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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Standardized Patient Program

The integration of scientifically-based, outcome-evaluated clinical knowledge and skills, biomedical sciences, and osteopathic principles practices with the behavioral and communications skills required for health care providers can be advanced and evaluated for _sjs0547pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as physicians and other providers in practice. In keeping with the mission and vision of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Standardized Patient (SP) Program provides a safe setting in which students may practice and receive feedback concerning their ability to become competent communicators, as well as knowledgeable, skilled compassionate and ethical, professionals.

The SP Program, additionally, is responsible for the design, development, delivery and assessment of faculty development programs to enhance the continuous improvement of the faculty who teach our students. This duty is in keeping with the mission and vision of the university to provide our students and faculty with the well researched and validated methods of instruction and evaluation, including mentoring and supervision, state of the art instructional technology, and continuous professional advancement. Assessment of all facets of the curriculum, faculty, and students is one duty placed within the domain of the SP Program that will be integral to the accomplishment of its other duties.

The Standardized Patient Program is part of the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery (SIMS). Click here to learn more about SIMS.

Interested in becoming a Standardized Patient? Learn more here.