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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RVU Partners with Special Olympics Colorado and the Denver Osteopathic Foundation to Provide Sports Physicals for Athletes

RVU students and faculty members provided free sports physicals for Special Olympics Colorado (SOCO) athletes on Saturday, March 30th. The event was made possible through a partnership between RVU, SOCO’s Healthy Athletes® program, and the Denver Osteopathic Foundation’s (DOF) Sports Physicals program.

According to SOCO, an average athlete with intellectual disabilities (ID) visits fifty different physicians until he or she can find a provider able to meet their needs. As such, the first goal of the event was to increase access to quality healthcare for the athletes, and to do so in a fun and comfortable environment. By participating in the partnership between SOCO and DOF’s programs, RVU’s students and faculty members also received free training on the specific care needs of individuals with ID, further increasing their knowledge of and compassion for these patients.

“We are grateful for the effort the Denver Osteopathic Foundation put into a student event with Special Olympics Colorado,” said Jill Pitcher, DO, Associate Professor of Family Medicine. “This often requires not just good sports exam skills, but some understanding of the special circumstances these athletes have in their life and how it impacts their participation in sports. Paired first-year and second-year students performed exams on 12 athletes, and they all really enjoyed the interaction and experience they had.”

The combined resources from SOCO’s Healthy Athletes® program, DOF’s Sports Physicals program, and RVU students and faculty members’ expertise led to a fun event that greatly benefitted the athletes and their families. By receiving free sports physicals at RVU, athletes were cleared to participate in sports activities and competitions that are incredible rewarding for them, their families, and their community. In addition, the event raised awareness of the healthcare needs of individuals with ID and the importance of ongoing education and training for healthcare professionals and medical students.

“The athletes and their families were a joy to work with and provided a valuable experience for RVU students to perform their physicals under the supervision of a physician,” said Emma Vaudreuil, OMS-II. “The athletes came to us with unique medical needs and they helped teach medical students how to be flexible and perform a comprehensive exam. Events like these also allow us to make connections with the community and share what it means to be an osteopathic physician,” said Gage Williamson, OMS-II.

For more photos of the event, visit the RVU Facebook page.