Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Student Organizations

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official governing body for all students at Rocky Vista University. The SGA is composed of officers from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, voted into office by students of the COM, the sitting presidents of classes in their first and second year in the COM, the sitting president of the MSBS class, and the sitting president of the MPAS class. Responsibilities of the SGA include: collecting and expressing student opinions, acting as a liaison between the student body and the Student Affairs Office, promoting osteopathic medicine and wellness, supporting organization and class activities, and working to improve the quality of life for all students at RVU.


Class Officers

Each class will elect a class President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Curriculum Representative, and Historian during the first month (new students) or the preceding spring (returning students) of the academic year. The officers elected for the OMS-III class shall serve as the officers for the class during the OMS-III and OMS-IV years and will be elected during last month of the OMS-II academic year.


Clubs and Organizations

American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)
The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) exists to support quality emergency medical care, promote interests of osteopathic emergency physicians, support development and implementation of osteopathic emergency medical education and advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine through a system of quality and cost-effective healthcare in a distinct, unified profession.

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
The objective of the undergraduate chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is to advance the specialty of family practice in the field of osteopathic medicine and surgery. The organization works toward the advancement of family practice and recognition of the importance of the family practitioner’s role in the context of osteopathic medical services in the community. The chapter advances the role of the family practitioner as the backbone of modern medical practice. The Colorado Society of the ACOFP is the state division of the national organization and maintains a direct liaison with the RVUCOM chapter. Membership in this organization entitles students to benefits such as seminars, educational programs, and financial support to various family practice conferences.

American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)
The purpose of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatrics (ACOP) is to foster and stimulate interest among osteopathic medical students in the practice of Pediatrics. National membership includes discounted rates to the National Convention and access to online education and support materials. The local RVU chapter utilizes speakers, community service, public outreach and cooperation with local clubs and organizations to further the understanding and appreciation of Pediatric Medicine.

American College of Osteopathic Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ACOPMR)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), also referred to as Physiatry (PM) or Rehabilitation Medicine (RM) is the medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating persons with physical disabilities. The primary goal of the physiatrist is to achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychosocial and vocational function through comprehensive multi-disciplinary rehabilitation.

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is a national organization that also functions at the local level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. The RVU branch of AMWA is designed to foster female students as leaders in medicine by providing resources to female students, access to networking and mentoring opportunities, and connecting female students with national AMWA initiatives and leadership. Additionally, the AMWA Club seeks to raise awareness of gender equity through outreach and recruitment, by promoting the increased study of women’s health issues, and through funding and education initiatives.

Learn more about the AMWA Club.

American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM)
The purpose of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) is to advance a mutually respectful relationship among dedicated, competent sports medicine specialists, and to provide a quality educational resource for AOASM members, allied health sports medicine professionals, and the general public.

American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA)
The purpose of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (AOCA) is to advance the standards of practice and service in the specialty of Anesthesiology, aid in providing opportunities for study and training in the art and science of Anesthesiology, and maintain and promote the highest moral and ethical standards in the practice of Anesthesiology.

Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDA)
The Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDA) is a national organization that began in 1931. The chapter is composed of health care professionals and students who are committed to living out their faith through their profession. Benefits of the club include seminars, journals and newsletters.

Collegium Aesculapium
The Collegium Aesculapium is an internal organization for LDS and non-LDS, faith-centered medical professionals. The objective of Collegium Aesculapium Foundation, Inc. is to assist members in balancing professional, scientific, personal and spiritual aspects of their life. The purpose of the Student Chapter of Collegium Aesculapium at Rocky Vista University is to accomplish the Collegium’s objective in the lives of students entering the field of medicine.

Colorado Medical Society (CMS)
The mission of the Rocky Vista University chapter of the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) is to bring into one organization, the students of medicine in the state of Colorado; to promote the science and art of medicine, the betterment of the public health and the unity, harmony and welfare of the medical profession; and to unite with county and district medical societies to form and maintain the Colorado Medical Society.

Community Outreach and Medical Mentors (COMM)
As a subcommittee of the RVUCOM-SU Chapter of SAACOFP, the Community Outreach and Medical Mentors Department is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing opportunities for student doctors to serve the community. We are committed to promoting understanding through education, to using our experience and knowledge to mentor future student doctors, and to inspiring young minds to pursue careers in science and medicine.

The Dermatology/Pathology ACO is formed of RVU students that are interested in learning more about pathology — a specialty of medicine that is dedicated to the study of disease, the processes of disease and how departure from the normal inner workings of the body impact the person as a whole. Students will be introduced to the overview of pathology as a medical specialty and learn what pathology will encompass in the academic environment. DERM/PATH endeavors to introduce students to current pathological issues through events, speakers and journal ACO presentations. DERM/PATH also focuses on bringing to light pathology residency options (with attention to COMLEX and USMLE scores and test differences), potential shadowing experiences, presentations of gross specimens throughout the academic semester, student tutoring, fundraising for humanitarian and research causes and the delicate balance between the practice of medicine and the pathology behind it. Any current student or entering student is encouraged and welcome to join DERM/PATH if they are considering pathology as a specialty, are interested in delving further into the realms of pathology, or would like to enhance their academic learning!

Doctors in Business Society (DIBS)
Doctors in Business Society Club allows students to learn of best business practices as a physician in self-practice and other entrepreneurial endeavors. DIBS seeks to do this by providing opportunities for students to learn and practice business techniques, including providing speakers offering guidance regarding proper physician business principles and practices.

Global Medicine Outreach
The Global Medical Outreach Club (GMO Club) at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine University is established in recognition and support of global health outreach programs and efforts to provide healthcare to underserved people worldwide. This club arranges speakers, events, and programs for students to explore areas of medicine that they ordinarily would not have the ability to access in their university training. This includes service to medically underserved communities abroad, as well as within the United States. It promotes exposure to diverse ethnic and cultural groups, and fosters cultural sensitivity and advocacy for vulnerable populations. GMO Club offers insight to student physicians looking to participate in various medical missions.

Integrative Medicine Club
Integrative Medicine Club (IMC) club is meant to embody the osteopathic model of viewing the body as a whole and looking through various lenses of treatment. The club provides students with information and opportunities to understand, explore and pursue various treatment modalities and aid in expanding knowledge on topics such as meditation, yoga, nutrition, Eastern medicine, and functional medicine.

Medical Research Club
The Medical Research Club’s focus is to provide opportunities for students to engage in medical research while in medical school through attending medical research lectures, conducting clinical/benchtop research. This club allows students to learn about and participate in graduate-level research as well as providing speakers who offer guidance regarding the pursuit of medical research opportunities.

Medical Spanish Interest Club
The Medical Spanish Interest Group is an interest group of the SAACOFP. Our mission is to advance the knowledge of and proficiency in Medical Spanish of the student doctors in preparation to better serve the large population of Hispanic-Americans in the United States. The Medical Spanish Interest Group holds bi-monthly classes which revolve around hypothetical patients in a variety of circumstances and the specific Spanish vocabulary needed to communicate effectively with these patients and their family members.

Medical Students Advocating High Risk Populations (MSAHRP)
Medical Students Advocating for High Risk Populations (MSAHRP) is a club that focuses on assessing the needs of high risk populations within the community, creating projects to help meet those needs, collecting and interpreting data based on the identified high risk population and developing partnerships with like-minded organizations in the community.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Club (OB/GYN)
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Club (OB/GYN) is passionately committed to excellence in women’s health. With integrity, we shall educate and support osteopathic health care professionals to improve the quality of life for women. In doing so, we will provide opportunities for fellowship and joy in our profession.

Rotary Community Corps of Rocky Vista University (RCC/RVU)
The Rotary Community Corps of Rocky Vista University was formed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Parker. The RCC/RVU is involved in service projects within the community and also supports projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Parker.

RVU Internal Medicine Club (RVUIMC)
The RVU Internal Medicine Club (RVUIMC) exists to provide early exposure to students of the many facets of internal medicine. Those involved in the RVUIMC have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with speakers from general internists, hospitalists and the different specialties in internal medicine. Some of the internal medicine specialties include: Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease and Rheumatology. Lunch is provided to club members at these meetings. Additionally, RVUIMC members have the opportunity to attend conferences held by the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI). Part of the cost to attend these conferences is reimbursed from club funds. Finally, the RVUIMC hosts a blood drive in the fall and assists in teaching clinical skills to first year students.

RVU Ultrasound Interest Group
The USIG is a club designed to build leadership in the use and understanding of ultrasound (US) technology, specifically at the patient bedside or point-of-care. Through education, the main goal will be to teach and encourage proper use of this tool in the clinical setting. The USIG is a mentorship program open to all students at RVUCOM. Students will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and hone their ultrasound skills during monthly workshops. The USIG will work closely with the University of Colorado USIG to put on large events, namely Ultrafest – a regional symposium for medical students interested in point-of-care ultrasound.

Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP)
Sigma Sigma Phi is the National Osteopathic Honor society for Osteopathic Medical Students. Rocky Vista University’s Chapter is Omicron Theta and membership is by invitation only. To be eligible to apply for membership, students must rank within the top 25% of their class, have a cumulative GPA of at least 80.0%, and have no honor code violations. Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply. Invitations are only sent out at the end of each semester.

Southern Utah Collegium Aesculapium (SUCA)
Collegium Aesculapium is an Organization for LDS and non-LDS, faith-centered medical professionals. The purpose of Southern Utah Collegium Aesculapium is to assist members in balancing professional, scientific, personal, and spiritual aspects of their life. This organization promotes the practice of nurturing the connection of spirit to the academic rigors of mind and body provided by student education. It enhances members’ understanding of the relationship between religious faiths and the medical profession. Through uplifting events and volunteer activities it fosters a wellness in the mind, body, and spirit of its members.

The purpose of STIGMA shall be to promote awareness of mental health within all branches of medicine, provide opportunities for students to learn about Psychiatry as a specialty and host events allowing students to improve their knowledge and skill sets in addressing mental health concerns both in their private and professional life.

The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)
The Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) is a professional organization dedicated to serving osteopathic medical students. It is the COM’s extension of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), a national association established in 1937. The academy maintains the goal of developing the science and art of total health care, with an emphasis on palpatory diagnosis and the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Membership in SAAO allows students to receive AAO publications and to attend the annual convocation, both at reduced prices.

Student American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (SAOAO)
The mission of the Student American Osteopathic Association of Orthopedics (SAOAO) is to form a bridge between Osteopathic Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, in order to create a holistic functioning system to provide all the members with the opportunity to change the future of Osteopathic Orthopedic medicine by being well-educated and experienced health care practitioners.

Student Association of ACOFP (SAACOFP)
The RVUCOM-SU Chapter of the Student Association of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians offers a variety of benefits while providing opportunities to build a professional network and enhance leadership skills. Its main objectives are: to advance the standards of family medicine by encouraging and improving educational opportunities for the training of family physicians in all branches of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery; to encourage the establishment/expansion of residency programs in family medicine within hospitals; to promote a general understanding of the scope of services rendered by a family medicine doctor and his/her relationship to other specialty groups; and to maintain and promote high moral and ethical standards in the practice of Osteopathic Medicine.

Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons (SAMOPS)
Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS), the student chapter of this national organization, is open to all College of Osteopathic Medicine students in the military or public health service. The chapter serves as a liaison between on-campus military students and those on externships or military alumni.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) is the official organization for osteopathic medical students and the affiliated student organization of the American Osteopathic Association. Its purpose is to advance the osteopathic profession, advocate for public health and welfare, and to represent the views and opinions of osteopathic medical students. SOMA national affiliations with similar groups at other schools provide the largest network for information exchange and interaction available today. Membership in SOMA brings many benefits including free subscriptions to Student Doctor and Medical Student and discount prices on diagnostic equipment, the Preceptorship Program, SOMA scholarships, life insurance programs and more. Locally, SOMA is involved in the school, hospital and citizen communities through various service projects and socials.

Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
The Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA) welcomes osteopathic medical students interested in surgery or its subspecialties. The SOSA strives to advance the discipline and the knowledge and skills of the individual student with a career interest in surgical fields.

Ultrasound Society Club (US)
Ultrasound Society Club (US) is a club designed to build leadership in the use and understanding of ultrasound (US) technology, specifically at bedside or point-of-care. Through education, the main goal is to teach and encourage proper use in the clinical setting.

The Wilderness Medicine Society Student Interest Group (WMSIG)
The Wilderness Medical Society Student Interest Group (WMSIG) is a sub-committee under ACOEP with the purpose of advancing, “healthcare, research, and education related to wilderness medicine.” This group promotes the preparation for participants to become more adept at rendering emergency medical care in remote and austere environments.

Women in Medicine (WIM)
The Women in Medicine (WIM) club encourages the participation and appreciation of women in medicine, utilizing the unique female perspective to positively influence holistic healthcare. This club promotes exemplifying and developing leadership, mentoring, education, and advocacy. WIM spotlights women in the medical field to emphasize the importance of having female peers and role models and promotes women’s health by educating and inspiring the community.