Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Jenifer A. Fisher, MLIS

Reference Librarian
Department of Library Services

Instructor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities

Co-Director of Urban Underserved Track
Tracks and Special Programs • (720) 875-2881
RVUCOM-CO Campus • L-103

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




  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
    Health Science Libraries, Special Collections
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Arts
    History, Anthropology
    Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Denver, CO

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Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present: Instructor, Medical Humanities Department
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – Present: Research Librarian
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2016: Library Assistant
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Circulation Clerk
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Library Intern
    Tucker Medical Library at National Jewish Health
  • 2014 – 2015: Cataloger
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • 2013 – 2014: Exhibit Facilitator
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • 2012 – 2014: Executive Assistant
    Open Air Brands, LLC

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) – Provisional Member

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Service and Contributions

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Course Developer and Director, History of Medicine course (2016 – present)
  • Guest Lecturer, MSBS Program (2016 – present)
  • Research and Scholarly Activities Committee (2016 – present)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Association for the History of Medicine (2016 – Present)
  • History of Science Society (2016 – Present)
  • Medical Library Association (2016 – Present)
  • Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (2015 – Present)
  • Phi Alpha Theta National Honors Society, Metropolitan State University of Denver (2010 – Present)
  • Secretary, Queer Straight Student Alliance, University of Denver Morgridge College of Education (2015)
  • Treasurer, Society of American Archivists DU Student Chapter, University of Denver (2014 – 2015)

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Honors and Awards

  • Dean Scholarship
    University of Denver
  • Tech It Out College Student Scholarship
    Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain
  • JCN Native American Scholarship
    Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Publications and Presentations




  • “Triangulating EPAs, Learning Objectives, and Rubrics”
    American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference
  • “Feeling Super: The Misinterpretation of Mental Health in Pop Culture”
    Denver Comic Con

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Research and Studies

  • American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney Grant. “Graphic Novels & the Humanity of Mental Illness: An Annotated Bibliography.” (2017-2018, $4,600).

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Biographical Information

Ms. Fisher is a Colorado native who has lived all across the Centennial State. She obtained a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver in 2015. Before that Ms. Fisher did her undergraduate work at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2011, majoring in History with a minor in Anthropology. Currently she is the Research Librarian at Rocky Vista University, as well as an instructor in the Medical Humanities department. Her current research focuses on bioethics, medical paternalism and their implementation within the historical context of medicine. She is an avid history buff, science geek and self-proclaimed comic book nerd. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and is owned by three cats and a blind pug.