Student Spotlight

Karen Norling, OMS-II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University.
  • Clubs and Activities: Social Chair and Historian for the Student Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (SAMOPS) RVUCOM-CO chapter. Member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) student organization.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM for the curriculum design, welcoming atmosphere, and opportunities to get involved early in military medicine with...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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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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