Student Spotlight

Zach Wagner, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Napa, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology / Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Clubs and Activities: SGA, Vice President of Student Welfare (Class of 2019)

Why did you choose RVU? I was excited about RVU’s innovative curriculum and quiet rooms for the babies to watch lectures too. What do you like...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brian Schwartz, PhD, MLIS

Director of Library Sciences; Associate Professor of Medical Humanities

  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: English and Philosophy
  • Graduate Studies: Masters in Library and Information Science; Doctorate in Information Management

What class do you teach? Evidence-based medicine and a few guest shots in Primary Care Medicine Why did you...
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Faculty Profile

Sarah Curtis Lopez, DO

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Course Director, OPP I & II; OPP Pre-doctoral Fellowship Director

What class do you teach?
OPP I-IV, NMM/OMM residents

Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
What drew me to Colorado was to be nearer to our family. What brought me to RVUCOM specifically was the excellent reputation of our OMM Chair extraordinaire, Dr. Heather Ferrill. What keeps me here are my fun and supportive coworkers, the brilliant students, and a common goal of cultivating exceptional physicians of osteopathic medicine.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Take some time every day to just be. Let go of studying and the worry of the next exam for some moments every day. Meditate, go for a walk or run, play with your kids or your friends, savor a delicious meal, practice yoga, journal, draw or paint. These moments of reconnecting with yourself will preserve your health.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
I wanted to pursue a career in medicine to not only “help people,” but to be the one that had all the answers for a patient. I wanted to be the one to say that if X is the problem, then Y would always be the answer. I quickly learned and was humbled to find out that I will never have all the answers. Instead, I am able to serve as a guide for my patients with a goal to inspire them to rediscover health within themselves. Sometimes being the expert means saying, “I don’t know but let’s find out together.”

What is your favorite memory of your own time in medical school?
As extraordinarily tough as medical school was, I have a lot of great memories. I met one of my very best friends in medical school. She and I had many days of studying at my dining room table together. When we weren’t studying, we were laughing, exploring art museums, practicing yoga, and drinking Turkish coffee. With each other’s support, together we transformed into physicians and remain in each other’s lives to this day.

What do you do in your spare time?
My spare time is filled with playing and enjoying my two young daughters who light up my life.