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

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for me is that it is also located in a beautiful area close to home. It was definitely an easy choice for me to make.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I love how I feel like I belong at RVUCOM. We are all a family and want the best for each other.

How is medical school different from what you anticipated?
I have always been told that medical school is hard, but I didn’t really know what that meant until I was in it. Medical school is very different from undergrad education when it comes to the time commitment, the information retention requirements, and the exams. It is a new level of responsibility, but I have become a stronger person because of it all.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Organization is very important. Professors provide lots of PowerPoints, documents, and resources that can be hard to keep track of. I recommend Microsoft OneNote as a way to consolidate all information for quick access.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
I will be working for the Air Force as a physician after I graduate. I am planning on becoming a pediatrician because I love to work with children.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to exercise at the gym, hike, snowboard, cook, and have an occasional Netflix binge.

Fun fact about you:
I participated as a contestant for the Miss Utah USA pageant last year.

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