter fills all her free time, but Suzanna’s mother is here to help out. Suzanna came to Colorado from California where she did medical billing, and home healthcare and was the assistant manager of an adult daycare. The clinic is delighted to have her on staff.
Rachel Moore, MA
Welcome to our New Employees Drew Armstrong Library Clerk
Drew comes to RVU from St. Angelo, Texas and is filling in part time in the Library until he matriculates into the Class of 2018 in the fall. With a double major in Biomedical Science and Clinical Research Management, Drew has the experience and drive that will make him a successful clinician. Coauthoring and contributing to several impressive bodies of research, Drew also comes from a long family line of physicians including his mother, a nurse practitioner and professor. If you have a free minute, ask Drew about his work on the Human Genome Project! Besides being an accomplished researcher, Drew enjoys his three children (ages 15, 13 and 10), SCUBA diving, and home brewing. He is also a self-proclaimed culinary wizard. Welcome, Drew!
Robert Biber, M.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Primary Care
with the Fall Semester.
As a Colorado native, Dr. Biber has returned home after recently retiring from his Urology practice in Missouri after 31 years of clinical practice. Dr. Biber will be working as part of the lab faculty in Dr. Stasio's 1st and 2nd year PCM course starting regularly
Once home, Dr. Biber says he felt a need to give back to his profession, hence the impetus to work with students at RVU. He says, “The time I have already spent with the students is validating that goal.” Dr. Biber attended University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree and medical school, he completed his
urology residency at UC-Boulder. Dr. Biber is an avid runner, having competed in several marathons around the country. He enjoys biking, hiking and any other outdoor pursuit you can name. His special interest is classical piano which he pursues on a daily basis. He enjoys spending time with his wife Mary, his children and his grandchildren (with more on the way). Interesting to know; Dr. Biber has four beautiful daughters; they are 16 months apart and three are identical triplets! Welcome, Dr. Biber!
Marlese moved from Omaha, Nebraska, to Parker in December 2012 and was drawn to RVU due to her extensive experience working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health as an Administrative Associate in the Dean’s Office, as a Standardized Patient Coordinator and as a Learning Resource Associate in the College of Medicine. She also had a desire to get back into medical simulation. Until recently, Marlese has been assisting with RVU's Simulation Center and Standardized Patient program. “I was excited to find and be part of RVU because I can see it’s a vibrant and growing university where faculty, staff, and students are very dedicated to education and involvement in the community. I really enjoy working in a university environment, especially with students who are committed to the field of medicine. Proctoring exams is a way to contribute to assisting in the success of the students and the college. This has been a fun and rewarding experience.” Marlese and her husband have six grown children and 14 grandchildren. In her free time, Marlese loves to travel, explore the beauties of nature, sing, serve in her church, craft, and sew.
Welcome to our New Employees cont. Fernando Gomez, M.D. Professor of Pathology
Born in Brazil and raised in the Detroit area, Dr. Gomez brings to RVU his delightful personality and extensive clinical background in Internal Medicine and Pathology that expanded into Forensics.
Terrorist Intervention and Response, just to name a few. Originally a farm boy from Minnesota, T.J. loves the country lifestyle and places a high value on family and friends. T.J.’s goal at RVU is to assist in the growth of Rocky Vista University, by keeping the University safe and secure. Welcome, T.J.!
Mark Lea, M.D.
Dr. Gomez received his undergraduate and medical degree from Wayne State University. With over 26 years of experience in medicine, and the last 6 years devoted to teaching, Dr. Gomez has made his way to Colorado from private practice in Michigan to Florida at NOVA Southeastern University, to AUC in St. Maarten.
Assitant Professor of Structural Medicine
The newest addition to the Department of Structural Medicine is Dr. Mark Lea! Born in Indiana, Dr. Lea received his Ready for a new adventure and with many friends undergraduate degrees in and colleagues already at RVU, Dr. Gomez and his Chemistry and Biology from wife Judy are settling in to their new, snowy home. Dr. Indiana University. He graduGomez has two daughters, one a PhD in High Energy ated from Creighton University School of Medicine and Physics working at The University of Rochester and one performed his general surgery residency in Denver and continuing her graduate studies in music, majoring in upstate Pennsylvania. Following residency he was in acthe French Horn. Few know that Dr. Gomez plays the tive surgical practice in the mountains of Colorado and trumpet and is a home microbrewer. Wyoming for 20 years. He retired from active practice in 2009 to pursue a lifelong interest of teaching gross Welcome, Dr. Gomez! and surgical anatomy to medical students. Dr. Lea was drawn to RVU because of the collaborative and collegiate atmosphere. Dr. Lea has taught at other universities, but enjoys the ‘family feel’ RVU faculty and staff Tom Johnson "T.J." have with our students. Security Officer
T.J. comes from a long line of police officers and himself carries over 19 years of experience in Law Enforcement and Security. In addition to his experience, T.J. has completed many degrees and certifications including Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Psychology, Emergency Management, and
As an amazing photographer, Dr. Lea confessed to a lifelong dream of touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band as their photojournalist and backup guitar player. Dr. Lea and his wife, Barbara have been married 27 years and have two sons. Dr. Lea enjoys many outdoor activities, but fishing is paramount as evidenced by all the pictures in his office. Welcome, Dr. Lea!
Welcome to our New Employees cont. Paul Macdonald
Joining our security team is Mr. Paul Macdonald. Paul comes to RVU with many years of experience as a police officer, firefighter/EMT as well as many years in the security industry. Paul is also currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Regis University with certificates in family violence and homeland security.
junct faculty member. The faculty goes above and beyond to provide individual attention to each student every step of the way. I am excited to be part of a university where individual differences are valued and where those differences are fostered to help every individual reach his/her potential. I hope that I can have the same positive impact on students as my professors had on me.” In his little free time, Dr. McQuain enjoys yoga, running, cooking, snowboarding, and playing with his two dogs. RVU warmly and collectively welcomes back Dr. Jerry McQuain!
Human Resources Clerk
In addition to keeping us safe at RVU, Paul’s currently the lead singer and bass player for a heavy metal band. He also enjoys hockey, restoring his jeep, and spending time with family and friends. Welcome, Paul!
Jerry McQuain, D.O.
Adjunct Faculty, OPP
Dr. LeAnn Jons-Cox and the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine would like to welcome RVU alumni Jerry McQuain, D.O., '12, as adjunct faculty for OPP. Dr. McQuain graduated Valedictorian of RVU’s Inaugural Class in 2012. He is currently in his last year of Internal Medicine residency at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital and has recently been accepted to the University of Arizona's Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Originally from Gassaway, WV, Dr. McQuain graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Physical Therapy from West Virginia University. When asked how he feels about returning to RVU as faculty, Dr. McQuain says “I am honored to return as an ad-
Kathy comes to RVU after 32 years of service at Lucent Technologies. She began working right out of high school with Western Electric in Minneapolis - “ever wonder where rotary dial phones were built and re-
Kathy moved to Aurora with three single girlfriends and met her husband a year later; they will be married 40 years this August. She loves thrift stores, garage sales, making jewelry, sewing and decorating. Kathy says she enjoys RVU and her job in Human Resources is very interesting “because I lived in the technical world at Lucent. This is a whole new ball game. It’s been fun.” An interesting fact about Kathy that no one may know is that she took TV production classes at Arapahoe Community College, and she also worked in Plant Services, where she did everything from painting walls to changing light bulbs, and she spent weeks working the evening shift replacing those awful ceiling tiles. We won’t ask her to do that here at RVU. Welcome, Kathy!
Welcome to our New Employees cont. Linda & Peter Parker
The Exam Proctor Team The RVU Testing Center is pleased to welcome the newest addition to the exam proctoring staff, Linda Parker. Linda comes to RVU from an extensive and fascinating background in the travel industry, specializing in cruises. Having visited over 25 different countries, she has just returned from a tour of Asia with her husband of 38 years, Peter Parker, RVU’s very own Spiderman. Linda says her favorite countries/ destinations have been Africa, Israel and Morocco, but she is looking forward to their next excursion in late September departing from Quebec City through Nova Scotia and down the east coast, the perfect time to catch the Fall colors. Linda chose to join RVU because her husband, Peter is also an exam proctor and says, “Interacting with the students, physicians and staff is energizing.” Both Linda and Peter enjoy the atmosphere of learning and contributing to the students' education. Interestingly, Peter comes from an extensive retail background and has even appeared on Home Shopping Network. Both Mr. and Mrs. Parker are into snowshoeing, golf, reading and all that Colorado has to offer. Welcome, Linda! Thank you, Peter, for your years of continued service!
Library Clerk Before becoming a librarian, Keli was a graphic designer and web designer for advertising agencies, startup companies and non-profit organizations. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, Keli earned her Journalism BA with a minor in Graphic Design from Colorado State University and has a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. What Keli enjoys most about RVU is "the energy people bring
with them when they are seeking information. I love to be a part of that, and to help in any way I can. I am sometimes tempted to go back to school, so I am excited to be learning so much about osteopathic medicine on a daily basis; it’s like being in school without the homework.” In her free time, Keli enjoys reading, dancing, camping, roller skating, biking, her two cats, Knuckles and Darby, and lately, teaching herself to knit. Welcome, Keli!
William Warkentin, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine & Health Center Physician The newest addition to the department of Internal Medicine and the Rocky Vista Health Center is Dr. William Warkentin, who has practiced Internal Medicine in Colorado for more than 30 years. He completed his medical education at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Utah, receiving honors at both institutions. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the medical association’s highest honor. What drives Dr. Warkentin to continue practicing general Internal Medicine is his dedication to delivering the best, up-to-date, highest quality, and compassionate medical care to his patients from the Aurora and Parker areas every day. Dr. Warkentin places a strong emphasis on patient education and preventive care, and believes in the mutual bond between the patient and the physician to work together to get the best results possible. He also enjoys working with medical students and post-graduate internal medicine residents. With the comprehensive team approach utilized at the Health Center, a successful clinical outcome is possible for all patients. Dr. Warkentin enjoys all of the wonderful outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer with his wife Judi, their sons and their families, and his sweet dog Sadie. Welcome, Dr. Warkentin!
Updates From the RVU Security Team By Dan Havens, Director of Public Safety & Security
While students were on break the security team was working on a few changes. The new door software is in place and we have three intercom systems. If you forget your badge or your badge fails to work, you may get a hold of security using the intercom. Security can then open the door from the security office and welcome you in. After losing a few good security officers, we have hired two new officers: Tom Johnson and Paul Macdonald. They both work graveyard shift. If you see them walking around, please welcome them to RVU. There have been several sightings of coyotes around the school. If you see any coyotes, please do not approach them. Make lots of noise and waive your arms to scare them away. The Department of Wildlife is monitoring the migration of these coyotes, and they are aware of the ones in this area.
I was glad to see how many people showed up at the marijuana seminar that was held on February 5th. There are a lot of questions with the new marijuana laws, and Tricia Engelbert did a great job of explaining the doâ€™s and donâ€™ts. If you'd like additional information, we have pamphlets outside the security office. There have been several calls to the security office and the help/tip hotline for assistance on all types of issues. I am glad we can help. If you are not receiving the help you think you should get from the security team, please come and see me. As a reminder, the security team has a portable air tank to assist with low tires, we also can jump start your car when your battery is low, and we can accompany you out to your vehicle anytime you might feel uncomfortable. The security office phone number is 720-875-2892, and the confidential help/tip hotline is 303-708-8185.
Some members of the RVU Security Team (left to right): Ezekiel "Zeke" England, Dan Havens, Dennis Meidal, Wanda Mathwich
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