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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Jenifer A. Fisher, MLIS

Reference Librarian
Department of Library Services

Instructor of Medical Humanities
Department of Medical Humanities

Co-Director of Urban Underserved Track
Tracks and Special Programs • (720) 875-2881
RVUCOM-CO Campus • L-103

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




  • Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
    Health Science Libraries, Special Collections
    University of Denver
    Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Arts
    History, Anthropology
    Metropolitan State College of Denver
    Denver, CO

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Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present: Instructor, Medical Humanities Department
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – Present: Research Librarian
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2016: Library Assistant
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Circulation Clerk
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2014 – 2015: Library Intern
    Tucker Medical Library at National Jewish Health
  • 2014 – 2015: Cataloger
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • 2013 – 2014: Exhibit Facilitator
    Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • 2012 – 2014: Executive Assistant
    Open Air Brands, LLC

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) – Provisional Member

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Service and Contributions

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Course Developer and Director, History of Medicine course (2016 – present)
  • Guest Lecturer, MSBS Program (2016 – present)
  • Research and Scholarly Activities Committee (2016 – present)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Association for the History of Medicine (2016 – Present)
  • History of Science Society (2016 – Present)
  • Medical Library Association (2016 – Present)
  • Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (2015 – Present)
  • Phi Alpha Theta National Honors Society, Metropolitan State University of Denver (2010 – Present)
  • Secretary, Queer Straight Student Alliance, University of Denver Morgridge College of Education (2015)
  • Treasurer, Society of American Archivists DU Student Chapter, University of Denver (2014 – 2015)

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Honors and Awards

  • Dean Scholarship
    University of Denver
  • Tech It Out College Student Scholarship
    Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain
  • JCN Native American Scholarship
    Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Publications and Presentations




  • “Triangulating EPAs, Learning Objectives, and Rubrics”
    American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Annual Conference
  • “Feeling Super: The Misinterpretation of Mental Health in Pop Culture”
    Denver Comic Con

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Research and Studies

  • American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney Grant. “Graphic Novels & the Humanity of Mental Illness: An Annotated Bibliography.” (2017-2018, $4,600).

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Biographical Information

Ms. Fisher is a Colorado native who has lived all across the Centennial State. She obtained a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver in 2015. Before that Ms. Fisher did her undergraduate work at Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2011, majoring in History with a minor in Anthropology. Currently she is the Research Librarian at Rocky Vista University, as well as an instructor in the Medical Humanities department. Her current research focuses on bioethics, medical paternalism and their implementation within the historical context of medicine. She is an avid history buff, science geek and self-proclaimed comic book nerd. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and is owned by three cats and a blind pug.