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

Kristin Lipe, MS, OMS II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I worked at an office that has RVU students rotating through, so when I was looking to get my masters and saw that RVU was opening a masters program I thought it would be a great opportunity,

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I would say all of the unique and diverse people that it has brought into my life.

What are your medical interests?
General Surgery, Neurology, Endocrinology

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
Hopefully entering a general surgery residency at one of my top two choices

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Grades are important, but establishing and maintaining relationships with your peers is also important. Work hard for yourself, not for the gratification of telling other people about your success.

What are some fun facts about you?
I’ve trekked to Everest Base Camp! Also, I am one of two people in my family with red hair and I had a New Zealand accent growing up as a child.

What is your favorite class currently and why?
My favorite class [during] first year was Neuro. It might have been the most time and study intensive, but I found it way easier to study all the small details because they were easily seen in day-to-day life. For example, learning about the memory pathway as I was committing it to memory made it all the more interesting to me.

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