Student Spotlight

Valerie Martin, OMS I

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Plymouth, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology with a minor in Chemistry (University of Utah)
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Why did you choose RVU? I was raised on a farm in a small town where we had limited access to healthcare. RVUCOM places great emphasis...
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Faculty Spotlight

Jacquelyn Waller, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Director of Faculty Development

  • Hometown: Craig, CO
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Pharmacy (University of Montana); Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency (Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital)

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Master of Science in...
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Student Spotlight

Katie Rose-Borcherding, OMS II

Class of 2018

Why did you choose RVU?
After my interview day at RVU, I knew that if I was accepted I would choose RVU over any other school. Everyone was so kind and had such a positive energy. The building itself was bright with colors and beautiful pictures of Colorado were everywhere. The curriculum seemed very challenging, but I knew it was a place I could thrive because of the supportive environment I found.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The people. RVU is a place where the security guards will send out the most encouraging email before a test. The professors are currently involved in promoting wellness programs for the students. My classmates will share all resources and help me figure out a concept whenever I need it. The community is unlike any other and I am so glad I chose RVU!

What are your medical interests?
I am very interested in Pediatrics. I love the energy kids bring and, in pediatrics, “fairy dust” can be what fills up IVs! I would love to integrate osteopathic manipulation into my pediatric practice one day. From birth trauma to high school sports injuries, there is a need for osteopathic pediatricians to use OMM to help set up these little ones for a lifetime of good health. I would love to also have a relationship with a hospital/physicians group in a third-world country to be able to provide aid and the training they need to provide health care in their community.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
RELAX! It will be okay. Take Friday nights off. Take the night after a test off. Go skiing. A rested mind studies so much better and more efficiently than an exhausted one, I promise.

Fun facts about you?
I have been to 17 countries. Also, I have been on a gluten-free diet for 10 years and love to bake gluten-free goodies!

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