Student Spotlight

Valerie Martin, OMS I

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Plymouth, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology with a minor in Chemistry (University of Utah)
  • Clubs and Activities:

Why did you choose RVU? I was raised on a farm in a small town where we had limited access to healthcare. RVUCOM places great emphasis...
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Faculty Spotlight

Jacquelyn Waller, PharmD, BCPS

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Director of Faculty Development

  • Hometown: Craig, CO
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Pharmacy (University of Montana); Postgraduate Pharmacy Residency (Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital)

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and Master of Science in...
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Student Spotlight

Valerie Martin, OMS I

Class of 2021

Why did you choose RVU?
I was raised on a farm in a small town where we had limited access to healthcare. RVUCOM places great emphasis on helping underserved populations, including rural communities, and that stood out to me when considering my options for medical schools. My final decision to attend RVUCOM was because of the core values that it stands for. It focuses on preventive medicine and encompasses the traits of integrity, compassion, and excellence in providing patient care. These are skills that I hope to develop and include in my practice as a provider.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
The thing I like most about RVUCOM is the resources that are available to students. We have great study rooms that are equipped with dry-erase [boards] and computer projector screens that are perfect for group or individual study. We have tutoring available to us once a week to help with problem areas and supportive staff and fellows who inherently care about each student’s individual success. Our Campus Dean is able to keep track of all of our names and we have student groups and leadership opportunities that are designed to strengthen our repertoire in becoming the best physicians that we can be.

What are your medical interests?
I am very interested in infertility and high-risk pregnancies. I hope to become an OBGYN and provide solutions and support for families that otherwise struggle in this area.

Why did you opt for osteopathic medicine?
I realized that it can provide me with the education and training to distinguish myself as a physician.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Work hard in undergrad and appreciate the chance that you have to learn in every experience. Don’t take a class just to get a good grade out of it. Take a class to learn everything you can because that knowledge is power and can help someone you interact with later on in your future.

What are some fun facts about you?
I grew up on a farm so I have experience moving pipe, tending poultry, bottle-feeding baby cows, and herding cattle.

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