Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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Faculty Profile

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

What class do you teach?
OPP

Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community of innovative educators and inspired students that I wanted to be a part of.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
You are entering the osteopathic medical profession. Osteopathic Medicine is the lens through which we view medical care, [it’s] not just about a treatment modality. I would encourage and challenge all students to see how the osteopathic tenets affect all aspects of medical care, not just how we can fit OMT into it.

Outside of RVU, do you participate in any other organization? Which ones and why?
I am on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and have been involved with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) for 10 years. I love my profession and I find this is one way I can give back to my profession in a tangible and long-lasting way.

What do you do in your spare time?
I have a wonderful husband and two amazing teenage boys. I love to spend time with them outdoors, especially in the mountains. On my own time, I love practicing yoga and reading.