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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Rocky Vista University Announces Commencement Speaker, Dr. Scott Ellner

RVU is pleased to announce that Scott Ellner, DO, will be providing the keynote address at the University’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

                   Scott Ellner, DO

A board-certified physician specializing in general surgery, Dr. Ellner serves as Group President for Physician Alignment at Centura Health where he provides leadership to Centura Health Physician Group, Colorado Health Neighborhoods, and FullWell. He is also an educator and public health leader, having authored 20-plus publications and 200-plus speaking engagements. Previously, he served as CEO of Centura Health Physician Group, providing whole-person care at the multi-specialty group.

Dr. Ellner is committed to ensuring a collaborative environment between physicians, patients and hospitals to achieve optimal patient care outcomes. He is responsible for multiple patient safety initiatives, as well as guiding Saint Francis Medical Group (a 400-povider multi-specialty practice in Connecticut) to be adaptable in the face of a changing reimbursement and regulatory environment.

“When we select commencement speakers we are focused on role models who exemplify RVU’s Mission and Core Values,” said Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, RVU President and CEO. “Scott is an osteopathic physician who has used his education to serve others with excellence, integrity and compassion. We are privileged to share this very important moment in time with our phenomenal RVU graduates.”

The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 5 pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver. Doors will open an hour in advance. RVU will award degrees to 151 graduates from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and 24 graduates from the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

The commissioning officer for military graduates will be Major General Ronald J. Place, MD, Director of the National Capital Region Medical Directorate and Transitional Intermediate Management Organization within the Defense Health Agency. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. MG Place’s exemplary service in the U.S. Army has led to numerous awards for clinical excellence including the Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Combat Medic Badge.