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

Nena L. Mason, PhD

Director of Gross Anatomy
Co-Director of Utah Anatomy Fellowship Program
Department of Structural Medicine

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Ultrasound
Department of Structural Medicine

Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

nmason@rvu.edu • (435) 222-1261
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-271


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


Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Physiology and Developmental Biology
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, UT
    2015
  • Bachelor of Science
    Human Biology
    Brigham Young University – Idaho
    Rexburg, ID
    2012

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – Present: Director of Gross Anatomy
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2017 – Present: Assistant Professor of Physiology, Anatomy, and Ultrasound
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2017 – Present: Anatomy Fellowship Co-Director
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2017: Anatomy Laboratory Director
    California Northstate University College of Medicine
  • 2015: Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology
    California Northstate University College of Medicine
  • 2014: Instructor of Gross Anatomy
    University of Utah School of Medicine
  • 2012 – 2014: Instructor of Advanced Physiology Laboratory
    Brigham Young University

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Ultrasound Scholars Program Director (2018 – present)
  • RVUCOM- SU Research Committee (2018 – present)
  • RVUCOM-SU Art Committee (2018 – present)
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists Branding, Promotion & Outreach Committee (2018 – present)
  • Snow Canyon High School Cadaver Tours – Anatomy Director (2018 – present)
  • Rocky Vista Pre-Med Academy – Anatomy Director (2018 – present)
  • RVUCOM Health and Career Exploration Camp – Anatomy Director (2018 – present)
  • Rocky Vista Ultrasound Society, Founder & Faculty Advisor (2017 – present)
  • RVUCOM-SU Student Performance Committee (2017- present)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education
    2016-present
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
    2015-present
  • American Association of Anatomists
    2013-present
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists
    2013-2015

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Independent Learning of the Sonographic FAST Exam Using a Tablet-based Training Module”
    Rocky Vista University Research Appreciation Conference
    2018
  • “Training First-Year Medical Students to Identify Cadaveric Fractures Using Ultrasound”
    Rocky Vista University Research Appreciation Conference
    2018
  • “3D Modeling of Geometric Structure and Tissue Composition of Human Laryngeal Anatomy via High-Resolution MRI Segmentation and Histological Analysis”
    American Association of Anatomists; Experimental Biology
    2016
  • “Use of High-Resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Reconstruct Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Structure in 3D”
    American Association of Anatomists; Experimental Biology
    2015

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Research Interests


  • Independent Learning of the Sonographic FAST Exam Using a Tablet-Based Training Module (Present)
  • Training First-Year Medical Students to Identify Cadaveric Fractures Using Ultrasound (Present)
  • Medical Student Ultrasound-Guided Arthrocentesis of the Cadaveric Knee (Present)
  • Analysis of Prior Educational Experience and Performance in Undergraduate Medical Anatomy (Present)
  • Ophthalmic Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine (Present)

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Biographical Information


Dr. Mason received a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Brigham Young University –Idaho in 2012 and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University in 2015. Her doctoral research involved high-resolution MRI, mapping, and advanced dissection of the human larynx and the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Prior to her appointment at RVU, Dr. Mason served as the Director of the Gross Anatomy Laboratory and an Assistant Professor of Physiology and Anatomy at a new allopathic school of medicine called California Northstate University College of Medicine. While at CNUCOM from 2015-2017 Dr. Mason designed the entire gross anatomy curriculum, delivered physiology lectures that emphasize active learning and drawing, and also taught basic ultrasound to first-year medical students. Dr. Mason’s current research is in the field of medical education and involves the development of different strategies for training medical students in ultrasound skill. She is very passionate about education and loves to spend time outdoors. In her spare time, Dr. Mason enjoys snowboarding, hiking, canyoneering, and traveling.

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