Student Spotlight

Valerie Martin, OMS I

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Plymouth, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology with a minor in Chemistry (University of Utah)
  • Clubs and Activities:

Why did you choose RVU? I was raised on a farm in a small town where we had limited access to healthcare. RVUCOM places great emphasis...
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Faculty Spotlight

Jacquelyn Waller, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Director of Faculty Development

  • Hometown: Craig, CO
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Pharmacy (University of Montana); Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency (Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital)

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Master of Science in...
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RVUCOM-SU Orientation


Welcome to Rocky Vista University Southern Utah! We have designed an Orientation that is intended to help you get to know more about the RVU-SU campus, meet your classmates, faculty, staff, and hear about the resources available to you as an RVU student.  Please review the Orientation information on this page, and we look forward to seeing you on July 17th!

Tuesday, July 17

8:00 – 8:30 am                Check-in & White Coat Distribution                              Seminar Rooms

8:30 – 9:30 am                Welcome by RVU leaders                                            Auditorium 1

9:30 – 10:30 am              Ice Breaker                                                                   Various Locations

10:30 – 11:00 am            Ready, Set, Go – IT Services (Bring computers)          Auditorium 1

11:00 – 12:00 pm            Curriculum Overview                                                     Auditorium 1

12:00 – 1:30 pm              Meet-n-Greet Lunch with Admin/Faculty                       Student Lounge

1:30 – 3:00 pm                Intro to Gross Anatomy (Bring computers)                   Auditorium 1

3:00 – 3:15 pm                Break                                                                            Auditorium 1

3:15 – 4:30 pm                Vision Statement Exercise                                           Various Locations

4:30 – 6:00 pm                Break

6:00 – 9:00 pm                Student Social – sponsored by SGA                            TBD


Wednesday, July 18

9:00 – 11:30 am               Service Project                                                           Utah Food Bank

11:30 – 12:00 pm             Travel to RVU

12:00 – 1:00 pm                Lunch                                                                        Student Lounge

1:00 – 2:00 pm                  Survival Tools and Resources                                  Auditorium 1

2:00 – 3:00 pm                  Life Skills Seminar                                                    Auditorium 1

3:00 – 4:00 pm                  Vision Statement Completion – 1 person per team  Auditorium 1

3:00 – 4:00 pm                  White Coat Pictures (A-L)/Learning Skills                 Seminar Rooms

3:00 – 3:15               A-C
3:15 – 3:30               D-F
3:30 – 3:45               G-I
3:45 – 4:00              J-L


Thursday, July 19

9:00 – 9:30 am                 White Coat Group Picture (Business Dress & White Coats)          South Parking Lot

9:30 – 11:45 am               Student Information Panels                                                            Various Locations

11:45 – 12:30 pm             Lunch                                                                                              Student Lounge

12:30 – 1:30 pm               Q&A                                                                                                Auditorium 1

1:30 – 1:45 pm                 Vision Statement Reveal                                                                Auditorium 1

1:45 – 2:00 pm                 Break

2:00 – 2:15 pm                 Campus Safety & Security                                                             Auditorium 1

2:15 – 2:45 pm                 Title IX Overview                                                                            Auditorium 1

2:45 – 3:45 pm                 White Coat Pictures (M-Z)/Learning Skills

2:45 – 3:00               M-O
3:00 – 3:15               P-R
3:15 – 3:30               S-U
3:30 – 3:45               V-Z

3:00 – 5:00 pm                  (Optional) Cadaver Preparation                                                    Anatomy Lab

3:45 – 4:30 pm                  Special Session: Orientation for Military Students                        Auditorium 1

4:30 – 6:00 pm                  Break

6:00 – 8:00 pm                  RVU Community Potluck BBQ Social (Families invited)               Sand Hollow Aquatics Center

Why should I attend Orientation?
You will not only receive valuable information, but you will begin networking with your classmates, faculty, staff,and administrators which will be very helpful.

Am I required to attend Orientation?
Yes. Tools and resources will be provided to help you hit the ground running. 

What should I bring to Orientation?
Be prepared to take notes, and a laptop is also periodically needed.  Click here for technical requirements.

What should I wear?
Wear business Casual Dress. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional details. For the Service Project on Wednesday (7/18), casual attire is appropriate and must wear close-toed shoes.

What time should I arrive?
Check-in starts at 8:00 am on the first day. Orientation begins promptly at 8:30 am

Can other family members attend?
No. Families are invited to the RVU Community Social at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center on Thursday (7/19) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Will there be time to get to know the other students?
In addition to the break-out sessions, you will also be attending a Student Government sponsored evening social on Monday (7/17) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  

Why isn’t the White Coat ceremony during Orientation?
Due to the hot temperatures in Southern Utah in July, the White Coat ceremony is taking place on September 22nd when the weather is more accommodating.  

When will I receive my White Coat?
You will receive your White Coat as you check in for Orientation.

When will I get my ID badge?
ID badges will be distributed on the first day of class, July 23rd.

Are there any activities for my family members?
Yes.  We are inviting all family members, including the Class of 2021, to the RVU Community Potluck Social on  Thursday evening, July 19th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each student should bring a side dish or dessert.   

When will I meet my Peer Mentor?
All of the peer mentors are encouraged to attend Orientation.  If your mentor is unable to attend, then they will contact you for an in-person meeting during the first week of classes.

Do I need to take any pre-assessments before Orientation?
Yes.  You are required to take the LASSI (Learning & Study Strategies Inventory), VARK Questionnaire, Study Skills Inventory, and Learning Style Inventory.  These assessments will help you better understand yourself and how you study, and will aid your advisor in providing you with useful feedback, especially if you have any academic difficulties.

What should I know before I start classes?
In addition to the information shared by Dr. Mason regarding the MSK course, you should review all of the pre-orientation information available on this website.  You will also have the opportunity to ask our 2nd year students questions during a Q&A, and should reach out to your assigned Peer Mentor for any questions you may have.   Also Google “What should I know before starting medical school.”

Where should I park?
Parking lot north of the COM (closest to the Red Mountain), between the COM and Veterans Center.

Will food be provided?
Yes. Lunch will be provided each day. 

Dr. David Park

Dr. Brad Thornock

Dr. Andrew Nigh

Dr. David Crimin

Dr. Matthew Linton

Dr. Michael Wells

Dr. Jan Pryor

Dr. Nena Mason

Dr. Judy Caldwell

Dr. Ben Wilde