Student Spotlight

Shreyash Pradhan, OMS III

Class of 2020 (Fellow)

  • Hometown: Aurora, CO
  • Undergraduate Studies: Integrative Physiology (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Clubs and Activities: Anatomy Fellow, Orthopedics, Surgery, Rotary, Sports Med, Global Track, and RVU Ambassador

Why did you choose RVU? RVUCOM’s dedication to providing care to the underserved population and the Rocky Mountain region specifically. Colorado has been home for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Sarah Curtis Lopez, DO

Assistant Professor, Osteopathic Principles and Practice; Course Director, OPP I & II; OPP Pre-doctoral Fellowship Director

  • Hometown: Dallas, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: BA in Spanish: Hispanic Studies
  • Graduate Studies: University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (Fort Worth, TX); Neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM) residency at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY)

What class do you teach? OPP I-IV, NMM/OMM residents Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM? What drew...
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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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