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 President Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, Delivers the Keynote Address at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement

Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Vista University (RVU), delivered the keynote address at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony. The event was held on Wednesday, June 5th at The Apollo Theater in New York, New York.

A board-certified physician in Anesthesiology and Family Medicine, Dr. Adams came to RVU after a distinguished thirty-year career in the United States Navy and numerous leadership roles in osteopathic medical education. While serving in the military, he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and was Command Surgeon for the United States Fleet Forces Command. Upon transitioning from the military, he served as Dean and Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Robert A. Kistner Award, presented to those who have made significant contributions to osteopathic medical education, and the Distinguished Service Award by the American Osteopathic Association.

At the Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Adams shared a personal story from his time as a resident in Family Medicine, and the lessons that it taught him. To treat his patient’s severe depression, Dr. Adams quickly found he had to address her husband’s health issues as well. This was made difficult as her husband was one of his superiors. By being a compassionate health care provider and an attentive listener, Dr. Adams was able to treat both husband and wife at a time when they were struggling to cope with mental health issues and addiction. He encouraged the Class of 2019 to embrace being a wellness partner for their patients as they move on to their residency training.

During his time at RVU, Dr. Adams has led the transformation of Rocky Vista University as it expands to offer additional health sciences programs, including the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Physician Assistant Studies degrees, as well as the opening of a second campus location in Ivins, Utah.