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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Mark Wardle, DO

Assistant Professor of Primary Care
Department of Primary Care Medicine

Co-Director of Global Medicine Track – Southern Utah
Director of Medical Spanish Elective
Tracks and Special Programs • (435) 222-1287
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-243


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and LicensesService and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Honors and Awards | Biographical Information


  • Fellowship
    Rural Medicine and Faculty Development
    Utah Valley Family Medicine
    Provo, UT
  • Residency
    Chief Resident
    Utah Valley Family Medicine
    Provo, UT
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Vallejo, CA
  • Bachelor of Science
    Zoology (Pre-Med Emphasis)
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, UT

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Professional Experience

  • 2019 – Present: Co-Director of Global Medicine Track
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2019 – Present: Director of Medical Spanish Elective Course
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2013 – Present: Urgent Care
  • 2013 – 2018: Physician/Lab Director
    Intermountain Payson Clinic/Instacare
  • 2013 – 2018: Family Physician
    Intermountain Payson Clinic and Instacare
  • 2009 – 2013: Sole Provider (Rural Family Medicine)
    Intermountain Moroni Clinic
  • 2009 – 2013: Hospitalist (ER/OB/Clinic Responsibilities)
    Sanpete Valley Hospital
  • 2011 – 2012: OB Department Physician  Head
    Sanpete Valley Hospital

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified Health Coach
    National Society of Health Coaches (2018 – Present)
  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
    ABFM (2008 – Present)
  • DO Physican License
    State of Utah (2007 – Present)

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Service and Contributions


  • Preceptor and Lecturer, UVFMR (2009 – present)
  • Preceptor for Medical/PA/NP students (2009 – present)
  • Hospital Representative, Intermountain OB Development Team (2011 – 2012)
  • Volunteer, Humanitarian Activities (2009 – 2018)
  • Rural Medicine Fellowship Creation, UVFMR (2008)
  • LDS Missionary, Southern Chile (1996 – 1998)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Utah Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Utah Medical Association
  • Utah Osteopathic Medical Association

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Honors and Awards

  • Intermountain Live Well Health Hero
  • Eagle Scout Award

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Biographical Information

Dr. Wardle is originally from California. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology (Pre-Med) from Brigham Young University and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After falling in love with the Beehive State, Dr. Wardle returned to Utah with his family and completed a residency at Utah Valley Family Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Rural Medicine and Faculty Development.

For much of his professional career, Dr. Wardle worked for Intermountain Healthcare practicing full-spectrum Family Medicine. He was the head of the OB Department and served on the system-wide OB Development Team, as well as being appointed Medical Staff President-Elect at Sanpete Valley Hospital. After transitioning to Utah County, Dr. Wardle practiced Urgent Care and Outpatient Family Medicine before joining RVU. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Wardle always knew he enjoyed teaching and mentoring students. After a medical mission trip to Honduras where he supervised and mentored several osteopathic medical students, he realized he wanted to teach full-time. “RVUCOM-SU was not only in a perfect location for us,” said Dr. Wardle, “but the vision and values of RVU and their commitment to the students was an undeniable draw to me.”

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