Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Student Spotlight

Raymond Kwong, OMS II

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
The interview process made me feel very welcomed and wanted. I had been to other interviews where I was competing against thirty to seventy other potential students in the same day. The smaller interview groups like I experienced during my RVUCOM interview showed me that the school really took their time to look at potential students.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
Since the Southern Utah Campus is still relatively new going into its third year, I really enjoy the opportunities that student have to create connections and to work with the community.

What do you appreciate most about Utah and the local area?
There is so much to do outdoors! You can go rock climbing just five minutes away from campus. In thirty minutes, you can go boating or spend time with friends out on the lake. Under two hours, you can be in Zion, one of the most beautiful places on Earth, or you can go snowboarding. When we do get some free time, we try to make the most of it.

What do you do in your spare time?
Right now, James Harley, OMS-II, and I spend our free time making videos about the school and other aspects of the medical school life. We recently made an RVUCOM-SU ad showing other reasons to come to RVUCOM-SU besides the academics. You can check it out at:

What advice do you have for first-year students?
You are more than just a student. Keep doing the things that make you who you are. Study hard, but don’t get stuck believing you need to study fourteen hours a day everyday for the next four years.

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