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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RVUCOM-SU Announces Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mark Briesacher

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) is pleased to announce that Mark Briesacher, MD, will be providing the keynote address at the University’s 2019 White Coat Ceremony.

During his time as Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Briesacher has advanced the organization’s long-standing efforts to be a leader in care that is centered on patient safety, quality, extraordinary experiences, great access and affordability. He is currently a member of the SelectHealth Board of Trustees, the Intermountain Medical Group Board, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board, and the Board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area.

In earlier roles, Dr. Briesacher led the implementation of KidsCare, served as a Region Medical Director, and then as Senior Administrative Medical Director for the Intermountain Medical Group. He also led innovative initiatives as iCentra, the organization’s clinical and business information system, and Model Healthcare System, which is the digitally-powered, transformational patient experience that Intermountain Healthcare is building.

“As a primary care pediatrician, Dr. Briesacher has made tremendous contributions to the health and well-being of countless patients and their families,” said David Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP, Vice President and Dean of the Southern Utah campus. “He has a great understanding of what needs to be done and always does the right thing.”

The White Coat Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 21st at 8:30 am at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah. There will be 133 students matriculating into the medical school this year; the students hail from 19 states, with 43% of the Class coming from Utah.