Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Alexis Horst, MA

Writing Center Coordinator
Instructor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities • (720) 875-2811
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-10

Education | Professional ExperienceProfessional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


  • Master of Arts
    University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Arts
    San Diego State University
    San Diego, CA

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Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present: Writing Center Instructor
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016: Writing Center Supervisor
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2012 – 2016: Professional Writing Consultant
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2013 – 2015: Adjunct Faculty, English
    Community College of Denver
  • 2013 – 2014: Instructor, English
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2013: Research Assistant
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2011 – 2013: Teaching Assistant
    University of Colorado Denver
  • 2011: Teacher
    Institute of Reading Development

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • Denver Writes (2012, 2015)
  • The Denver Writing Project (2012)

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Publications and Presentations

Publications (In-House)

  • AMA Citation (handout); 2016
  • Clarity and Concision (handout); 2016
  • Developing a Curriculum Vitae (handout); 2016
  • Personal Statements for Residency (handout); 2016
  • Writing in the Sciences (handout) 2016
  • Creating Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
    CU Anschutz College of Nursing; 2015
  • The Grammar Module: Understanding and Teaching Sentence Slots; 2014
  • The Grammar Module: Understanding and Teaching Verb Tense; 2014
  • Review of: ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors by Bruce, Shanti, and Ben Rafoth, eds.; 2014
  • Critical Reading for Writers; 2013
  • Review of: Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice By Charles E. Bressler; 2013
  • Review of: Reading Better, Reading Smarter: Designing Literature Lessons for Adolescents Deborah Appleman and Michael F. Graves; 2012
  • Review of: A Pedagogy for Liberation: Dialogues on Transforming Education by Ira Shor and Paulo Freire; 2012
  • Review of: The Dialogic Imagination by Mikhail Bahktin; 2012



  • “All-Inclusive Advertising: Rhetoric and Images to Encourage Visits From all Students”
    Colorado-Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference
  • “The ELL Grab-Bag” Round Table Discussion
    Colorado-Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference
  • “Workshop: Graduate School and Beyond”
    Colorado-Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference
  • “Reaching Out: Methods for Establishing Connection and Support Across the Curriculum” Round Table Discussion
    National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
  • “Teaching Without Leading: Making it Stick with ELLs”
    Colorado-Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference
  • “Inclusivity and Public Discourse in the Composition Classroom”
    Conference on College Composition and Communication
  • “From Politics to Pop Culture: The Ideology of the American Dream”
    Southwest/Texas Popular/ American Culture Association
  • “The Shifting Landscape of the American Dream”
    Southern Colorado Rhetoric Society

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Research and Studies

  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Introduction to Literature
  • American Literature

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Biographical Information

Ms. Horst considers East Lansing, Michigan, to be her hometown, though she has spent ten years living in San Diego, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts degree in Literature from the University of Colorado Denver. Most recently, she worked at the Writing Center at UCD and also taught Composition and Writing courses (both at UCD and the Community College of Denver).

Ms. Horst is excited to work with medical students and faculty at RVU, particularly as the University is growing and expanding. She looks forward to increasing the Writing Center’s presence on campus.

In her spare time, Ms. Horst enjoys such activities as reading, hiking, camping, and sitting and eating s’mores by the fire-pit. She is married, with one daughter and two rescue mutts.

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