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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Joel Roberts, MD

Assistant Program Director
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

Assistant Professor of Physiology
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program
Physician Assistant Program • (720) 875-2806

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


  • Residency Training
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, CO
  • Internship Training
    Internal Medicine
    St. Joseph Hospital
    Denver, CO
  • Doctor of Medicine
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, CO
  • Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude)
    Azusa Pacific University
    Azusa, CA

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Professional Experience

  • 2017 – Present: Instructor of Physiology
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Instructor of Surgical Clerkship Simulations
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Physician as Educator Course
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • 2012: Shadow Experience in Ethiopia
    Cure Hospital
  • 2009 – 2011: Outdoor Educator
    Mission Springs Outdoor Education
  • 2006 – 2009: Teaching Assistant, General Chemistry Lab
    Azusa Pacific University
  • 2006 – 2008: Team Leader
    Team Luke Medical Missions

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Service and Contributions


  • Hidden Curriculum Course Facilitator, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2015-2017)
  • Secondary Screening Committee, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2014-2015)
  • Advisory College Student Advisor, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2014-2015)
  • Volunteer, Klinefelter Syndrome and Associates’ Families Conference (2013)
  • Admissions Committee, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2012-2015)
  • LEADS Track, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2012-2015)
  • All About Couples Group Leader, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2012-2015)
  • JFK Partners Summer Internship, LEADS Track University of Colorado School of Medicine (2012)
  • Volunteer, Paris Elementary School Reading, Writing, and Sports Program (2011-2014)
  • Volunteer, Monterey Bay Horsemanship and Therapeutic Center (2010-2011)
  • Community Advisor, Azusa Pacific University (2007-2008)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • Colorado Medical Society
  • American Society of Anesthesiology

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Honors and Awards

  • Robert Virtue Award
    University of Colorado Anesthesiology Department
  • National Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry Award
    Azusa Pacific University Department of Biology and Chemistry

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Publications and Presentations


  • “Overview of Common Upper Extremity Nerve Blocks”
    Denver Health Hospital
  • “Stepwise Hypotension During C-Section with Epidural Anesthesia in Parturient with Moderate to Severe Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis”
    Western Anesthesia Regional Conference
  • “Understanding Strong Ion Difference”
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • “Physiology and Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery”
    Veteran Affairs Hospital
  • “Airway Management”
    Fundamental Critical Care Support Course
  • “Clinical Case Presentations”
    St. Joseph Hospital
  • “Understanding the Health Benefits Exchange”
    LEADS Lecture Series
  • “Tools for Successful Conflict Management”
    LEADS Summer Leadership Seminar Series

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Research and Studies

  • MRI and Anesthesia Safety and Education; University of Colorado Department of Anesthesia Quality Improvement Project (2017)
  • “What to Expect from Anesthesia” section in Pancreatic and Spinal Surgery patient information pamphlet (2017)
  • Impact of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Healthcare Reform on United States Medical Students; University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology. Survey tool developed (2014-2015)
  • JFK Partners FASL and Children With Autism Waiver Participant Experience Interview. Presented to Director of JFK Partners. (2012)

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Biographical Information

Dr. Roberts grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Upon graduation, he moved to Southern California to attend school at Azusa Pacific University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. While in California, he taught outdoor education in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He returned to his home state and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine.

He decided to join the RVU team because of his love of working with students and having the flexibility to implement new and exciting teaching methods.

When he is not teaching his wonderful students, Dr. Roberts enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and many pets. He also likes hiking, snowboarding, singing, and racquetball. A fun fact about him is that he makes different styles of pizza from scratch.

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