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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David J. Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP

Campus Dean
Office of the Dean – Southern Utah

Vice President
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Director of Academic Medicine and Leadership Track
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Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Biographical Information



  • Residency – Family Medicine
    Mt. Sinai School of Medicine / Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Family Practice Residency
    New York, NY
    1998 – 2001
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Old Westbury, NY
    1994 – 1998
  • Bachelor of Sciences
    Stony Brook University, New York
    Stony Brook, NY
    1989 – 1993

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Professional Experience

  • 2018 – Present: Vice President and Dean of Southern Utah Campus
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2018: Medical Director
    Southern Utah Veterans Home – Avalon Healthcare
  • 2015 – 2018: Vice Dean and Southern Utah Campus Dean
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2009 – Present: Emergency Physician
    EMCARE/Desert View, Mesa View, Boulder City Hospitals
  • 2013 – 2015: Regional Academic Officer
    OPTI West Medical Education Consortium
  • 2013: Chief Academic Officer
    Touro University Medical Education Consortium
  • 2006 – 2015: Program Director (Founding)
    Valley Hospital Medical Center Family Medicine Residency
  • 2014 – 2015: Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education
    Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2005 – 2014: Chair, Department of Primary Care
    Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2006 – 2008: Physician Provider
    Southwest Medical Associates, Department of Urgent Care
  • 2002 – 2005: Private Practice
    TJH Medical Services, PC
  • 2001 – 2005: Family Practice Faculty Attending
    Mt. Sinai Family Practice Residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
  • 2000 – 2004: Occupational Med Physician (per diem)
    Mt. Sinai Medical Center Occupational Medicine Clinic
  • 1999 – 2001: ER Physician
    Jamaica Hospital Emergency Department

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Certifications and Licenses

  • DO Physician License (Present)
    State of Utah
    State of Nevada
    State of New York

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Service and Contributions

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

  • Member, Board of Governors (2014 – present)
  • Member, Convention and Site Committee (2011 – 2014)
  • Member, Program Committee, (2008 – 2014)
  • Member, Scholarship & Student Loan Committee (2007 – 2014)
  • Member, Osteopathic Family Medicine Educators Committee (2007 – 2009)
  • Nevada Delegate at the Congress of Delegates (2006 – 2015)
  • Faculty Advisor for TUNCOM Student Chapter (2006 – 2015)
  • AOA/ACOFP Convention Chair (2013)
  • ACOFP Convention Program Co-Chair (2009 – 2010)


  • Utah Delegate for the AOA House of Delegates (2015, 2016)
  • Delegate to China, International Primary Care Education Alliance (2013, 2017)
  • Nevada Delegate for AOA House of Delegates (2009, 2013, 2014)
  • Guatemala Medical Mission, DOCARE International (2012)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians (2008)
  • Diplomat, American Board of Family Physicians (2001, 2010)
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (1999)
  • Board of Trustees (ex officio), Utah Osteopathic Medical Association (2015 – present)
  • Board of Trustees, Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association (2008 – 2011)
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians – Nevada Chapter
    • Past President (2014 – 2015)
    • President (2012 – 2014)
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    • Fellow (2010)
    • Board of Governors (2014 – Present)
    • Diplomat (2002, 2010)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (2010 – Present)

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Honors and Awards

  • Health Policy Fellowship
    American Osteopathic Association
    2012 – 2013
  • Las Vegas Top Doctors
    Las Vegas Life Magazine
    2012, 2013, 2014


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Biographical Information

Dr. Park, DO, is an AOBFP/ABFM dual board certified osteopathic family physician and a graduate of the NYCOM class of 1998. He completed his postgraduate training in New York at the dually accredited Mt. Sinai Family Practice Residency Program at Jamaica Hospital. Upon completion of the residency, Dr. Park was recruited as residency faculty and has since pursued academic medicine as a career. Dr. Park has held many leadership roles including medical school department chair of primary care, family medicine residency program director, and currently a Vice Dean of RVUCOM working on the development of the prospective Southern Utah campus. Dr. Park also enjoys working as an emergency department physician at Mesa View Hospital on weekends.

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