Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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MSBS Testimonials

Amy Drabant, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“The MSBS program has more than prepared me for the demands of the COM. Although the program was challenging, choosing RVU was one of the best decisions of my life. The faculty at RVU truly care about your education and the student body is very supportive, which makes for an amazing community. The MSBS program has allowed me to make professional strides, gain confidence in my ability to succeed, and make friends that will last a lifetime.”

Daniel Hansen, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“The MSBS program not only provided me with the information needed to continue my medical education but taught me how to learn, adjust and succeed within medical school. The MSBS program has given me a solid foundation in which I can continue to build on within the COM.”

Michelle Militello, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“Although the 9 months in the MSBS program were quite challenging, both physically and mentally, I can’t emphasize enough how much it has helped me during my first year of medical school. Additionally, the small class size enabled me to form invaluable connections with each of the professors, who teach in both the MSBS program and the COM. Overall, doing the MSBS program was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

Toni Nicastro, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

Rocky Vista’s MSBS program helped me develop great study, communication and leadership skills that prepared me not only for first year of medical school, but for the rest of my life as a physician. I am so thankful for the program and the faculty at RVU that challenged and supported me throughout the rigorous 9-month program and made me realize what I am truly capable of. I would not be where I am today without the MSBS program.”

Kyle Pierce, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“The MSBS program gave me so much more than I could have ever asked for. It afforded me time to sort out study habits, testing and time management skills. The program provided a time and place for me to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and become a better person through them. I knew that someday I would make it into a COM however this program took me from being able to survive in medical school to being able to thrive.”

Mukanya Tchombela, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“When I look back at my undergraduate experience, I feel like the MSBS program here at RVU has done a great job in preparing me to be successful in medical school. This program has filled a knowledge gap that I had after finishing my undergrad. In addition to gaining knowledge, I have learned to be a responsible and disciplined student. I now prioritize things and focus on the most important ones. My experience in MSBS program not only has shaped my life and made me an active member of the society due to several team projects and services in the community but has also given me a step ahead here in medical school. As a physician in training and a future doctor, I will continue to be grateful for the decision I made to attend the RVU MSBS program before entering medical school.”

Onilia Zorio, Class of 2022, RVUCOM-CO

“The MSBS program prepared me for the COM in ways that I could not have even anticipated. The program gave me a strong foundation of knowledge, but more than anything, it taught me how to problem solve and think about information in a clinical and applied manner. My time in the program allowed me to not only be surviving medical school but to be thriving!”

Stella Chan, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-SU

“The MSBS program was mentally grueling, but it was what I needed: the curriculum challenged and pushed me to expand my learning capabilities and helped me grow professionally and personally. It confirmed my desire to be in the medical profession and helped me realize that I could survive medical school.”

Hannah Douglas, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“Going into the [MSBS] program, I wasn’t sure how much it would prepare me for my first year of medical school. To the current MSBS students, I can’t emphasize enough how directly the knowledge they are gaining this year will prepare them for their first year in medical school.”

Kristen Lipe, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“The [MSBS] program helped polish my study skills which has not only helped prepare me for the rigors of medical school, but has also helped me to be very malleable when it comes to adapting my study skills in order to be successful in each course.”

Jessica Montalban, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“All the knowledge I gained in the MSBS program helped for a smooth transition into the COM. With every system that we study, I feel that I have more background knowledge and understanding to build on than a lot of my classmates.”

Diego Puentes, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“The faculty and staff were outstanding and so supportive throughout the challenging curriculum. It was the best decision I could have made to prepare for medical school.”

Mary Savarese, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“The lectures combined with all the course work, group projects, and block exams were pivotal in my preparation and success in the COM. The program also showed me that I could be successful at such a high level of education which calmed my fears about the difficulty of medical school.”

Brittany Stansbury, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“I am so thankful for the way the MSBS program at RVU was able to eliminate some of the guesswork and major adjusting that typically occur in your first year of medical school. The program parallels the [COM], both in structure and overall academic content. I believe these parallels have truly helped me become more successful throughout my first year at RVUCOM.”

Quinton Sturdivant, Class of 2021, RVUCOM-CO

“The MSBS program was a great way to gain more in-depth knowledge about the human body and to provide me with a phenomenal foundation to start medical school. I use this foundation almost every day in my first year. I can say with 100% confidence that I would not have been prepared for a medical school environment without the MSBS program.”