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

Elise Martin, OMS II

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
Having lived in Texas my entire life, I wanted to go to medical school outside of the state.  RVUCOM-SU is surrounded by so much natural beauty and has amazing weather. I also loved the idea of the systems-based curriculum, and I was very impressed by previous students’ board scores.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The relaxed atmosphere that comes from the students, faculty, and environment has made the last extremely difficult two years enjoyable.

What are your medical interests?
My interests are OB/GYN, Family Medicine, and Dermatology.

What do you appreciate most about Utah and the local area?
It is the most gorgeous place to live. When I am driving into town or going to the coffee shop in La Verkin, I truly can’t believe how lucky I am. The red mountains still don’t seem real to me!

What do you do in your spare time?
I have made a pretty incredible group of friends here at RVU, and we just like to relax together any chance we can get. Going on hikes around here and skiing in Brian Head are some of my favorite off day activities. I also started doing jigsaw puzzles recently!

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Make sure to do things that make you happy. Go see family if you get a long weekend and are from out of state. Make a playlist of music that makes you smile, and go outside and listen to it. School can get hard, but remember that it will make you appreciate the really good times when they come around. Work hard, play hard!

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