epresentatives of Rocky Vista University (RVU) have announced plans to open the second medical school in the state of Utah. The Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Southern Utah Campus (RVUCOM-SU) will be located in Ivins, UT, admitting its first class of 125 medical students in the fall of 2017.
RVU has selected Ivins for its new location where construction for the 107,000 square-foot building housing the medical school is scheduled to begin this month. The University has also acquired the Snow Canyon Clinic to use as administrative offices and for future clinical practice.
“Southern Utah is the logical choice for a new medical school,” said Thomas N. Told, DO, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of RVUCOM. “Nearly 400 students leave Utah every year to attend medical school. Students have a tendency to stay and establish their medical practice in the state where they receive their training.”
RVU already has an established agreement with the Utah Rural Health Scholars Program at Dixie State University (DSU) and Southern Utah University (SUU) where highly qualified students receive an early acceptance to RVUCOM-SU. Future students accepted into this program will be able to pursue their medical education in their home state. The University plans on expanding the pipeline program to pre-med students at DSU, SUU, and other colleges and universities within the state.
Rocky Vista University is dedicated to achieving new heights in medical education. “My motivation for investing our time and talent in Southern Utah is two-fold,” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, RVU President and Chief Executive Officer. “The privilege and opportunity to partner with the academic community and the many health care facilities located there; and to create a pathway for the next generation of physicians who matriculate from Utah universities, train at RVUCOM-SU, seek residencies, then continue to practice in Utah. RVU has always focused on the Mountain West states as this region is historically underserved and in need of talented physicians who will provide quality primary care. With RVU’s innovative curriculum and strong values, we can fulfill this need.”
RVU is also a designated Military Friendly® School. Students attending RVUCOM-SU will benefit by working with veterans at the Southern Utah Veterans Home located on the adjacent property. Every student will be assigned to a veteran to follow over the four years they are in medical school.