Student Spotlight

Raymond Kwong, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Arizona
  • Clubs and Activities: President of the ACOEP Southern Utah Chapter, Ambassador, and Peer Mentor.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The interview process made me feel very welcomed and wanted. I had been to other interviews where I was...
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Faculty Spotlight

David Ross, DO, FACEP

Director of Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track
Course Director of Military Medicine I, II, and III
Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine
Associate Professor in the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, then moved to Seattle, WA.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Washington
  • Graduate Studies: Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; Internship at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emergency Medicine Residency and Hyperbaric Fellowship at Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans; Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force

What class/classes do you teach? I teach in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, Military Medicine, and I am...
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Days of Diversity Series Celebrates Culture Through Dance, Food, and Conversation

The Days of Diversity Series is a semester-long program that seeks to break down cultural barriers while celebrating the diversity present in the RVU community. Students are engaged in a variety of activities that deconstruct cultural biases and integrate lessons from the series into their courses. By experiencing different worldviews and lifestyles through dance, food, and meaningful discussions, students train to be more compassionate physicians.

The series kicked-off at RVU-CO with “Dances from Around the World,” in which students learned the steps to traditional and modern dances, including the Salsa of Spain, the Bhangra of Punjab, and Korean pop. The event was followed by the “International Feast of Flavors,” which was held on both campuses. At RVU-CO, students┬ásampled savory dishes and treats such as guava pie, chicken curry, and tamales. Those who contributed to the feast also shared why their dish is important to them. In addition to a plethora of homemade dishes, RVUCOM-SU created an interactive world map for students, faculty, and staff to indicate where they had been born.

After the new year, “Understanding the Healthcare Needs of Women” brought students together to discuss the challenges women face around the world when it comes to addressing their healthcare needs. These challenges include maternal and reproductive health, breast and cervical cancer, and domestic and sexual violence. During the last event, “Understanding the Cultural Influences on Mental Health”, students presented on the mental healthcare stigmas and needs found in in other countries.

For photos more photos from the events, visit the RVU Facebook page.