Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology and Chemistry; Graduate Studies in Public Health
  • Clubs and Activities: ACOFP, Global Medicine Track Program, Colorado Medical Society, Integrative Medicine Club, Medical Ethics Club, RVU Medical Spanish classes, Anatomy and OPP Tutor, Anatomy Lab Assistant

Why did you choose RVU? I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during...
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Faculty Spotlight

Heather Ferrill, DO, MS

Chair and Associate Professor of OPP

  • Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Advertising (Michigan State University, 1989)
  • Graduate Studies: DO degree from MSUCOM (2000); FP/NMM residency at University of New England COM (2004); MS in Medical Education and Leadership at UNECOM (2010)

What class do you teach? OPP Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? RVUCOM is an amazing collaborative community...
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Student Spotlight

Bobby Nieland

Class of 2018

Why did you choose RVU?
I chose RVUCOM because I wanted to be in a place where I could truly see myself being happy during the trials and challenges of medical school. After interviewing at RVU, I knew this was where I wanted to be and I canceled my remaining interviews at other schools.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I like that RVU is a stand-alone school instead of being part of a larger university. The faculty truly seem to care about and commit their full time and energy to our medical education instead of other obligations they might have if they were part of a larger system.

What are your medical interests?
Some mixture of primary care, family medicine, OB/GYN, and global medicine.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
I think your ability to heal yourself and your resulting state of well-being monumentally affects your capacity to help others heal. Learn to do this before coming to medical school, even if that means taking extra time off.

 

What do you do in your spare time?
Blues and swing dancing, hiking, swimming, gymnastics, and camping.

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