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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Jill Pitcher, DO, FACOFP

Professor of Family Medicine
Department of Primary Care Medicine • (720) 875-2834
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FB-07

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



  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    Western University of Health Sciences
    Pomona, CA
  • Osteopathic Family Medicine Internship and Residency
    St. Luke’s Medical Center
    Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Human Resource Sciences
    Minor in Human Nutrition
    Colorado State University
    Fort Collins, CO

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Professional Experience

  • 2011 – present: Associate Professor, Department of Primary Care
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Physician
    Onyx Locum Tenens Urgent Care
  • 2012 – 2014: Physician
    Urgent Care of Colorado (locum tenens)
  • 2011 – 2012: Physician
    Rocky Vista Health Center
  • 2008 – 2011: Lead Physician
    Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Center
  • 2006 – 2009: Medical Director
    Arapahoe County Detention Facility
  • 2003 – 2004: Physician
    McKee Center for Holistic Medicine
  • 2003 – 2006: Physician
    Cornerstone Family Practice
  • 1997 – 1999: Physician
    Faculty HealthOne Family Medicine Residency
  • 1993 – 1997, 2000 – 2003: Physician
    Elizabeth Family Health
  • 1991 – 1993: Physician
    Private Practice

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Certification in Correctional Medicine (2008)
    National Society for Correctional Health
  • Certification (2000)
    American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (Founding Diplomat)
  • Certification in Family Medicine (1991)
    American Board of Osteopathic Family Practitioners
  • Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners License (1989)
  • Diplomat, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Practitioners (1989)


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Service and Contributions

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • President, Faculty Council (2013-2015, 2017-2018)
  • Admissions Committee
  • Student Performance
  • Dean’s Task Force on Clinical Simulation
  • Curriculum Mapping Committee
  • University Curriculum Committee
  • Global Track
  • IRB Research
  • Faculty Development
  • Faculty Council Handbook and By-Laws
  • Presidential task force investigating Physician Assistant Master’s Program
  • Multiple faculty council sub-committees
  • Medical Director for COMLEX PE Practice Week
  • Course Director for Year Two Primary Care Medicine Course
  • Co-Course Director for Capstone Course for Year Three Students (2016)
  • Faculty Council At Large (2012-2013)


  • Elected to American Health Council (2017)
  • NBOME Item Writer
  • NBOME Standard Setting Committee for OMM (2017)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Denver Osteopathic Foundation (2000 – present)
    • Past President (2003-2006)
  • Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Immediate Past President (2015-2016)
    • President (2014-2015)
    • At-Large Position on the Board (2012-2013)
    • President Elect (2013-2014)
    • CME Chair (2012-2014)
  • American Board of Osteopathic Medicine
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    • Fellow
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

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Publications and Presentations


  • Pitcher J (2009). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are RealRadius for Health, Healing, Happiness, Winter.
  • Pitcher J (2003). Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Loveland Reporter Herald, October.
  • Pitcher J (2003). Diabetes Causes Increasing Number of Problems in US. Loveland Reporter Herald, April.
  • Pitcher J (2003). Proper Nutrition Can Ease Ailments. Loveland Reporter Herald, March.



  • “Neuropathic Pain and OMM Considerations/Review”
    Utah Osteopathic Medical Association CME course
  • “Fibromyalgia and Neuropathic Pain”
    New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association State CME Conferences
    2011, 2014
  • “Fibromyalgia”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM) Winter and Summer CME Conferences
  • “Pediatric Complimentary and Alternative Treatment”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM) Winter and Summer CME Conferences
  • “Baby Boomers Cresting the Hill”
    Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM) Winter and Summer CME Conferences

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Research and Studies

  • Assessment of Locus of Control and Academic Anxiety on Medical Student Performance

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Biographical Information

Jill Pitcher, DO, grew up in Loveland, Colorado and attended Colorado State University studying Human Resource Science and Human Nutrition, graduating in 1983.  She attended medical school in Pomona, California at the Western University of Health Science Osteopathic College, graduating in 1988. She came back to Denver for her residency in Osteopathic Family Medicine, finishing in 1991.

Dr. Pitcher has earned three board certifications: Osteopathic Family Medicine, Holistic Medicine and Correctional Medicine. Since 1991, she has enjoyed practice experience in family medicine, correctional medicine and an integrative office specializing in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. She was also a faculty member in the Denver Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency for several years. Dr. Pitcher has enjoyed writing articles on various topics and giving lectures for public as well as professional conferences. Joining RVU has been the perfect marriage of medicine and teaching as a profession while maintaining part time clinical practice in an urgent care setting.

Dr. Pitcher has enjoyed writing articles on various topics and giving lectures for public as well as professional conferences.  She is a Past President and continuing member of the Denver Osteopathic Foundation (DOF), 2014-2015 Past President of the Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine (CSOM) and continues as a Board of Trustee, and 2016-2017 President and Fellow of the Colorado Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP).

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