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

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

Why did you choose RVUCOM?
I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever field I choose to go into.

What do you like most about RVUCOM?
RVUCOM has a “no students left behind” type of mentality. I’ve seen my peers struggle at the beginning of a course and finish strong because of all the resources available to us.

What are your medical interests?
I am interested in a surgical specialty.

What do you do in your spare time?
I hang out with my dog and go hiking!

What advice do you have for first-year students?
I would encourage first year students to find something they love about every course and hold on to that, because that is what will motivate you to keep going even when times get tough.

How is medical school different from what you anticipated?
Medical school requires flexibility and the ability to adapt to every situation. One strategy won’t work for every course so be willing to change for the better.

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