Victoria (Tori) Valdes, OMS II
Class of 2023 - RVUCOM-CO
BS in Public Health Sciences from University of California, Irvine
What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
Global Medicine Officer of SGA, Global Medicine Track, ACOEP Board Member, AMWA, Ultrasound Club, Association of Women Surgeons
Why did you choose RVUCOM?
RVU’s collaborative spirit became the most important feature for me. I knew I would be wading into four stressful years and I wanted to be somewhere that promoted student wellness and collaboration. Everyone from students to faculty embodies this. During my first year I could stop any second-year student (a complete stranger) in the hallway to ask a quick question and they would stop, pull out their laptop, and help answer my question.
What do you like most about RVUCOM?
I’ve come to treasure the ease with which I can reach out to my professors. Any question, regarding a course topic or a personal interest is welcomed.
What are your medical interests?
Emergency Medicine or General Surgery. But I’m fully prepared for next year to take me by surprise!
What do you do in your spare time?
I take full advantage of Colorado by indulging in snowboarding, hiking, camping, and fishing. There’s something to do in every season and being outside completely resets me.
What advice do you have for first year students?
You get a lot of advice when you start first year, but the one odd suggestion that I took was: “Get a hype man.” My “hype man” is another student who calls me before every single exam and reminds me how hard we’ve both worked and how we need to be confident in ourselves. Half the battle of medical school is retaining your confidence when you’re feeling overwhelmed!
Fun fact about you:
I have a lazy, peanut butter-loving cat who is the best study buddy!
What is your favorite class currently and why?
Renal II! I know, of all the classes to choose, right? But I think renal is amazing. It’s an extremely complex system and one of the most difficult courses I’ve had to tackle, but I actually loved every minute of it. It goes to show that you might not know what you enjoy until you stumble into it.
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