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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Jennifer Montemayor, PhD

Director of Preclinical Education (RVUCOM-CO)
Office of the Dean

Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences • (720) 874-2433
RVUCOM-CO Campus • D-116

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH
  • Bachelor of Science
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH

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Professional Experience

  • 2015 – Present: Phase Director for Year Two Curriculum
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2010 – Present: Associate Professor of Physiology
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2016: Director of Faculty Development
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Interim Chair of Biomedical Sciences Department
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2008 – 2010: Instructor
    Colorado College
  • 2004 – 2008: Teaching Assistant
    Ohio University
  • 2007: Lab Instructor
    Ohio University
  • 2007: Lab Instructor
    Marietta College
  • 2005 – 2007: Instructor
    Ohio University
  • 2004 – 2005: Adjunct Faculty
    Hocking College

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Certifications and Licenses

  • AHA Core Instructor Certification Course (2012)

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Service and Contributions

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Chair, DO Curriculum Committee (2017-present)
  • Committee on Simulation Education (2017-present)
  • Team Lead, HLC Accreditation Committee Criterion 4 (2017-present)
  • Task Force Lead, COCA Accreditation Committee Standard 6 (2017-present)
  • Co-Chair, Students at Risk Committee (2016-present)
  • Financial Aid Student Appeals Process Committee Member (2016-present)
  • Chair, Faculty Council Elections Committee (2015-present)
  • Phase Directors’ Curriculum Committee (2015-present)
  • Student Performance Committee (2015-present)
  • Dean’s Council (2015-present)
  • Department Chairs Committee (2015-present)
  • Biomedical Sciences Search Committees (2014-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Student Osteopathic Medical Association (2011-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Christian Medical and Dental Association (2011-present)
  • Poster Competition Judge, OPTI Residents Research Day (2016)
  • Student Residency Panel Facilitator (2016)
  • Service Day (2015-2016)
  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee (2013-2016)
  • Teaching Academy Subcommittee (2013-2016)
  • Research and Scholarly Activity Committee (2011-2015)
  • Research Appreciation Day Subcommittee (2011-2015)
  • Admissions Committee (2010-2015)
  • Member-at-Large, Faculty Council Executive Committee (2013-2014)
  • Clinical Rotations Focus Group Facilitator for OMS III Students (2012-2014)
  • Higher Learning Commission Criterion 4 Accreditation Self-Study Committee (2013)
  • Faculty Liaison, Colorado College Early Acceptance Project (2012-2013)
  • 9 Health Fair Volunteer and Planning (2012-2013)
  • Medical Outreach Trips to Guatemala with Global Medicine Department (2012-2013)
  • Faculty Development Task Force (2011-2013)
  • Higher Learning Commission Criterion 4 Committee (2010-2013)


  • Reviewer, “Step-Up to USMLE Step 1, 5th Edition”

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • International Association of Medical Science Educators

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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Service Award
    Students of Rocky Vista University
  • Faculty Innovation Excellence Award
    Rocky Vista University
  • Scientific Manuscript Excellence Honor
    Gary Dudley Memorial Paper

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Publications and Presentations




  • Effectiveness of an Electronic Gross Anatomy Dissection Manual for First Year Medical Students”
    American Association of Clinical Anatomists Annual Meeting
  • Muscular Adaptations in Response to Slow-Speed vs. Traditional Resistance Training Regimens”
    American College of Sports Medicine 53rd Annual Meeting

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Biographical Information

Jennifer Montemayor, PhD, is the Phase Director for the Year 2 curriculum and an Associate Professor of Physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.  Jennifer joined the RVU faculty in June 2010. She received both her Bachelor of Science degree and her PhD in Biological Sciences from Ohio University. Jennifer’s area of research interest is skeletal muscle biology. Her dissertation, entitled “Muscular Adaptations to Slow-Speed Versus Traditional Resistance Training Protocols”, and subsequent publications on the topic examine changes in human skeletal muscle fiber-type composition, cross-sectional area, myosin heavy chain content, myonuclear domain, and satellite cell content in response to different resistance training protocols. Prior to joining the RVU faculty, she taught the Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

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