Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University.
  • Clubs and Activities: Social Chair and Historian for the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) RVUCOM-CO chapter. Member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization.

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

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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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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