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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RVUCOM Students Train in Hyper-Realistic™ Simulations at Cut Suit® Week

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) students from the Military Medicine Track participated in Cut Suit Week, a large-scale, healthcare simulation event hosted by Strategic Operations, Inc. (STOPS). The event took place at the Stu Segall Productions facility in San Diego, California from Sunday, April 28th to Saturday, May 4th.

RVUCOM students were joined by their counterparts from Touro University Nevada, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, and Western University of Health Sciences for a hands-on learning experience alongside first responders. After brushing up on their surgical skills at workshops throughout the week, students participated in Hyper-Realistic™ scenarios that included an active shooter, explosions, a domestic violence incident, and various surgical simulations. During the scenarios, they rushed to treat patients suffering from life-threatening injuries, and performed a wide range of medical procedures including chest tube thoracotomies, deep wound packing, combat tourniquet application, intraosseous infusions, and more. The Cut Suit® (a human-worn body suit which simulates realistic trauma) was utilized for life-threatening injuries requiring complex surgical procedures.

The simulations, part of STOPS’ Intensive Surgical and Trauma Skills Course, were designed to completely immerse participants in battlefield conditions and emergency situations, and allowed students to hone their skills in a controlled environment. The back-to-back scenarios also highlighted the unique aspect of emergency medicine for physicians serving in the Armed Forces: triaging the wounded and providing critical care en route to a surgical facility.

The Hyper-Realistic™ training at Cut Suit Week went beyond the medical procedures as students experienced an active scene from the perspective of law enforcement, which included how they treat a scene before the victim makes it to the Emergency Room (ER) or Operating Room (OR). For those students who volunteered to be standardized patients, they also experienced first-hand how trauma can affect a patient before they have received medical treatment.

For Hannah Douglas, OMS II, Cut Suit Week was a thoroughly educational experience. “I had the opportunity to gain hands on surgical, emergency, and anesthesiology exposure,” said SD Douglas. “I went in thinking I was going to fall behind studying for [my board examinations], and instead came away knowing I will be a better physician because of it.”