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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Research Day at RVU

Every year, the RVU community celebrates and showcases the innovative research endeavors of students, faculty, and staff. In keeping with Colorado campus’ “Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s” theme, Christina Coughlan, PhD, Senior Faculty Research Instructor for the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, presented research focused on finding biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and screening drugs for their ability to inhibit the development and progression of AD. Isain Zapata, PhD, Assistant Professor in Research and Statistics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at RVU, spoke on his research into the discovery of behavioral traits and their relationship to adaptation and selection. On the Southern Utah campus, participants questioned conventions as their theme and keynote speaker Erick Ridout, MD, with Dixie Regional Medical Center, shared his POKE research, a case model that has been adopted throughout the Intermountain System and promoted to audiences nationwide.

A panel of judges on both campuses selected winners in the oral presentation and poster session categories. The winners for each campus are listed below.

RVUCOM-CO Poster Presentation Winners

1st place – Nicholas Taylor, OMS II, for “Reducing the Uninsured Rate in Adams County, CO”
2nd place – Alexandra Koontz, OMS III, Conner Roggy, OMS III, and Walter Buck, PhD, Professor of Structural Medicine, for “Occurrence of a unilateral right sternhumeral muscular anomaly: a cadaver case report”
3rd place – W. Ryan Suddarth, OMS II, for “Mechanical vs. manual chest compressions in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest”
4th place – Haseeb Rahat, OMS II, for “Poor Sleep Related to Metabolic Disease Severity in Adolescents with PCOS and Obesity”
5th place – Jessica McArthur, OMS II, and Joseph Nathanson, OMS II, for “Underserved Youth Medical School Outreach”

RVUCOM-SU Poster Presentation Winners

1st place – Tyler Cox, OMS I, for “CD5 deficient mice exhibit altered cognitive function in behavioral studies”
2nd place – Blake Christensen, OMS II, for “The Effect of Sleep on Academic Performance in Medical Students”
3rd place – Kalvin Zee, OMS II, Sydney Woods, OMS II, and Telyn Peterson, OMS II, for “A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Chicken Breast as a Suture Skin Model Compared to Synthetic Skin in Pre-Clinical Suture Skill Development”

RVUCOM-CO Oral Presentation Winners

1st place – Rachel Baldwin, OMS III, and Alexandra Koontz, OMS III, for “Breastfeeding Basics: Are our future providers prepared?”
2nd place – Jacob Stuppy, OMS III, for “De novo lipogenesis in hepatics steatosis is increased regardless of polycystic ovary syndrome status”
3rd place – Sarah Pederson, OMS III, et al. for “Utilization of Traditional vs Western Medicine in Global Indigenous populations”
4th place – Jason Christy, OMS II, for “Hypochlorous Acid: a novel corneal recovery preparation to combat fungal keratitis and endophthalmitis”

RVUCOM-SU Oral Presentation Winners

1st place – Bradley McCann, OMS III, for “Harmful Health Effects of Changing the Clocks: A Literature Review of Daylight Saving Time
2nd place – Jessica Carlson, OMS I, for “Measuring nuclear diameter with high-frequency ultrasound: a phantom study”
3rd place – Nathan Balkman, OMS II, for “Ultrasound-Guided Knee Arthrocentesis Training Using Formalin-Embalmed Cadavers” (co-authors: Margaret Leiderbach, OMS II, and Edwin Davis, OMS II)