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

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

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

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I love the community! I have a family at RVU and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I’m a salsa dancer. I’m on two local teams in the Denver area and next year, I hope to compete.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Never listen to anyone that says a class is easy. Medical school isn’t easy and the more you can convince yourself of that and put your all into every class, the better you will do in medical school. But more importantly, have fun. Explore your community, get involved in things, and don’t think you have to leave your hobbies behind.

Fun facts about you:
I have lived on four continents and I speak a little Russian.

Why did you opt for osteopathic medicine? 
I wanted to learn everything that medicine has to offer and that includes osteopathic manipulation. I wanted to leave medical school with the most tools to best treat my future patients.

How is medical school different from what you anticipated?
I knew it was going to be hard but it is not only academically challenging, it is personally challenging. No amount of preparation could ever truly prepare you. It will push you to the heights and the depths of who you are and challenge you in ways you could never imagine, but that is what makes it so rewarding.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
My biggest question coming into medical school was will I have to lose who I am to become a doctor? Will I be able to keep dancing and doing the things I love? The answer is: that is 100% up to you. You can choose to make medical school your everything because it will certainly ask for everything you have. However, you can also decide that you are more than just a medical student and make time for the things and people that you love. If you’re looking for a school that will allow and encourage you to be both a medical student and everything that makes you who you are, RVU is the place for you!

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