Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Student Spotlight

Jacob Egget, OMS II

Class of 2021

What are your medical interests?
I think surgery is amazing, especially orthopedics. The fact that we can “cut to cure” blows my mind. I worked as a scrub technician in the OR for a year and all I could think about was how badly I wanted to be a surgeon.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to go places with my incredible wife, Carson, and our beautiful daughter, Austen.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Just kidding. Pace yourself. You learn so much amazing stuff in year one, but it just keeps coming and coming and never lets up. If you overdo it in the first couple of class (like I did), you will struggle to maintain that place in the later ones. Study at a sustainable level each day, and don’t forget to exercise and have fun.

Fun facts about you: 
I love reading and writing, and I have published a couple of articles about medical school online. I look up to physician-writers like Atul Gawande and Michael Crichton.

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