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

Nicole Michels, PhD

Department Chair
Department of Medical Humanities

Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

nmichels@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2436
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-08


Nicole Michels, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and also serves as Assistant Professor of Physiology in the department of Biomedical Sciences. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Michels recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at National Jewish Health where her research focused on innate immune defense mechanisms against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Her research interests are focused on the role of immune responses in host defense and autoimmunity.