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

Mike Jorgensen, PhD

Director of Gross Anatomy
Director of Predoctoral Anatomy Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Structural Medicine

Department of Structural Medicine

mjorgensen@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2453
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FA-07


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


 

Education


  • Lecturer of Anatomy
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
    Columbia, MO
    2013-2016
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Biology
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH
    2006-2013
  • Master of Science
    Biology
    John Carroll University
    University Heights, OH
    2006
  • Bachelor of Science
    Biology
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
    1998

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Professional Experience


  • 2019 – Present: Director of Gross Anatomy
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – Present: Director of Predoctoral Anatomy Fellowship Program
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2016 – Present: Assistant Professor of Structural Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2013 – 2016: Lecturer of Anatomy
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • 2010 – 2013: PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Ohio University

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Service and Contributions


Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Research and Scholarly Activity Committee, RVUCOM (2016-present)

Miscellaneous

  • CALEB Science Club, Anatomy Lectures and Lab (2014-present)
  • Gross Anatomy Laboratory Tours for High School Groups (2013-present)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Association of Anatomists
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

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Honors and Awards


  • Student Enhancement Award
    Ohio University
    2011
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Biology
    Ohio University
    2011
  • Fellowship
    Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies
    2010
  • Sigma Xi
    2010

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

Presentations

  • “Evolution of anuran axial and pelvic musculoskeletal traits associated with locomotor modes”
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
    2013

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Research and Studies


  • Enzyme histochemical analysis of muscle fiber type distribution in back and pelvic muscles of frogs with different locomotor modes. (2011-2013)
  • Whole body kinematic analysis of jumping and landing in Cane Toads using external landmarks and infrared high-speed motion capture. (2011-2012)
  • Shape analysis of Anaxyrus americanus larvae investigating the effects of temperature on chondocranial shape using ontogenetic growth trajectories of tadpoles. Masters program John Carroll University. (2005-2006)
  • Geometric morphometric analysis of the ontogeny of shape in the chondocranium and skull of on Red-eared Slider embryos. Masters program John Carroll University. (2005)

 

Grants Received:

  • Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-in-Aid for Herpetology Research; California Academy of Sciences; $1,150; 2009.
  • Charles Stearns Memorial Grant-in-Aid for Herpetology Research; California Academy of Sciences; $1,250; 2005.

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Biographical Information


Dr. Jorgensen is from Olathe, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at University of Kansas, where he studied amphibian anatomy. He then took a year off to study the reproductive behavior of glass frogs in Central America. Then he moved to Cleveland, where he completed a Master of Science degree in Biology (studying the effects of temperature on cartilage development in frog skulls) at John Carroll University. He continued his work, studying the evolutionary morphology of frog locomotion, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology from Ohio University.

During this time, Dr. Jorgensen was introduced to graduate medical education as a teaching assistant (for which he earned an Outstanding Graduate Teaching award) in the gross anatomy lab. Upon graduating, he worked at University of Missouri School of Medicine, where he was a gross anatomy instructor for first-year medical students and course director for the Human Anatomy and Summer Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy courses.

The choice to work at RVU was an easy one for Dr. Jorgensen as it combines two of his favorite things: teaching anatomy and enjoying the beauty of the Colorado wilderness: “I am so excited to work with students, faculty, and staff at RVU. It is such a privilege to be able to do what I love in a place that I love!”

Dr. Jorgensen enjoys hiking through the Colorado wilderness and tromping through streams in search of slimy creepy-crawlies. He has a cat and looks forward to adopting another in the near future.

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