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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Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery

20150804_1stSurgeryRotation_RVU (38)Celebrating ten years in existence, RVU’s simulation program was expanded and renamed the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery (SIMS) in 2019. Over 16,000 square feet of space in Colorado and over 10,000 square feet in Utah is dedicated to hands-on education to all members of the healthcare team, to learners at many stages of their careers. Medical and Physician Assistant students gain experience in ultrasonography, vascular access, sterile surgical technique, perioperative care and simulated hospital rounds. EMS and Paramedic students practice resuscitation techniques, intubation and cricothyrotomy. General Surgery Residents hone their skills at trauma laparotomies, while Family Medicine Residents improve their gynecologic procedural and wound care capabilities. Practicing physicians can refine Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery techniques. Simulation events are being added to the curricula of all programs at RVU at both campuses and included in Special Track Programs, Student Clubs and Organizations and Community Outreach Events. 

 

Accreditation

RVU’s Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery has the distinction of being recognized as a Comprehensive Accredited Education Institute (AEI) by the American College of Surgeons. It is the first osteopathic medical school to receive this prestigious accreditation. Rigorous reporting metrics are involved in the Annual Compliance Report and Accreditation cycles, overseen by the SIMS Advisory Board.  

 

Technology

Acquiring and incorporating various levels of technology every year, RVU faculty often teaches surgical technique using a human-worn, partial task surgical simulator known as a Cut Suit™”. RVU was the first medical school in the country to employ this technology. The Cut Suit is a lifelike, wearable bodysuit that contains battery-operated, blood-filled vessels and organs, producing the accurate look and feel of actual intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic contents. Learners gain realistic surgical experience and confidence. The Cut Suit™ is also used in simulated disaster scenarios and Mass Casualty Incidents, including at an Intensive Surgical Skills Course attended by First Responders and military students and personnel. Virtual Reality surgical trainers are utilized for Fundamentals of Laparoscopy (FLS) and Fundamentals of Robotic Surgery (FRS) courses. Numerous interactive electronic mannikins are programmed for Internal Medicine, Obstetric, Pediatric and neonatal case scenarios and simulation competitions. Cadaveric simulations improve training in numerous disciplines. Increasingly, RVU’s 3D printer is utilized for production of anatomical body part facsimiles. 

Standardized Patient Program

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Specially trained actors, Standardized Patient Educators, accurately portray the role of a patient with a specific medical condition. They provide students with direct human interaction in a safe learning environment. Performing a competent physical exam, taking a thorough medical history, and building a rapport with patients are fundamental clinical skills that all graduates should possess. RVU’s Standardized Patient Program’s primary objective is to ensure that all graduates possess these essential skills. Feedback is given by faculty, staff, as well as the standardized Patient Educators, and is valued by students in their health care education.  

Learn more about the Standardized Patient Program

 

Research

Simulation research is robust at RVU. Researchers at the Office of SIMS present abstracts, posters and papers in many conferences and conventions nationally and internationally. Interested students can participate in the Sim Scholar program, providing additional simulation mentoring. Numerous students participate in the annual Simulation Team Competition and can advance to Regional and National events.  

 

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