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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Student Spotlight

Cristina Cosner, OMS IV

Class of 2018

Why did you choose RVU?
My considerations in choosing a school were location, board scores, recorded lectures, frequency of exams, curriculum, and excellence of elementary schools ([I have] 8-and 10-year-old girls.)

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The atmosphere at RVU was my tiebreaker in choosing between schools.

What is your favorite class currently and why?
The next one. The more I learn, the less I feel I know so I go into each class with a ton of enthusiasm, come out with more knowledge than I can imagine, and leave feeling that I still have much more to learn.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in medicine?
I joined the Army in my senior year in high school and served as a medic, where I had the chance to work with many outstanding healthcare workers. I loved everything about my positions, which included riding on an ambulance as an EMT-B, assisting in deliveries and circumcisions, postpartum care, and managing a specialty clinic to name just a few. It was at my final duty station in Fort Campbell, KY where I was privileged to work with physicians who indulged my inquisitive nature and molded me into the student doctor I am today. I would not be here without those physicians support and my husband’s (who was also a medic will be an ER doc once I’m done with school) support.

What are your medical interests?
Emergency care or critical care. I have enjoyed everything so far and will have a difficult time making my decision before residency. I’m hoping for that a-ha moment with a bright shining light to point it out for me.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
The amount of sun and the beautiful mountain views.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
I have an HPSP scholarship with the Air Force and will be providing medical care to our country’s finest men and women from all branches.

What do you do in your spare time?
I spend time with my two children and husband who keep me grounded. We are huge fans of anything Marvel or Star Wars. We love outdoor activities, playing board games, and generally goofing around.

How is medical school different from what you anticipated?
It is exactly what I expected. I thought it would be difficult and it is.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Please schedule time to see Judy [Thornton] ASAP if you haven’t found the schedule that works well for you. Don’t feel that you need to deal with your stressors alone either…[RVU’s Counseling Center] is always a huge help.

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