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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Rocky Vista University Welcomes Inaugural Class of 2020 to the Physician Assistant Program

Rocky Vista University (RVU) is proud to announce the matriculation of the inaugural class into its new Physician Assistant (PA) program. The PA Class of 2020 is comprised of 33 students from a variety of backgrounds and locations, and consists of 67% females and 33% males. The average cumulative GPA for the incoming class was 3.44. Upon the completion of the 27-month-long program, the physician assistant students will graduate with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree in one of America’s fastest growing medical disciplines.

Based on a competency-based medical education (CBME) model, the program faculty has designed an innovative curriculum that will produce clinically competent, compassionate and collaborative physician assistants. Students will learn foundational concepts during the Didactic Phase (the first two semesters) before moving on to the Clinical Phase, which is made up of supervised clinical practice experience (SCPE) and clinical seminars. “We are fortunate to have an experienced faculty, whose vision for the curriculum is not only highly innovative, but has the potential to lead other programs in the move toward competency-based medical education,” said Cathy C. Ruff, MS, PA-C, Program Director.

Additionally, students in the PA program will benefit from the existing resources of RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), including rotating with RVUCOM students throughout the Mountain West region and participating in the Standardized Patient program, in which students will interact in a monitored clinical setting with standardized patients (actors who portray realistic scenarios or symptoms to test and improve the skills of students). “The PA program will greatly augment our team-based medical education experience which is essential for preparing our graduates to practice in today’s health care delivery system,” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, President and CEO.

Physician assistants are academically and clinically prepared to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician, creating a shared team relationship that increases access to and enhances the delivery of high-quality health care. Furthermore, they are able to make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services. In the coming years, a growing shortage of physicians in under-served communities throughout the country will be mitigated by the addition of physician assistants to a patient’s medical care team.