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

Mikenzie Sturdevant, OMS I

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM because of their competitive statistics for the boards and the opportunity to be involved in the Rural and Wilderness Track.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The first time I walked into RVUCOM-SU for my interview, I experienced the feeling of inclusiveness from both the faculty and students. The support system that exists here at RVUCOM is unique in that everyone is approachable and invested in your success. By removing the intimidation factor (that I found interviewing at other institutions), RVUCOM has created a learning environment that brings out the best potential in all of their students.

What are your medical interests?
Although I am unsure what specialty I will go into, I enjoy learning about wilderness medicine through ACOEP. My goal is to partake in the Rural and Wilderness Track.

What do you appreciate most about Southern Utah and the local area?
The scenery surrounding RVUCOM-SU is truly breathtaking. The accessibility of trails and state parks to the school make for adventurous study breaks.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
After graduating and completing residency, I want to go back to Wyoming to practice medicine in a rural community with my husband, Dallas, who is also studying to be a DO.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending my spare time outside as much as possible. I love hiking, playing soccer and kayaking with my friends and small dog, Stella.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a professional livestock judge for cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. In the summer, I am contracted by different counties in Wyoming or Colorado to judge their shows.

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