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

Elizabeth George, PhD

Assistant Professor of Structural Medicine
Department of Structural Medicine

Co-Director of History of Medicine Elective
Tracks and Special Programs

egeorge@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2474
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FA-09


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Integrative Anatomy
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO
    2016
  • Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude)
    Anthropology
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA
    2011

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – present: Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Stony Brook University
  • 2012 – 2014: Teaching Assistant of Medical Gross Anatomy
    University of Missouri
  • 2011 – 2016: Research Assistant, Integrative Anatomy
    University of Missouri
  • 2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, Coastal Archaeology Lab and Digital Imaging Lab
    Louisiana State University

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Certifications and Licenses


  • Teaching Academy (2015)
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Chaparral High School Pre-Med Anatomy Program, RVUCOM (2017)
  • Marshall High School Anatomy Outreach (2015)
  • Waynesville Nursing School Anatomy Outreach (2014)
  • Mizzou Health: Heart Anatomy (2012, 2014)
  • Mizzou Young Medics Camp (2014)
  • Mizzou Grad School Adventures in Education Outreach Event (2014)
  • Paris High School Anatomy Outreach (2013)
  • Mizzou Science Safari Elementary Outreach Event (2013)
  • Mizzou Adventures in Education Outreach Event (2013)
  • Caleb’s Kids High School Outreach Program (2012)
  • Mizzou Pre-Med Society Upper Limb and Thorax Anatomy (2012)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Association of Anatomists
    2014-present
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2010-present

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Honors and Awards


  • Travel Scholarship
    Graduate Professional Council
    2015
  • Travel Scholarship
    John D. Bies International, MU Graduate School
    2014
  • 1st Place – Genetics, Evolution and Environment
    MU Life Sciences Week
    2014
  • Travel Scholarship
    Graduate Professional Council
    2014
  • Life Sciences Fellowship
    University of Missouri
    2011
  • Honorable Mention
    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    2011

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Dimorphism in the size and shape of anthropoid pelves”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2017
  • “The ontogeny of dimorphism: Age, parity, and pelvic form in Macaca mulatta”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2016
  • “The relationship between cephalopelvic proportions and sexual dimorphism in the birth canal and non-obstetric pelvis in anthropoids”
    American Association of Anatomists
    2015
  • “The relationship between cephalopelvic proportions and sexual dimorphism in the birth canal and non-obstetric pelvis in anthropoids”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2015
  • “Pelvic inlet shape and sex determination from a fragmentary fossil pelvis”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2014
  • “Pelvic inlet shape and sex determination from a fragmentary fossil pelvis”
    MU Life Sciences Week
    2014
  • “Sexual dimorphism of the sacrum in catarrhine primates:  influences of obstetrics and body size dimorphism”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2013
  • “A novel method for measuring the infant anterior fontanelle using 3D CT imaging”
    American Association of Physical Anthropologists
    2012

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Research and Studies


Grants:

  • Research Grant, $6,100, Louis B. Leakey Foundation (2015)
  • Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, $13,545, Wenner-Gren Foundation (2014)

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Biographical Information


Elizabeth Moffett, PhD, is a native of South Louisiana. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Louisiana State University in 2011. She then completed her doctorate in 2016 at the University of Missouri, where she taught anatomy to medical students, occupational therapy students, and undergraduates. As a graduate student, she also conducted paleontological field work in Kanapoi, Kenya and collected data at numerous natural history museums in the US and abroad. Prior to arriving at Rocky Vista University, Dr. Moffett served as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University from 2015-2016, during which time she was a lecturer and lab instructor for their undergraduate human anatomy course.

Dr. Moffett came to Rocky Vista University in 2017, and she currently lectures in Gross Anatomy and Histology for the College of Medicine and MSBS program. In addition to teaching human anatomy and histology at various institutions, Dr. Moffett has conducted and published research on human evolution and paleontology, primate evolution, and comparative primate anatomy.

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