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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White Coat Ceremony

Every year, Rocky Vista University holds a White Coat Ceremony for each campus. The White Coat Ceremony is a medical school tradition that welcomes new students into the medical profession. Upon being coated (the act of officially receiving their medical school white coats) by physician faculty members, the students are led by fellow classmates in reciting the vision statement that they, as a class, have written to express their goals and values for the next four years at RVUCOM.

Frequently Asked Questions – Parker, Colorado

Q: Where will the White Coat Ceremony be held?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will be held at CU South Denver (The Wildlife Experience) in Parker, Colorado.

Q: When is the White Coat Ceremony?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Q: How can my family get up to date White Coat Ceremony information?
A: Please refer them to the RVU website.

Q: How long is the ceremony expected to last?
A: The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q: Is the White Coat Ceremony mandatory?
A: Yes. The White Coat Ceremony is mandatory for new students only. If you are repeating your first year, you will have the option of attending the ceremony.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Yes, the rehearsal will take place on campus a couple of days before the ceremony. Details on time and location will be sent to all incoming students.

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?
A:  Yes, family members will be able to take pictures of you from the back of the theater.

Q: Will the ceremony be recorded or streamed?
A: No, the ceremony will not be streamed, but yes, it will be recorded. A copy of the recording will be emailed out to the students about a week or two after the ceremony.

Q: When and where will I pick up my white coat?
A: White Coat pick-up will take place on campus a couple of days before the ceremony. Details on time and location will be sent to all incoming students.

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend the White Coat ceremony?
A: Yes, each student will receive four tickets to the ceremony (not including themselves). A survey will go out at the beginning of June and this is how you will select how many tickets you will need. A section at the bottom of the survey will be available for those requesting additional tickets.

Q: How will I know if I will get the extra tickets I requested?
A: Erica Whatley will send you an email after the survey closes and will let you know if we have enough tickets to accommodate your extra guests.

Q: Who will coat me at the ceremony?
A: Each student will be coated by a member of the Rocky Vista University faculty.

Q: When should I arrive at the venue with my family? I want them to have a good seat.
A: The ceremony will begin right on time. Students should arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony. The theater doors will open promptly at 1:00pm and we recommend guests arrive no later than an hour before the start of the ceremony. All seating is first come, first served.

Q: Where do I park? Is there a charge for parking?
A: CU South Denver has a large parking lot in front of the venue and parking is free.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony or tickets?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at ewhatley@rvu.edu or 720-874-2407.

Frequently Asked Questions – Ivins, Utah

Q: Where will the White Coat Ceremony be held?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will be held at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Ivins, Utah.

Q: When is the White Coat Ceremony?
A: The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:30-10:00am.

Q: How can my family get up to date White Coat Ceremony information?
A: Please refer them to the RVU website.

Q: How long is the ceremony expected to last?
A: The ceremony will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Q: Is the White Coat Ceremony mandatory?
A: Yes. The White Coat Ceremony is mandatory for new students only. If you are repeating your first year, you will have the option of attending the ceremony.

Q: Is there a rehearsal for the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Yes, the rehearsal will take place on campus the day before the ceremony. Details regarding time and location will be sent to the students in September.

Q: Will my family be able to take pictures of me as I cross the stage?
A:  No. Family members will not be allowed close enough to the stage to take photos of you. However, a professional photographer will take a picture of each student as they cross the stage. Information regarding where you can download these photos will be sent out after the ceremony.

Q: Will the ceremony be recorded or streamed?
A: No, the ceremony will not be streamed, but yes, it will be recorded. A copy of the recording will be emailed out to the students about a week or two after the ceremony.

Q: Does my family need tickets to attend the White Coat ceremony?
A: No. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis and it is free. There is no limit as to how many guests students may invite.

Q: Who will coat me at the ceremony?
A: Each student will be coated by a member of the Rocky Vista University faculty.

Q: When should I arrive at the venue with my family? I want them to have a good seat.
A: The ceremony will begin right on time. Students should arrive 30 minutes before the ceremony. The amphitheater will open at 7:45am and we recommend guests arrive no later than an hour before the start of the ceremony. All seating is first come, first served.

Q: Where do I park? Is there a charge for parking?
A: The Tuacahn Amphitheater has a large parking lot in front of the venue and parking is free.

Q: What if someone in my family requires disability accommodations?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at ewhatley@rvu.edu if one of your guests requires an accommodation for the White Coat Ceremony. Please also state the nature of the accommodation (e.g. accessible seating, etc.)

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding the White Coat Ceremony?
A: Please contact Erica Whatley at ewhatley@rvu.edu or 720-874-2407.

White Coat Ceremony Information
Erica Whatley
Assistant Director of Special Events and External Relations
(720) 874-2407
ewhatley@rvu.edu