Student Spotlight

Tesia Kolodziejczyk, OMS III

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the Dermatology/Pathology AOC and the RVU Internal Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Close to home! Being close to my support system was very important to me. What do you like most...
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Faculty Spotlight

Ben Wilde, DO, FAAFP

Vice Chair of the Department of Primary Care Medicine
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

  • Hometown: Worland, Wyoming
  • Undergraduate Studies: University of Wyoming
  • Graduate Studies: Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine; Family Residency with Southern Illinois University in Quincy, Illinois.

What class do you teach? Principles in Clinical Medicine, Osteopathic Principles and Practice, GI II, Repro II, and Medical...
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Student Spotlight

Mikenzie Sturdevant, OMS I

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM because of their competitive statistics for the boards and the opportunity to be involved in the Rural and Wilderness Track.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The first time I walked into RVUCOM-SU for my interview, I experienced the feeling of inclusiveness from both the faculty and students. The support system that exists here at RVUCOM is unique in that everyone is approachable and invested in your success. By removing the intimidation factor (that I found interviewing at other institutions), RVUCOM has created a learning environment that brings out the best potential in all of their students.

What are your medical interests?
Although I am unsure what specialty I will go into, I enjoy learning about wilderness medicine through ACOEP. My goal is to partake in the Rural and Wilderness Track.

What do you appreciate most about Southern Utah and the local area?
The scenery surrounding RVUCOM-SU is truly breathtaking. The accessibility of trails and state parks to the school make for adventurous study breaks.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
After graduating and completing residency, I want to go back to Wyoming to practice medicine in a rural community with my husband, Dallas, who is also studying to be a DO.

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending my spare time outside as much as possible. I love hiking, playing soccer and kayaking with my friends and small dog, Stella.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a professional livestock judge for cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. In the summer, I am contracted by different counties in Wyoming or Colorado to judge their shows.

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