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

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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