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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Brooks Beal, DO

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

What class/classes do you teach?
I teach both years of Primary Care Medicine.

Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
I felt that the goals and ambitions that RVUCOM has are in line with my own. RVUCOM has a true commitment to medical education and I wanted to be part of the team.

What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM?
I like the energy that RVUCOM and staff has. It makes coming to work a joy.

What do you appreciate most about Utah and the local area?
There is a lot to do in Southern Utah and so far I’ve just scratched the surface. One of the reasons that we moved back to Utah was because of the proximity to family and the wonderful weather…and Café Rio.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a big family guy. I have four kids and an amazing wife. Anytime spare time I have I try to spend with them. We enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and lots of sports.

What advice do you have for first-year students? 
Medical school is a roller coaster of emotions. Just hop on and enjoy the ride, and know that it ends with you becoming a physician and doing what you love.

What is your favorite memory of your own time in medical school?
I met some lifelong friends during medical school. I have several fond memories of the good and bad times we shared. I also became a semiprofessional ping pong player during my first two years of medical school and I welcome any challengers.