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

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for me is that it is also located in a beautiful area close to home. It was definitely an easy choice for me to make.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I love how I feel like I belong at RVUCOM. We are all a family and want the best for each other.

How is medical school different from what you anticipated?
I have always been told that medical school is hard, but I didn’t really know what that meant until I was in it. Medical school is very different from undergrad education when it comes to the time commitment, the information retention requirements, and the exams. It is a new level of responsibility, but I have become a stronger person because of it all.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Organization is very important. Professors provide lots of PowerPoints, documents, and resources that can be hard to keep track of. I recommend Microsoft OneNote as a way to consolidate all information for quick access.

What are your plans after RVUCOM?
I will be working for the Air Force as a physician after I graduate. I am planning on becoming a pediatrician because I love to work with children.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to exercise at the gym, hike, snowboard, cook, and have an occasional Netflix binge.

Fun fact about you:
I participated as a contestant for the Miss Utah USA pageant last year.

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