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.