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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Standardized Patient Program

The integration of scientifically-based, outcome-evaluated clinical knowledge and skills, biomedical sciences, and osteopathic principles practices with the behavioral and communications skills required for health care providers can be advanced and evaluated for _sjs0547pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as physicians and other providers in practice. In keeping with the mission and vision of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Standardized Patient (SP) Program provides a safe setting in which students may practice and receive feedback concerning their ability to become competent communicators, as well as knowledgeable, skilled compassionate and ethical, professionals.

The SP Program, additionally, is responsible for the design, development, delivery and assessment of faculty development programs to enhance the continuous improvement of the faculty who teach our students. This duty is in keeping with the mission and vision of the university to provide our students and faculty with the well researched and validated methods of instruction and evaluation, including mentoring and supervision, state of the art instructional technology, and continuous professional advancement. Assessment of all facets of the curriculum, faculty, and students is one duty placed within the domain of the SP Program that will be integral to the accomplishment of its other duties.

The Standardized Patient Program is part of the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery (SIMS). Click here to learn more about SIMS.

Interested in becoming a Standardized Patient? Learn more here.