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

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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