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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Brian Schwartz, PhD, MLIS

Director of Library Sciences; Associate Professor of Medical Humanities

What class do you teach?
Evidence-based medicine and a few guest shots in Primary Care Medicine

Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
I came to RVU at the very beginning because I wanted to be a part of starting something brand new and to be able to participate in the development of the community and culture of the place from the start.

What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM?
I love students who are smart and curious, and we have that in abundance here.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Make good choices.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Remember: smart may get you in the door, but only tenacious will get you out.

What projects and/or research are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future?
I am lucky enough to work with a tremendously talented colleague(s) and we do a lot of medical education research…[we] present and write about evidence-based medicine and medical information literacy.

What was your favorite teaching moment?
I was asked to moderate at a panel of small lectures, followed by a panel discussion on medical care for different populations. The first lecture of the day was by a rehabilitation physician who was talking about medical care for returning veterans, specifically in terms of PTSD and limb loss. He had mentioned to me that he hadn’t titled the presentation until the last minute, so I told him I would just read it from the screen when I introduced him. His presentation was entitled, “Healing Our Nation’s Heroes,” but his title slide had a typo in which the “o” in “Heroes” had been accidentally typed as a “p.” You can imagine my issue.

What are some fun facts about you?
My daughters are fourth-generation Colorado natives. I have had a strangely large number of encounters with celebrities and other famous people. I am an enthusiastic (addicted?), if highly mediocre, golfer.