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

Kathryn Forneris, OMS II

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I knew I wanted to be an osteopathic physician. Beyond that, I chose RVU-SU based on board scores, match rates, location (which is PERFECT for outdoor enthusiasts), the sense of community, and the curriculum format – I wanted a systems-based curriculum and I loved the added benefit of ultrasound training.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The sense of community. Medical school can be rough, but it’s a lot easier when surrounded by amazing people. I can’t speak highly enough of my peers, the faculty and staff at RVU.

What are your medical interests?
My medical interests are osteopathic family medicine, potentially with a focus on women’s health or Obstetrics/Gynecology.

What do you appreciate most about Utah and the local area?
It’s stunningly beautiful here year-round, and the weather is amazing. We’re pretty much in the epicenter of outdoor recreation, with some of the nation’s best hiking, canyoneering, climbing, and skiing within driving distance.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
Applying for medical school was one of the most stressful times of my life. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It will all be worth it!

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