Student Spotlight

Elise Martin, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Tyler, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Texas - Austin. Additional degrees: Masters of Science degree in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the American Medical Women's Association and the OB/GYN Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Having lived in Texas my entire life, I wanted to go to medical school outside of the state.  RVUCOM-SU...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brooks Beal, DO

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Dublin, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro University Nevada.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach both years of Primary Care Medicine. Why did you choose to teach...
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RVUCOM-SU Welcomes Class of 2023 with White Coat Ceremony

 

L-r: Jenny Nguyen, Birva Patel, and Melody Bedrossian pose for a photo after receiving their white coats.

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Southern Utah (RVUCOM-SU) held its White Coat Ceremony at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah on Saturday, September 21st.

The White Coat Ceremony is a medical school tradition that welcomes new students as they embark on their journey towards practice in the medical field. Keynote speaker Mark Briesacher, MD, spoke to the students about the challenges they will face in healthcare and the importance of always putting their patients first. “Care for them, serve them, [and] listen to them. I know, as a patient myself, I really want to be seen…when I’m receiving care.” As the 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.

The ceremony was emceed by David J. Park, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP, Vice President and Dean for the Southern Utah Campus. Esteemed speakers included Clinton E. Adams, DO, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of RVU; Thomas N. Told, DO, FACOFP dist., Dean of RVUCOM; Ben Wilde, DO, Vice Chair of the Department of Primary Care Medicine; and Chris Hart, Mayor of Ivins.

Upon being coated by faculty members, the students recited the vision statement that they as a class had written. In it, they pledged to “foster a diverse environment that will enrich our ability to become innovators in holistic care. For ourselves, for our families, for our patients, for our communities, for the science, for the art, for the medicine.”

The Class of 2023 is comprised of 133 students from 19 different states (43% are from Utah), with 12% of the class being first-generation college students. These elite students were selected from a competitive applicant pool of 5,168 candidates. The class is made up of 68% males and 32% females with ages ranging from 22 to 47 years old. The mean MCAT score was 506, and the average cumulative GPA for the class was 3.61.