Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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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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Profile

David Ross, DO, FACEP

Director of Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track
Associate Director of Military Medicine Track
Tracks and Special Programs

Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine
Department of Specialty Medicine

dross@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2823
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FE-10


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


 

Education


  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Hyperbaric Medicine
    Louisiana State University School of Medicine
    New Orleans, LA
    1991 – 1992
  • Residency – Emergency Medicine
    Chief Resident (1990 – 1991)
    Louisiana State University School of Medicine
    New Orleans, LA
    1988 – 1991
  • Rotating Internship
    Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Chicago, IL
    1982 – 1983
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of the Health Sciences
    Pomona, CA
    1978 – 1982
  • Bachelor of Science
    Nutritional Science
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    1973 – 1978

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Professional Experience


  • 2015 – Present: Director of Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track and Associate Director of Military Medicine Track
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – Present: Assistant Professor of Specialty Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015: Urgent Care Physician
    Colorado Springs Health Partners
  • 2014 – 2015: Emergency Medical Services Consultant
  • 2008 – 2014: Regional Co-Medical Director
    Plains to Peaks Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • 2006 – 2014: Medical Director, Teller County EMS
    Teller County, Colorado
  • 1998 – 2014: Medical Director
    American Medical Response, El Paso County
  • 1994 – 2014: Emergency Physician, Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center
    Front Range Emergency Specialists, PC
  • 1993 – 1998: Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine)
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 1993 – 1994: Staff Physician, Emergency Department
    Montrose Memorial Hospital
  • 1992 – 1994: Staff Emergency Physician
    St. Francis Hospital
  • 1991 – 1992: Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine
    Charity Hospital, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • 1990 – 1992: Staff Physician, Emergency Department
    North Shore Regional Medical Center
  • 1989 – 1992: Flight Surgeon
    United States Air Force Reserve, 926th Tactical Fighter Group
  • 1986 – 1989: Flight Surgeon
    United States Air Force Reserve, 20th Medical Services Squadron, 301st Tactical Fighter Wing
  • 1986 – 1988: Medical Director, Emergency Department
    Jackson County Memorial Hospital
  • 1983 – 1986: Flight Surgeon
    United States Air Force Active Duty, 443rd Military Airflift Wing

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Certifications and Licenses


  • DO Physician License
    State of Colorado (1992 – Present)
    State of Texas (2015 – Present)
    State of Alabama (1990)
    State of Louisiana (1988 – 1992)
    State of Oklahoma (1984 – 1988)
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine
    Certified in 1992, 2002, 2012
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services Subspecialty Certified (2013)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor (1992 – Present)
  • Diving Medicine Course for Physicians
    National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (1991)
  • Aerospace Medicine Primary Program, Flight Surgeon Training (1983)
    School of Aerospace Medicine, United States Air Force

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Service and Contributions


Rocky Vista University

  • Committee on Simulation Education (2017 – Present)
  • Admissions Committee (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Council (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Instructor: Interprofessional Education Collaboration with Platte College of Nursing (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Advisor: Emergency Medicine Interest Group (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Advisor: Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Advisor: Emergency Medicine Boot Camp Conference (2016 – Present)
  • Faculty Advisor: Third-Year Student Immersion Course in General Surgery (2015 – Present)
  • Chair, Dean’s Task Force on Simulation Education (2016)

American College of Emergency Physicians

  • National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee (2013 – 2016)
  • Public Relations Committee (2004 – 2015)
  • Chair, Cost Effective Care Task Force (2012 – 2014)
  • Chair, Public Relations Committee (2008 – 2011)

Colorado Medical Society

  • Council on Legislation (2008 – Present)
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Political Action Committee (2011 – 2014)
  • Board of Directors, Political Action Committee (2010 – 2011)

Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

  • Planning Committee for National EMS Safety Summit Conferences (2007 – Present)
  • Stroke Advisory Task Force (2013 – 2016)
  • State Trauma Center Site Reviewer (2005 – 2014)
  • State Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (2004 – 2010)

Miscellaneous

  • Site Reviewer, Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (2007 – Present)
  • Planning Committee for Annual Symposium on Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians Colorado Chapter (2009 – 2015)
  • Colorado House Bill 1296 Civil Commitment Task Force, Colorado Department of Human Services (2013 – 2014)
  • Healthcare Council, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (2009 – 2011)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American College of Emergency Physicians (Present)
    Fellow (2004)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Colorado Chapter
    Board of Directors (2013 – Present)
    Councillor (2005 – Present)
    President (2009 – 2010)
  • Colorado Medical Society (Present)
  • Colorado Medical Society Educational Foundation
    Board of Directors (2016 – Present)
  • El Paso County Medical Society (Present)
    Board of Directors (2007 – Present)

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Honors and Awards


  • Meritorious Service Award
    Colorado Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
    2015
  • Plaque for service of development and participation in National EMS Safety Summits
    Mile High Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council and CDPHE
    2014
  • Dr. Robert Campbell Distinguished Service Award for EMS
    Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado and CDPHE
    2008
  • Medical Director of the Year
    Plains to Peaks Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Advisory Council
    2007
  • Commendation in the Congressional Record 
    109th United States Congress
    2006
  • Dr. Valentin E. Wohlauer Award for Physician Excellence in EMS
    Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado and CDPHE
    2003
  • William J. Bradley, MD Memorial Louisiana State University Emergency Medicine Resident Award
    Louisiana State University School of Medicine
    1991

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Comparison of family medicine residency selection rates among US medical students” (Poster)
    Engaging Communities in Education and Research Conference
    2016
  • “Does emergency medical service transport mode predict need for a time critical hospital intervention in trauma patients?” (Poster)
    National Association of EMS Physicians Scientific Assembly
    2014
  • “A pilot study to determine the safety and practicality of using a single human resuscitator with a Mechanical Ventricular Assist Device (MVAD) assisted open chest resuscitation, after a 15 minute episode of ventricular fibrillation in swine in a hyperbaric chamber.” (Abstract)
    Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting
    1996
  • “Use of varying hyperbaric pressure to influence pulmonary artery SvO2 values.” (Abstract)
    Louisiana State University Neuroscience Center Retreat Day
    1996
  • “Internal electrical defibrillation in a hyperbaric oxygen environment to treat ventricular fibrillation in open chest cardiac resuscitation in a controlled, non-randomized pilot in swine.” (Abstract)
    Gulf Coast Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting
    1995
  • “Practical adaptation of the Anstadt Heart Cup (direct mechanical ventricular actuation/DMVA) for use in open chest resuscitation of swine in cardiopulmonary arrest in the hyperbaric environment.” (Abstract)
    Gulf Coast Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Meeting
    1995

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Research and Studies


    • Simulation in Medical Education.
    • Airway Management
    • Ultrasound
    • Inter-professional Education
    • Preparing Students for Rural or Military Practice
    • Healthcare Policy and Advocacy
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Clinical Research

Biographical Information


David Ross, DO, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He and his family moved to Seattle, WA, when he was 14. Dr. Ross attended high school in Seattle and earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington. From there, he completed his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree as a member of the first graduating class at Western University of the Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA in 1982.

Dr. Ross then served a year in a rotating internship at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by three years of active duty, and six years as a reservist, in the United States Air Force –practicing as a flight surgeon. During a span of 5 years between his internship and residency, Dr. Ross worked part and, later full-time, in a rural emergency department in southwest Oklahoma. Additionally, he occasionally assisted in providing temporary coverage for local family physicians in their offices in the same region. He also served as medical director of the small, county ambulance service in the area, as well as a member of that service’s Board of Directors. This was followed by an emergency medicine residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and then a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine at the same location.

He then spent 22 years in the practice of emergency medicine with a physician group staffing Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. During that time, he became the medical director of a helicopter EMS program (Flight for Life, Colorado Springs) as well as the medical director of approximately 40 ground ambulance services and fire departments located across eastern and central Colorado, as well as El Paso County. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services (EMS) and has additional experience as an urgent care physician with Colorado Springs Health Partners in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Ross enjoys teaching. He has had experience teaching medical students and residents while in his residency and fellowship and also while a member of the part-time clinical faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Additionally, much of his job in Colorado Springs involved extensive education for flight nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. David feels there are a lot of opportunities for teaching here at RVU which is very exciting to him! He sees helping students at RVU achieve their residency and practice goals as vital for the best patient care and, therefore, the most important part of his job at RVU.

Dr. Ross also has a special interest in health policy and related political advocacy with the goal of improving the medical care environment for patients, physicians, and other providers. Due to his roles at RVUCOM,  and in rural EMS medical direction, and as a consultant for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, he has visited nearly every critical access hospital in Colorado. He has served in leadership roles in both the Colorado State chapter and at the national level of the American College of Emergency Physicians, as well as the Colorado Medical Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Medical Society Education Foundation. In addition, he is a current board member of both the El Paso County Medical Society and the Colorado Chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians.

In his spare time, Dr. Ross enjoys music, aviation, most sports, and old British sports cars. He and his wife, Linda, have 4 children all of whom are grown and scattered around the country.