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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Joel Roberts, MD

Instructor of Physiology

What do you do in your spare time?
I play racquetball, make pizzas, and watch football.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Your meaning and value as a person comes from more than just your grades.

What projects and/or research are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future?
I research and support students researching educational techniques and simulation using observation and survey tools.

Outside of RVU, do you participate in any other organization?
I have a membership at my city gym and I am a member at the Denver United Church. I believe developing the mind, body, and spirit are all necessary for a healthy life.

Fun facts about you: 
I taught 5th and 6th grade Outdoor Education for two years between college and medical school.