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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Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with the Military Track.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I really like the availability of faculty and their commitment to student improvement. One of the major reasons I chose RVU was the atmosphere, as I have met some amazing mentors and friends in my time here. Close proximity to countless hiking and snowboarding trails doesn’t hurt either!

What are your medical interests?
I find myself interested in many fields, namely Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. I am looking forward to starting rotations next year to explore my interests a bit more.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
I am a Navy HPSP student, so I will enter into a General Medical Officer (GMO) tour followed by residency, or go straight into residency. I am excited for the possibility of completing a Flight Medicine or Dive Medicine GMO tour. Previous to RVUCOM, I was a tutor and I am interested in teaching medicine at a point later in my career.

What advice do you have for first-year students? 
My biggest piece of advice to first year students is to learn how to manage your time properly. Multiple passes and quizzing over the material help tremendously with retention.

What do you do in your spare time?
Taekwondo, Snowboarding, and Biking.

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