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

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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