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-SU Orientation


Welcome to Rocky Vista University Southern Utah! We have designed an Orientation that is intended to help you get to know more about the RVU-SU campus, meet your classmates, faculty, staff, and hear about the resources available to you as an RVU student.  Please review the Orientation information on this page, and we look forward to seeing you on July 17th!

Tuesday, July 17

8:00 – 8:30 am                Check-in & White Coat Distribution                              Seminar Rooms

8:30 – 9:30 am                Welcome to Osteopathic Medicine                               Auditorium 1

9:30 – 10:30 am              Ice Breaker (Group Set 1-numbers)                             Various Locations

10:30 – 11:00 am            Ready, Set, Go – IT Services (Bring computers)          Auditorium 1

11:00 – 12:00 pm            Curriculum Overview                                                     Auditorium 1

12:00 – 1:30 pm              Meet-n-Greet Lunch with Faculty/Administration          Student Lounge

1:30 – 3:00 pm                Intro to Gross Anatomy (Bring computers)                   Auditorium 1

3:00 – 3:15 pm                Break                                                                            Auditorium 1

3:15 – 4:30 pm                Vision Statement Exercise (Group Set 2 – color)          Various Locations

4:30 – 6:00 pm                Break

6:00 – 9:00 pm                Student Social – sponsored by SGA                            Veyo Hot Springs
(RSVP & Waiver Needed)


Wednesday, July 18

9:00 – 11:30 am               Service Project   (Group Set 3 – emoji)                      Utah Food Bank 
                                         Red T-shirt/closed-toed shoes

11:30 – 12:00 pm             Travel to RVU

12:00 – 1:00 pm                Lunch sponsored by Stapley Pharmacy                   Student Lounge

                                          Afternoon dress is BUSINESS CASUAL

1:00 – 2:00 pm                  Student Resources – Student Affairs                         Auditorium 1

2:00 – 3:00 pm                  Life Skills Seminar – Turning Leaf Presentation        Auditorium 1

3:00 – 4:00 pm                  Vision Statement Completion – 1 person per team  Auditorium 1
3:00 – 4:00 pm                  SuccessType Survival Strategies                             Auditorium 1

3:00 – 4:00 pm                  White Coat Pictures (A-L)                                        Seminar Rooms

3:00 – 3:15               A-C
3:15 – 3:30               D-F
3:30 – 3:45               G-I
3:45 – 4:00              J-L


Thursday, July 19

9:00 – 9:30 am                 White Coat Group Picture (Business Dress & White Coats)       South Parking Lot

9:30 – 11:45 am               Student Information Panels (Choose 4 of 6)                                  Various Locations
– Healthy Living                                                                               SP Debrief Rooms
– Student Involvement                                                                     Seminar Room 1
– Maintaining Healthy Relationships                                                Library Room 1
– Work and Life Balance                                                                  Seminar Room 2
– Study Strategies for Success                                                        Auditorium 1
– Money Matters                                                                               Library Room 2

11:45 – 12:30 pm             Lunch – sponsored by Zions Bank                                                  Student Lounge

12:30 – 1:30 pm               Q&A by SGA/OMS-II students/Fellows                                          Auditorium 1

1:30 – 1:45 pm                 Vision Statement Reveal                                                                Auditorium 1

1:45 – 2:00 pm                 Break

2:00 – 2:15 pm                 Campus Safety & Security – Terry Meyer                                       Auditorium 1

2:15 – 2:45 pm                 Title IX – Laura Dement                                                                  Auditorium 1

2:45 – 3:45 pm                 SuccessType Survival Strategies                                                   Auditorium 1

2:45 – 3:45 pm                 White Coat Pictures (M-Z)

2:45 – 3:00               M-O
3:00 – 3:15               P-R
3:15 – 3:30               S-U
3:30 – 3:45               V-Z

3:00 – 5:00 pm                  (Optional) Cadaver Preparation                                                    Anatomy Lab

3:45 – 4:30 pm                  Special Session: Orientation for Military Students                        Auditorium 1

4:30 – 6:00 pm                  Break

6:00 – 8:00 pm                  RVU Community Potluck BBQ Social (Families invited)               Sand Hollow Aquatics
                                         (RSVP & Waiver)

Why should I attend Orientation?
You will not only receive valuable information, but you will begin networking with your classmates, faculty, staff,and administrators which will be very helpful.

Am I required to attend Orientation?
Yes. Tools and resources will be provided to help you hit the ground running. 

What should I bring to Orientation?
Be prepared to take notes, and a laptop is also periodically needed.  Click here for technical requirements.

What should I wear?
Wear business Casual Dress. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional details. For the Service Project on Wednesday (7/18), casual attire is appropriate and must wear close-toed shoes.

What time should I arrive?
Check-in starts at 8:00 am on the first day. Orientation begins promptly at 8:30 am

Can other family members attend?
No. Families are invited to the RVU Community Social at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center on Thursday (7/19) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Will there be time to get to know the other students?
In addition to the break-out sessions, you will also be attending a Student Government sponsored evening social on Monday (7/17) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  

Why isn’t the White Coat ceremony during Orientation?
Due to the hot temperatures in Southern Utah in July, the White Coat ceremony is taking place on September 22nd when the weather is more accommodating.  

When will I receive my White Coat?
You will receive your White Coat as you check in for Orientation.

When will I get my ID badge?
ID badges will be distributed on the first day of class, July 23rd.

Are there any activities for my family members?
Yes.  We are inviting all family members, including the Class of 2021, to the RVU Community Potluck Social on  Thursday evening, July 19th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each student should bring a side dish or dessert.   

When will I meet my Peer Mentor?
All of the peer mentors are encouraged to attend Orientation.  If your mentor is unable to attend, then they will contact you for an in-person meeting during the first week of classes.

Do I need to take any pre-assessments before Orientation?
Yes.  You are required to take the LASSI (Learning & Study Strategies Inventory), VARK Questionnaire, Study Skills Inventory, and Learning Style Inventory.  These assessments will help you better understand yourself and how you study, and will aid your advisor in providing you with useful feedback, especially if you have any academic difficulties.

What should I know before I start classes?
In addition to the information shared by Dr. Mason regarding the MSK course, you should review all of the pre-orientation information available on this website.  You will also have the opportunity to ask our 2nd year students questions during a Q&A, and should reach out to your assigned Peer Mentor for any questions you may have.   Also Google “What should I know before starting medical school.”

Where should I park?
Parking lot north of the COM (closest to the Red Mountain), between the COM and Veterans Center.

Will food be provided?
Yes. Lunch will be provided each day. 

Dr. David Park

Dr. Brad Thornock

Dr. Andrew Nigh

Dr. David Crimin

Dr. Matthew Linton

Dr. Michael Wells

Dr. Jan Pryor

Dr. Nena Mason

Dr. Judy Caldwell

Dr. Ben Wilde

RVU-SU Student Orientation * Community Sponsors

Thank you to the following corporate sponsors for their outstanding support of our medical students as they prepare to attend the 2018-2019 academic year at Rocky Vista University, Southern Utah: