Student Spotlight

Raymond Kwong, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Arizona
  • Clubs and Activities: President of the ACOEP Southern Utah Chapter, Ambassador, and Peer Mentor.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The interview process made me feel very welcomed and wanted. I had been to other interviews where I was...
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Faculty Spotlight

David Ross, DO, FACEP

Director of Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track
Course Director of Military Medicine I, II, and III
Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine
Associate Professor in the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, then moved to Seattle, WA.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Washington
  • Graduate Studies: Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; Internship at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emergency Medicine Residency and Hyperbaric Fellowship at Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans; Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force

What class/classes do you teach? I teach in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, Military Medicine, and I am...
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Profile

Bradley Thornock, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities

bthornock@rvu.edu • (435) 222-1265
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-262


Education | Professional Experience | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Biographical Information


Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Health Care Ethics
    Saint Louis University Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
    St. Louis, MO
    2015
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Genomics and Ethics
    Children’s Mercy Hospital
    2014-2015
  • Master of Public Health
    Genetics Interdepartmental Concentration
    University of Michigan School of Public Health
    Ann Arbor, MI
    2009
  • Bachelor of Science
    Psychology (concentration in Biological and Health Psychology)
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, UT
    2007

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – Present: Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
    Saginaw Valley State University
  • 2014: Adjunct Instructor
    St. Louis University School of Nursing
  • 2011 – 2013: Instructor
    St. Louis University
  • 2009 – 2013: Graduate Assistant
    St. Louis University
  • 2012: Adjunct Instructor
    St. Louis University School of Nursing
  • 2009: Student Researcher
    University of Michigan, Life Science and Society Center
  • 2008: Internship
    University of Michigan
  • 2005 – 2007: Research Assistant
    Brigham Young University

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Service and Contributions


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • IRB Committee (2017-present)
  • Admissions Committee (2017-present)

Miscellaneous

  • Book Review Editor, “Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare, and Ethics” (2012-2015)
  • Book Reviewer, “The Ethics of Screening in Health Care and Medicine: Serving Society or Serving the Patient” (2012)
  • Book Reviewer, “Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Re-Thinking the Pathway to Benefit” (2011)
  • Volunteer, Central Utah Medical Clinic (2006-2007)
  • Book Reviewer, “Genomics and Bioethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Technologies, and Advancements”

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities

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Honors and Awards


  • 4-Year Graduate Assistantship
    St. Louis University
  • Full Scholarship
    St. Louis University

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “What Have You Done for Me Lately? Practicing Medicine in a Future of Artificial Intelligence”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 19th Annual Meeting
    2017
  • “Being Mortal: The Good Death and End of Life Care”
    Mid-Michigan Health Spiritual Health Seminar
    2016
  • “‘I’m Not a Moron:’ Understanding the Complex Web of Research Undertaken by the Vaccine Hesitant”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 18th Annual Meeting
    2016
  • “Heralding the Pariahs: What the Narrative of Vaccine Hesitant Parents Can Teach Us About the Backfire Effect and Medical Rhetoric”
    Great Lakes Bay Collaborative Health Care Ethics Conference
    2016
  • “Variants, Verification, and Termination: An LDS Perspective on the Theological Implications of Non-Invasive Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 17th Annual Meeting
    2015
  • “Heralding the Pariahs: What the Narrative of Vaccine Hesitant Parents Can Teach Us About Medical Rhetoric and Physician-Patient Relationships”
    Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference
    2015
  • “Variants, Verification, and Termination: An LDS Perspective on the Theological Implications of Non-Invasive Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing”
    4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion
    2015
  • “Are We Sophists? Persuasion, Adherence, and Aristotlelian Metarhetoric”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 15th Annual Meeting
    2013
  • “The Realist-Optimist and the Tweet: How the Inclusion of Narrative Theory Can Elucidate Hidden Ethical Considerations”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 14th Annual Meeting
    2012
  • “Biotech Sciences and the Saints: Individual Viewpoints of Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis”
    American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 12th Annual Meeting
    2010
  • “To Help Educate in the Fullest Sense: On the Use of Literature in Health Professions Education”
    Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference
    2011

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Biographical Information


Dr. Thornock came to Rocky Vista University Southern Utah from Saginaw Valley State University, where he taught medical ethics, business ethics, and critical writing/thinking. Before that, Dr. Thornock was the Pediatric Genomics and Ethics fellow at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, MO. During his fellowship, Dr. Thornock conducted research on the ethical and educational challenges related to rapid whole genome sequencing for failing neonates. Dr. Thornock received his PhD in health care ethics from the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, his MPH in public health genetics/health education from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, and his B.S. in psychology from Brigham Young University.

Currently, Dr. Thornock is the course director and instructor for medical ethics at RVU, as well as an instructor for the courses in advanced medical ethics and evidence based medicine. Dr. Thornock also serves as a member of RVU’s IRB. Dr. Thornock conducts research on vaccine refusal and medical rhetoric and has presented and published on the topic, including recently editing an issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics dedicated to parents’ stories of accepting or refusing vaccines. Dr. Thornock also conducts research on the ethical, religious, and social implications of next generation genetic technologies—including rapid whole genome sequencing and CRISPR. He has published and presented on the organizational ethics of genomic medicine and is currently writing a series of papers integrating principles and strategies from business ethics and behavioral economics to genomic research and medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Thornock enjoys painting and drawing, as well as playing racquetball and hiking.

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