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

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

What class do you teach?
Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses in the MSBS program, but is incorporated into the systems course in the COM.

Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
A friend was working here and told me it was a wonderful place.

What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM?
Tough question. There are two things I love: 1) Our students…they are awesome!; 2) The administration’s support of faculty independence and innovation.

What projects and/or research are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future?
As Chair of the Research and Scholarly Activity Committee, I find it rewarding to support the research efforts of RVU’s faculty and students. Our committee coordinates RVU’s annual Research Appreciation Day and administers the Travel Grant and Intramural Research Grant programs.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Work hard and stay focused…but also make time for relaxation and rejuvenation.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to enjoy the outdoors with my friends and family. We ski in the winter. In the summer, we go camping, hiking, and mountain biking.