Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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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.