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

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with the Military Track.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I really like the availability of faculty and their commitment to student improvement. One of the major reasons I chose RVU was the atmosphere, as I have met some amazing mentors and friends in my time here. Close proximity to countless hiking and snowboarding trails doesn’t hurt either!

What are your medical interests?
I find myself interested in many fields, namely Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. I am looking forward to starting rotations next year to explore my interests a bit more.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
I am a Navy HPSP student, so I will enter into a General Medical Officer (GMO) tour followed by residency, or go straight into residency. I am excited for the possibility of completing a Flight Medicine or Dive Medicine GMO tour. Previous to RVUCOM, I was a tutor and I am interested in teaching medicine at a point later in my career.

What advice do you have for first-year students? 
My biggest piece of advice to first year students is to learn how to manage your time properly. Multiple passes and quizzing over the material help tremendously with retention.

What do you do in your spare time?
Taekwondo, Snowboarding, and Biking.

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