Student Spotlight

Zach Wagner, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Napa, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Physiology / Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University
  • Clubs and Activities: SGA, Vice President of Student Welfare (Class of 2019)

Why did you choose RVU? I was excited about RVU’s innovative curriculum and quiet rooms for the babies to watch lectures too. What do you like...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brian Schwartz, PhD, MLIS

Director of Library Sciences; Associate Professor of Medical Humanities

  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: English and Philosophy
  • Graduate Studies: Masters in Library and Information Science; Doctorate in Information Management

What class do you teach? Evidence-based medicine and a few guest shots in Primary Care Medicine Why did you...
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Student Spotlight

Kelli Tichy, OMS I

Class of 2021, RVUCOM-SU

Why did you choose RVU?
In addition to the incredible reputation, RVU has a strong sense of community and student voice, which I think is important to help shape the future of medicine.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The faculty are deeply involved and believe in the mission of the school on a personal level and that is shown by how they interact with us students.

What are your medical interests?
I am extremely passionate about reducing global mortality rates (particularly of diseases we already know how to prevent and treat), HIV, and TB.

What do you appreciate most about Southern Utah and the local area?
Utah is a giant playground…the ability to get outside and experience the gorgeous views (including Zion) is so important to relieve stress.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Failure is a good thing. Also, keep your chin up! The most important key to success is resilience, so don’t forget that if you are struggling, you are learning.

What are your plans for after RVUCOM?
Volunteering overseas for an extended amount of time. I plan on fellowing in Infectious Diseases after working for a few years.

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to ride and train horses (particularly working cowhorses), read, and paint.

What is your favorite class and why?
I loved immun/heme/lymph (IHL) because I think immunology is an important effector for all pathologies. It is fun to learn something so expansively applicable.

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