Student Spotlight

Drew Glerum, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Bible from the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.
  • Clubs and Activities: Officer of Communication in the Student Government Association, Vice President of the RVU Chapter of the Colorado Medical Society, and Secretary of the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? First of all, in my evaluation of potential schools, I was committed to attending an osteopathic program simply because...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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White Coat CO

Alissa Craft, DO graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri in 1992. She then completed a pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at University of California San Diego. She is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics.

In 2007, Dr. Craft became the Chair of Pediatrics at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale. In 2009, she accepted the position of Director of Medical Education for new osteopathic graduate medical education programs at Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon. In that role, she also participated in the development of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest (COMP) in rural Lebanon. Today, she serves as the Assistant Vice President of Program Development at COMP – Pomona.

Dr. Craft completed her Master of Business Administration at the University of Phoenix in 1999, the Costin Institute Faculty Development Program in 2008, and the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship in 2011. She served as the Scholar in Residence at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Craft has completed research and published articles in the areas of neonatal ventilation and neonatal infection.

She speaks nationally on the topic of patient safety and quality improvement in neonatal care. Active in both local and national service organizations, Dr. Craft is currently on the boards of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon, the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation, the Old Mill Center for Children and Families, and Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity. She is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Q: Where will the White Coat Ceremony be held?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, Colorado.

Q: When is the White Coat Ceremony?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Q: How can my family get up to date White Coat Ceremony information?
A: Please refer them to the RVU website.

Q: How long is the ceremony expected to last?
A: The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.

Q: Is the White Coat Ceremony mandatory?
A: Yes. The White Coat Ceremony is mandatory for new students only. If you are repeating your first year, you will have the option of attending the ceremony.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Yes, the rehearsal will take place on campus on Wednesday, July 18th from 4:00-4:30pm.

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?
A:  Yes, family members will be able to take pictures of you from the back of the theater.

Q: When and where will I pick up my white coat?
A: White Coat pick-up will take place on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 before the class photo.

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend the White Coat ceremony?
A: Yes, each student will receive four tickets to the ceremony (not including themselves). A survey will go out at the beginning of June and this is how you will select how many tickets you will need. A section at the bottom of the survey will be available for those requesting additional tickets.

Q: How will I know if I will get the extra tickets I requested?
A: Erica Whatley will send you an email after the survey closes and will let you know if we have enough tickets to accommodate your extra guests.

Q: Who will coat me at the ceremony?
A: Each student will be coated by a member of the Rocky Vista University faculty. Students will approach the stage six at a time and will be coated by a DO or an MD.

Q: When should I arrive at the venue with my family? I want them to have a good seat.
A: The ceremony will begin right on time. Students should arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony. The theater doors will open promptly at 1:00pm and we recommend guests arrive no later than an hour before the start of the ceremony. All seating is first come, first served.

Q: Where do I park? Is there a charge for parking?
A: The Wildlife Experience has a large parking lot in front of the venue and parking is free.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony or tickets?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at or 720-874-2407.

If you have any questions about the White Coat Ceremony, please contact Erica Whatley at or 720-874-2407.