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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Thomas Bigham, DO

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Department of Primary Care Medicine • (435) 222-1240
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-242


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses


  • Family Practice Residency
    University of Utah Family Practice Residency
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    2002 – 2004
  • Carle Foundation Family Practice Residency
    Affiliated with the University of Illinois School of Medicine
    Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    2001 – 2002
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Biddeford, ME
  • Master of Arts
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN

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Professional Experience

  • 2020 – present: Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – present: Supervising Physician
    Enterprise Valley Medical Clinic
  • 2013 – 2019: Hospitalist
    Klickitat Valley Hospital
  • 2009 – 2013: Family Physician
    Family Health Care (CHC)
  • 2005 – 2009: County Medical Examiner
    Apache County, Arizona
  • 2004 – 2009: Family Physician
    North County Community Health Center/Round Valley
  • 1996 – 1997: Instructor, Department of Biology
    Purdue University
  • 1993 – 1997: Lab Coordinator
    Purdue University

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Board Certification: American Board of Family Medicine (2024)
  • State Licensure: Utah and Washington (current)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (current)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification (current)

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