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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HealthONE’s Family Medicine Residency Receives Top Score Among Programs Nationwide

HealthONE’s Family Medicine Residency Program received the highest scores on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) annual survey. The survey – completed each year by residents and fellows – is part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Healthcare’s evaluation of its twenty-four family residency programs nationwide. The residency program is one of several collaborations between Rocky Vista University’s (RVU) Center for Medical Education Excellence (CMEE) and HealthONE.

Every year from January through April, the HCA’s family medicine residencies are surveyed by the ACGME to ensure compliance with guidelines for clinical experience and education, faculty evaluation, educational content, work environment, patient safety, and teamwork. Reports are generated that aggregate the survey data to provide an anonymous comparison.

“It is a great honor for our program to have the highest scores amongst all of the HCA Healthcare family medicine residencies,” said Dominick Ruybal, DO, a resident at HealthONE. “It is a testament to the countless hours of hard work that our faculty and residents have put in to make this a top residency program in the country. I know that this recognition is going to be the first of many that our program will receive as we continue to move forward and continue to strive for excellence.”

The program, located at HealthONE/Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, is focused on developing weekly evidence-based didactic sessions on medical topics, procedural and practice skills, journal clubs, and physician wellness. Each resident has a mentor to support their progress and assist in scholarly activity, and faculty are trained and certified in musculoskeletal and obstetrical ultrasound. Additional tracks, such as sports medicine and hospitalist, help tailor the residency experience to each graduate’s interests.

“We are delighted to have the highest score and will continue to work to improve our program in every way possible,” said Kathryn Vidlock, MD, Program Director of Family Medicine Residency Program. “We are extremely thankful to have support from both RVU and HCA.”

CMEE is dedicated to providing academic support and oversight to the HealthONE Family Medicine Residency program and ensure the highest quality of training for residents, many of whom are graduates from RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.