Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Profile

Brandon Thomas, FNP-C

Instructor of Primary Care
Department of Primary Care Medicine

bthomas@rvu.edu • (435) 222-1316
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-244

 

A native to Utah, Brandon grew up in the city of St. George surrounded by the multi-hued canyons of the Southern Utah Region. He received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Dixie State University, followed by a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from Southern Utah University. He completed both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Maryville University.

Brandon worked for ten years as a Registered Nurse (RN) at Dixie Regional Medical Center, receiving training in the ICU department and a certification in Oncology. Additional healthcare experience includes working as a Bed Placement Coordinator and ER Nurse at Sunrise Medical Center, and as an ER Nurse at Mesa View Medical Center. Brandon also managed a rural clinic in Orderville, Utah as the sole provider while working 24 hour weekend shifts as a ER Nurse at Kane County Hospital.

The opportunity to help others, whether through education or caring for individuals directly, continues to inspire Brandon. He is excited to be a part of RVU and the endless opportunities it offers, such as helping “students and staff to be the best educated, best informed, and best qualified individuals possible.”