Student Spotlight

Jared Keele, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Anchorage, AK
  • Undergraduate Studies: Human Nutrition/Dietetics and Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Vice-President of the Student Government Association and RVU Ambassador for the Emergency Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? A big reason was to stay in Colorado. I have also had friends matriculate through RVU before me who...
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Faculty Spotlight

David R. Crimin, DO, CMD

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
  • Undergraduate Studies: Weber State College, Ogden, UT.
  • Graduate Studies: Medical School: Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA. Internship at Doctors Hospital Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO and Residency at Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation and Family Medicine Center. I spent nearly 27 years in a Rural Family Medicine, hospital and ED practice in Richfield, UT.

What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM? I brag that I have the best of two worlds: teaching...
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Profile

Cathy C. Ruff, MS, PA-C

Chair and Program Director
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program

cruff@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2842
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FD-07


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Master of Sciences
    Cell Biology
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
    1987 – 1989
  • Bachelor of Sciences
    Cellular / Molecular Biology
    Fort Lewis College
    Durango, CO
    1982 – 1986

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Program Director and Chair of PA Program
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2016 – Present: Associate Professor of PA Studies
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2016 – 2018: Associate Program Director, Director of Didactic Education
    Rocky Vista University, Physician Assistant Studies
  • 2013 – 2016: Associate Director, Didactic Curriculum
    University of Colorado Denver, Child Health Associate / Physician Assistant Program
  • 2012 – 2016: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2002-2006; 2007-2010; 2012: Physician Assistant
    National Jewish Health, Pediatric Outpatient Clinic
  • 2008 – 2013: Associate Director of Curriculum
    University of Colorado Denver, Child Health Associate / Physician Assistant Program
  • 2005 – 2012: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2005 – 2012: Regular Faculty Appointment
    University of Colorado Denver, Graduate School
  • 2001 – 2009: Academic Coordinator
    University of Colorado Denver, Child Health Associate / Physician Assistant Program
  • 2001 – 2005: Instructor, Department of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2001 – 2005: Special Faculty Appointment
    University of Colorado Denver, Graduate School
  • 2000 – 2001: Physician Assistant
    Westminster Family Practice
  • 1998 – 2000: Physician Assistant
    Broomfield Family Practice
  • 1998: Physician Assistant
    Exempla Arvada Healthcare
  • 1996 – 1997: Physician Assistant
    Northwest Family Medicine, PC
  • 1992 – 1993: Clinical Research Associate / Project Manager
    Pharmatech, Inc.
  • 1991 – 1992: Clinical Research Coordinator / Lab Researcher II
    National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine

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Certifications and Licenses


  • BLS Certification
    2016-2018
  • National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants
    2013-2024
    2008-2014
    2002-2008
    1996-2002
  • State of Colorado Physician Assistant
    1996-2018
  • Child Health Associate / Physician Assistant Program
    Certificate of Completion
    University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
    1993 – 1996

 

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Service and Contributions


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, Physician Assistant Program (2017 – Present)
  • Admissions Committee, Physician Assistant Program (2017 – Present)
  • Curriculum Mapping Task Force (2016 – Present)
  • Accreditation Criteria Task Force (2017)
  • Simulation Education Task Force, Curriculum Integration Subcommittee (2016 – Present)

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Invited member, Interprofessional Education (IPE), Evaluation and Assessment Advisory Committee (2013 – 2016)
  • Organizational Infrastructure Task Force (2012)
  • Learner Life Task Force (2012)
  • Faculty Professionalism Task Force (2010 – 2013)
  • AMC Assessment Committee (2010 – 2016)
  • Kaiser Interprofessional Rural Training Committee (2010 – 2012)
  • Accommodation Liaison Committee, Disability Services Office (2008 – 2016)
  • Ethics Steering Committee, Department Interdisciplinary Course (2001 – 2016)

University of Colorado Denver Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program

  • Mid-Level Reviewer, Program Faculty (2009-2016)
  • Mentor, CHA/PA Junior Faculty Member, President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (2013 – 2014, 2015 – 2016)
  • Student Honor and Conduct Council (2013 – 2015, 2015 – 2016)
  • Liaison to UCD AMC Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team (2014 – 2016)
  • Member, Student Assessment Committee (2008-2009, 2013-2016)
    Chair (2009-2011, 2011-2013)
  • Evaluation Committee (2008, 2009-2012)
  • Faculty Search Committee (2010)
    Chair (2008)
  • Faculty Advisor, Honor Council (2009 – 2012)
  • Chair, Faculty Professionalism Subcommittee (2004)
  • Student Promotions Committee (2001-2016)
  • Admissions Committee (2001-2016)
  • Self-Study Committee (2001-2016)
  • Curriculum Committee (2001-2016)
  • Scholarship Committee (2001-2016)

Miscellaneous

  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Physician Assistant Education (2008-present)
  • Moderator and Peer Reviewer, Physician Assistant Education Association Conferences (2004-2013; 2016-present)
  • Peer Reviewer, Physician Assistant Education Association (2006-20012; 2016-present)
  • Chair, Conference Curriculum Council, Physician Assistant Education Association (2016-2017)
  • Education Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association (2006-2008, 2009-2010)
  • Reviewer, Peter J. Nyquist Award for PA Students (2006)
  • Peer Reviewer, Advance for Physician Assistants (2005)
  • “PA Day” Planner, Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants (2000)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • Physician Assistant Education Association
    Institutional Colleague: 2016 – present
    Member Faculty: 2001 – 2016
  • Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants
    Board Member at Large: 1998 – 2000
    Fellow: 1996 – Present
    Student: 1993 – 1996
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    Fellow: 1996 – Present
    Student: 1993 – 1996

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

  • Ruff C. The 2016 PAEA Education Forum – Minneapolis, Here we Come! PAEA Networker. July 27, 2016.
  • Ruff C. The 2016 PAEA Education Forum – Strategies for a Stellar Education Forum. March 16, 2016.
  • Ruff C. Item Contributor for Infectious Disease and Pulmonary Examination Questions. Certification & Recertification Examination Review Course – Online Version. Offered through mycme.com, Haymarket Media, Inc.
  • Ruff C (2014). Chapter and Test Item Reviewer – Pulmonology. O’Connell, C. Ed. A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants. 5th ed., Walters Kluwer Health.
  • Ruff C, Bowser J (2014). Student Mistreatment during Physician Assistant Training (poster abstracts). Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association, 25(1): 26.
  • Ruff C (2012).  An Educational Strategy for Utilizing Physician Assistant Students to Provide Health Promotion Education to Community Adolescents. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 23(1):34-37.
  • Ruff C (2012). Evaluating and managing pediatric food allergy. Clinical Advisor, 23-29.
  • Robohm C, Ruff C (2012). Diagnosis and treatment of the common cold in pediatric patients. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 25(12):43-47.
  • Ruff C (2010). Item Contributor for Gastrointestinal and Pulmonary Examination Questions and Item Reviewer. O’Connell and Zarbock. Eds. A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants. 4th ed., Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.
  • Ruff C, Robohm C (2010). Student-designed Portable Health Promotion Presentations: Service Learning through Community Education (poster abstracts). Western Group on Educational Affairs – Regional Conference.
  • Ruff C, Gray J, Arthur M, Merenstein G (2006). Development and Outcomes of a Rural Track within a Primary Care (Pediatric) Physician Assistant Program. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 17(4):37-41.
  • Ruff C, Robohm C (2005). Creating Portable Presentations for Educating Adolescents – Cooperative Learning for PA Students (poster abstracts). Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, 16(2):125-134.
  • Ruff C, Glicken A, Merenstein G (2005). Faculty Professionalism – a code of conduct (poster abstracts). Association for Medical Education in Europe, 2(2.12):37.
  • Ruff C (2005). Educating Adolescent Patients. Perspective on Physician Assistant Education, 16(1):59-60.
  • Christy C, Deden M, Snyder J.A (1995). Localization of kinetochore fragments isolated from single chromatids in mitotic CHO cells. Protoplasma, 186:193-200.
  • Snyder JA, Armstrong L, Christy C, McLelland S (1988). Cine’ and Computer Analysis of Sucrose-Induced Spindle Elongation in PtK-1 cells (abstract). Journal of Cellular Biology.

 

 

Presentations

  • “Designing a Competency-Based Curriculum using EPAs”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual education forum
    2017
  • “Proposal Review Process”
    Webinar for Physician Assistant Education Association
    2017
  • “Developing a Capstone Project around Systems-Based Practice”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual education forum
    2015
  • “Developmental Clinical Evaluations: How do we Assess Students over Time?”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual education forum
    2015
  • “Providing Formative Feedback: Trials and Tribulations”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2014
  • “Student Mistreatment during Physician Assistant Training”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2013
  • “The Appreciative Inquiry Curriculum Retreat: Encouraging Positive Change”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2013
  • “Strategies for Implementing Interprofessional Education”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2012
  • “Holistic Admissions – Overcoming Challenges of Implementation into PA School Admissions Processes”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2012
  • “A Role in the SAC: Interprofessional Student Academic Communities Promote Positive Collaboration”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2011
  • “Breaking Down the Evaluation Barriers: How to Elicit Student Feedback”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2010
  • “Demystifying the Paper and Poster Submission Process”
    Physician Assistant Education Association
    2010
  • “Student-designed Portable Health Promotion Presentations: Service Learning through Community Education”
    Western Group on Educational Affairs – Regional Conference
    2010
  • “More than Just a Hot Date: The Use of “Speed Dating” to Critique PA Student Curriculum Vitae’s.”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2008
  • “Student Self-Reflection – Keys to Professional Development: How Do Programs Utilize, Assess and Provide Feedback? ”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2008
  • “Is it Time to Overhaul your Course? The Process of Restructuring a Course”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2007
  • “Student-Designed Portable Health Promotions Presentations for PA Role Development: Bridging Classroom and Community”
    Physician Assistant Education Association annual educational meeting
    2006
  • “Creating Portable Presentations for Educating Adolescents – Cooperative Learning for PA Students”
    Association of Physician Assistant Programs
    2005
  • “Faculty Professionalism – the Other Part of the Hidden Curriculum”
    Association of Physician Assistant Programs
    2004, 2005
  • “The Use of Focus Groups to Identify Health Promotions Topics in Adolescents”
    Association of Physician Assistant Programs Annual Education Forum
    2003

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Research and Studies


  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Pediatric Asthma and Allergy

Grants

  • Physician Assistant Training Grant; Project Leader; 2011-2016; $644,000
  • Physician Assistant Training Grant; Project Leader; 2008-2011; $470,020; $54,100
  • Physician Assistant Training Grant; Project Leader; 2004-2007; $553,568; $184,552
  • Physician Assistant Training Grant; Project Co-Investigator; 2001-2003; $397,868; $132,623

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Biographical Information


Ms. Ruff was born in Michigan, but has been in Colorado since the age of 11. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology from Fort Lewis College, followed by a Master of Science degree in Cell Biology from University of Denver. She completed her Physician Assistant training at the University of Colorado Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA) in 1996. In 2001, she joined the faculty of CHA/PA, holding various administrative and teaching roles including Associate Program Director of Didactic Curriculum. She also continued to practice clinically at National Jewish Health in the Pediatric Outpatient Clinic until 2012. She has been actively involved with the Physician Assistant Education Association since 2004, serving as a peer-reviewer, presenter, and chair of its education council over the course of 13 years.

Ms. Ruff’s professional interests are in curriculum design and student and program assessment. She says that she was drawn to RVU because of the challenge of establishing a new PA program, learning all aspects of program development, and for the opportunity to continue to grow the PA profession.

She is married with two children—one is an aspiring author and the other is a gifted bassoon player. She loves spending time with her family, reading, all forms of music, the outdoors, and walking/hiking with her two dogs.

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