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. Joseph Stasio Receives RVU’s Faculty Innovator Award

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is pleased to announce that Joseph Stasio, DO, FACOFP, Chair and Professor for the Department of Primary Care, was awarded the Faculty Innovator Award.

During his time at RVU, Dr. Stasio has been a champion for innovation and excellence in medical education, embracing new teaching models such as physical exam training models and the Harvey Cardiac Sound Trainer. He has helped to expand and improve upon the standardized patient component in the Department of Primary Care Medicine (PCM), ensuring that students receive high-impact patient care training early on in their medical education.

Dr. Stasio walks up to the podium to accept the Faculty Innovator Award. 

Dr. Stasio has also collaborated with peers on both the Colorado campus and the Southern Utah campus, encouraging each member of the Department of PCM to be innovative in their respective roles. This has led to significant changes, including a more robust Early Clinical Experience Program, an increased use of technology in didactics, and the integration of PCM course content with simulation training.

For his significant contributions in the development of course work to train future osteopathic physicians, one student lauded Dr. Stasio’s compassion and continuous service. “He has amazing stories that help weave material into our lives and make sense of all the knowledge that is thrown our way. Dr. Stasio is always available for questions, is an advocate for students, displays excellence in the field of medicine, and does it all with a smile and fun personality.”

Established in 2017 by Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, RVU President and CEO, the Faculty Innovator Award honors a faculty member for their outstanding achievements in academic excellence. Each year, a professor is selected by his or her peers for their academic discipline, their display of excellence in service and academic scholarship, and their exemplification of RVU’s core values.

Dr. Stasio is also the Medical Director of RVU’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program. He accepted the Faculty Innovator Award during the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony on July 19, 2019.