Student Spotlight

Tesia Kolodziejczyk, OMS III

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the Dermatology/Pathology AOC and the RVU Internal Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Close to home! Being close to my support system was very important to me. What do you like most...
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Faculty Spotlight

Ben Wilde, DO, FAAFP

Vice Chair of the Department of Primary Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

  • Hometown: Worland, Wyoming
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Wyoming
  • Graduate Studies: Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; Family Residency with Southern Illinois University in Quincy, Illinois.

What class do you teach? Principles in Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Principles and Practice, GI II, Repro II, and Medical...
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Student Spotlight

Drew Glerum, OMS II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
First of all, in my evaluation of potential schools, I was committed to attending an osteopathic program simply because I see the tools, training, and mindset as invaluable to the physician-patient experience and relationship. Second, I was impressed with the amount of thought, effort, and work put into the curriculum. The way the classes are organized made sense to me and explained the consistently high board score averages from RVU students.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The people. Classmates, staff, and professors alike are supportive and friendly. I’ve made some wonderful life-long friends and have been encouraged and motivated by countless people. On a handful of occasions I have walked into an office with a question or problem and left feeling so much better after a great conversation with a staff or faculty member.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Ask for help. My first round of medical school applications I was quite the loner. I was too embarrassed to ask people what to include and what to avoid in essays, or how to afford traveling for interviews. A majority of the people I’ve interacted with on this journey are more than willing (in fact, they are thrilled) to help another. Once you’ve made it to medical school, asking for help will be even more helpful – even vital – so get comfortable with it sooner rather than later.

What are some fun facts about you?

  • I have collected bouncy balls for almost a decade now.
  • I love anything having to do with Star Wars, coffee, or philosophy.
  • I am the second of ten kids in my family.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
There’s always something fun to do and (almost) always beautiful weather to do it. Regardless of how you define a good time, this place has something for you, especially if it involves being outside. I love the beauty of the hikes in the mountains, the breweries literally everywhere, and dozens of other activities that serve as effective study breaks or exam celebrations. I live just blocks away from the Cherry Creek Trail, and love spending several hours on the weekends biking the trails.

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