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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Dr. Jill Pitcher Named 2019 Outstanding Female Leader of the Year

Jill Pitcher, DO, FACOFP, Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Rocky Vista University (RVU), was named the 2019 Outstanding Female Leader of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). She was presented the award on Thursday, March 21st at the Opening Session of the 56th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars in Chicago, Illinois.

A certified physician in osteopathic family medicine, correctional medicine, and holistic medicine, Dr. Pitcher has over thirty years of broad clinical experience that includes wide spectrum family medicine, urgent care, and chronic pain management. She is a Founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and has served as a lead physician treating fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and as a correctional facility medical director.

In addition to continuing practice experience precepting family medicine residents, Dr. Pitcher has merged her love of medicine and teaching as a faculty member in RVU’s Department of Primary Care Medicine. For the past eight years, she has dedicated herself to teaching the next generation of osteopathic physicians. She believes in providing compassionate care to people from all walks of life, and that, with an excellent education, students will be able to do the same for their future patients.

“Everyone at RVU knows how hard Dr. Pitcher works for the academic programs at the University and for the continued success of our students,” said Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., Dean of RVUCOM and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are thrilled that those outside the RVU family recognize her skills and achievements.”

The Outstanding Female Leader of the Year Award honors female physicians who serve as clinical role models, teachers, professional leaders and sources of inspiration for women and men who are in medical training. It is administered to qualifying physicians through the Women’s Health & Leadership Committee, which seeks to develop education and networking opportunities that promote women in leadership roles in the osteopathic profession. To qualify for the award, nominees must be in active practice for at least five years as well as be a current member of the ACOFP.