Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Alexis Horst, MA

Writing Center Coordinator
Instructor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities • (720) 875-2811
RVUCOM-CO Campus • L-106

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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