Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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Student Spotlight

Marcus Oliver, OMS II

Class of 2021

What are your medical interests?
Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine are my top picks right now.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
Help people; hopefully in a good residency.

What do you do in your spare time?
Longboard, Xbox, and hike. Also, I just got a 1980 XT250 which has been a fun project for the summer.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Balance your life, love those who are on this journey with you, and never see setbacks as a failure.

Why did you opt for osteopathic medicine?
People are more than symptoms and problems. The Osteopathic Tenet of the body being self-regulating and self-healing really connected with me. Sometimes people just need a little nudge to see they have the power to live healthier, happier lives.

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