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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White Coat SU

Dr. Milavetz is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician with over 20 years of clinical experience.  She trained at one of Harvard’s teaching hospitals, holds a Master’s Degree in public health from the University of Minnesota and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

 Dr. Milavetz was on the faculty at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester prior to moving to Utah.  She is the former Medical Director of the McKay Dee Women’s Health Center in Ogden, Utah before starting OnSite Care in 2006.

 Dr. Milavetz continues practicing part-time at an OnSite Care clinic.  Her particular area of expertise is developing and running on-site medical clinics and wellness programs.  She is passionate about advancing the quality of community healthcare, specifically, in improving healthcare outcomes while driving down wasteful medical spending.  OnSite Care operates 16 primary care workplace clinics in 2 states caring for over 50,000 lives. 

Q: Where will the White Coat Ceremony be held?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah.

Q: When is the White Coat Ceremony?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 8:30-10:00 am.

Q: How can my family get up to date White Coat Ceremony information?
A: Please refer them to the RVU website and up to date information will be posted under the White Coat Ceremony tab for the Southern Utah campus.

Q: How long is the ceremony expected to last?
A: The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q: Is the White Coat Ceremony mandatory?
A: Yes. The White Coat Ceremony is mandatory for new students only. If you are repeating your first year, you will have the option of attending the ceremony.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Yes, the rehearsal will take place on campus the day before the ceremony. Details regarding time and location will be sent to the students in September.

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?
A:  No. Family members will not be allowed close enough to the stage to take photos of you. However, a professional photographer will take a picture of each student as they cross the stage. Information regarding where you can download these photos will be sent out after the ceremony.

Q: Will the ceremony be recorded or streamed?
A: No, the ceremony will not be streamed, but yes, it will be recorded. A copy of the recording will be emailed out to the students about a week or two after the ceremony.

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend the White Coat ceremony?
A: No. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and it is free. There is no limit as to how many guests students may invite.

Q: Who will coat me at the ceremony?
A: Each student will be coated by a member of the Rocky Vista University faculty.

Q: When should I arrive at the venue with my family? I want them to have a good seat.
A: The ceremony will begin right on time. Students should arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony. The amphitheater will open at 7:45 am and we recommend guests arrive no later than an hour before the start of the ceremony. All seating is first come, first served.

Q: Where do I park? Is there a charge for parking?
A: The Tuacahn Amphitheater has a large parking lot in front of the venue and parking is free.

Q: What if someone in my family requires disability accommodations?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at if one of your guests requires an accommodation for the White Coat Ceremony. Please also state the nature of the accommodation (e.g. accessible seating, etc.)

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at or 720-874-2407.

If you have any questions about the White Coat Ceremony, please contact Erica Whatley at or 720-874-2407.