Dr. Thomas Told named dean of Rocky Vista medical program
September 23, 2014
Craig — Recalling the year they embarked on their career should be simple for most people. Remembering the exact date may be trickier.
For Dr. Thomas Told, even the exact time when he was officially a doctor remains fresh in his mind: 1:30 p.m. July 10, 1974.
"I got my certification, and they put me to work," he said.
Since then, he has remained in the medical field in one way or another.
Earlier this month, Told was named the dean and chief academic officer of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker.
Told has been part of Rocky Vista since 2009 and was the interim dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine for the past year before moving to the position permanently.
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His experience as a physician before that includes more than three decades in Craig, including a stretch as the Moffat County medical officer from 1976 to 2010 in addition to his regular practice.
"Dr. Told brings decades of experiences as a rural family practice physician and has extensive national leadership with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, which will be invaluable in leading our COM," Dr. Cheryl Lovell, president and CEO of RVU, said in a press release. "He is a great mentor and has extraordinary relationships with our students."
Told, a 1973 graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, has received numerous accolades from ACOFP throughout his career, including serving as its national president from 2006 to 2007 and garnering National Educator of the Year for 2014-15. He also consistently has been a distinguished faculty member within the school.
Told credited working in the Craig community as a factor in what he hopes to instill in future generations of doctors — the ability to handle a little bit of everything.
"I think the country has gotten down to the idea that in order to deliver care to everybody, they're going to have doctors who are more generalists," he said. "You've got to send doctors with a wide range of abilities to a small community. That was essentially my forte."
While seeing patients, Told said he needed to be ready to handle pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery or other requirements.
"I think we're getting back around to having doctors trained a little more broadly, and that's the mission of Rocky Vista, to put out full-scope physicians," he said. "I'm not saying we don't need specialists, by any means, but I think producing generalists is right up my alley here."
He also recently welcomed Dr. Dennis Kinder, former internist for The Memorial Hospital, to RVU.
Told splits his time between the Front Range and Moffat County, where he and wife, Mollie, still maintain a residence.
"There's just something special about Northwest Colorado," he said.
Wherever he resides, it's his very first case as a doctor — a patient with appendicitis on his first day on the job 40 years ago — that continues to serve as motivation to make difference in the medical field.
"I started with a bang, and I'll keep going with a bang," he said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.