Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Student Spotlight

Colleen Maher, OMS III

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I knew when I was applying to medical school that I wanted to go to an osteopathic program. RVU has an excellent curriculum and reputation. Another added benefit for me is that the school is just down the road from my family and where I grew up.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The community. Medical school is a daunting task and everyone struggles at some point during the process whether they admit it or not. The folks I have met RVU are second to none. Everyone from my peers, to the faculty, to the administrative personnel, and to security, really and truly want to see our students succeed. The support system we have here at RVU is unparalleled and I feel so grateful to be a part of this community.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
I’m a Colorado native, born and raised. Colorado is my home and I am more than a little partial to this wonderful state. In typical Colorado fashion, I appreciate all that the mountains have to offer from skiing and snowshoeing during the snowy months to 14ers and camping when things get a bit warmer. One of my favorite parts about Colorado is that you don’t have to go far to get away and find yourself an adventure.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Take a deep breath and keep the big picture in mind. Medical school is hard and first-year can be particularly challenging, but believe in yourself. You have put in a tremendous amount of work to get to where you are today and you have the ability to get through this year as well. If you find yourself struggling, reach out to someone you feel comfortable with. RVU has an incredible community and you won’t have to search long to find someone willing and able to help.

Why did you opt for osteopathic medicine?

I have always been interested in primary care and preventative medicine. I am a firm believer that health is about more than the absence of disease. Humans are multifaceted creatures and subsequently caring for these folks must entail more than just treating symptoms. Osteopathic medicine gives you a lens through which you can approach your patients and emphasizes treatment of the whole person. In a time where medicine has become more specialized than ever, I feel that osteopathic medicine gives you an advantage in connecting with your patients on a fundamental level to partner with them and achieve their most fulfilled life – however they may define this.

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