Student Spotlight

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.
  • Clubs and Activities: President of SAMOPS, event coordinator for ACOEP, and member of ACOP and SAACOFP.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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MSBS Student Spotlight

Toni Nicastro, MSBS Class of 2018

Hometown: Thornton, Colorado

Undergraduate Studies: University of Colorado Denver, B.S in Biology

Are you glad you chose RVU MSBS Program and why?
Yes, without this program I would not have had the opportunities that I have had. I have learned so much about medicine, study strategies and the steps it takes to become a physician. The professors and other staff at RVU have been so supportive and gracious and I cannot thank them enough for all of their help. I wouldn’t have been prepared for medical school without this program.

What do you like most about RVU MSBS Program?
I love the small class size and the small size of the school. Everyone is very close and the professors are always available and willing to help with anything. Being immersed in the medical school and interacting with the students opened my eyes and made me realize what medical school will actually be like and what to expect.

How is the RVU MSBS Program helping you reach your future goals?
MSBS program is helping me reach my goals for going to medical school by teaching me how to take exams more efficiently and study more effectively, which is something I was lacking when I entered into the program. This program has helped me grow as a student and individual along with preparing me to be a successful medical student and healthcare professional.

What are your plans after completing the RVU MSBS Program?
Attending medical school at RVU

What advice do you have for incoming MSBS students?
Prepare to study more than you have ever studied. Time management is very important! The program is intense and time-consuming, but you learn so much and in the end, it is all worth it!

What is your relationship like with the medical students on campus?
My relationship with the medical students on campus is great! Everyone is so friendly and always willing to talk and answer any questions I have about what to expect in medical school. Also, the tutors we have are current medical school students at RVU and always are available to talk outside of class to give advice regarding any questions and concerns that we have about study strategies, medical school, residency, etc.