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COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (COM) STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

August Stuppy, OMS III
Class of 2023 - RVUCOM-UT
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2023

Campus Location
Colorado Campus

Hometown:
Joplin, Missouri 

Undergraduate studies:
Hendrix College, BA 

Graduate studies, if applicable:
Rocky Vista University, MSBS

What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
ACOFP and the Student Board of DEI

Tell us a bit about yourself
Hello! I’m August Stuppy. I’m an OMSII that hails from southwest Missouri. I graduated from the RVU Master’s program in 2019, and I’m in the RVUCOM class of 2023.

What initially brought you to RVU? Why did you decide to pursue this degree?
I wanted to be as prepared as I could be for the long journey that is medical school. I started looking into Master's programs that have pipeline programs into their associated medical school, and I ended up visiting the Colorado RVU campus to see whether it would be a good fit for me. I learned more about the philosophy of osteopathy and caring for the whole person, and it aligned with the beliefs I held with regard to addressing the vastly varying contributors to health. I decided that I would apply to the Master's program, and three years later I'm a second-year medical student about to take boards and start rotations!

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests and hobbies)?
I really enjoy language-learning, and I want to be fluent in four languages by my 40th birthday. I know some Spanish, over one-thousand signs in American Sign Language, and I've learned about 100 Japanese hiragana and katakana symbols. I always keep a loaf of bread at the ready for my family, baking a loaf every few days. It's a wonderful way to express my creativity by exploring different flavor combinations and my interest in the foods and flavors of other cultures.

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I’ve eaten one meal per day for the past four years! Not only does eating one meal per day work well with budgeting for meals, but it also brings intention toward the food my partner and I prepare and eat. We prioritize preparing sustainable, healthy, home-cooked meals every day, composting as much as we can, and minimizing the amount of waste going to a landfill.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a professor or student while at RVU?
A professor at RVU once said that medical school can only be what you put into it. Yes, that applies to the student’s studying toward classwork, but I’ve found that it’s more than that. I’ve felt the most connected with myself, my classmates, and the university in the commitments that are outside the curriculum. By volunteering and working with the university on projects that engage diversity, equity, and inclusion, I’ve been able to put into practice how I’d like to see the medical field address past injustices in order to create a more just and equitable health environment. With that said, feeling fulfilled in medical school for me does come from doing well in my classes, but much more importantly, being able to marry my personal convictions and civic responsibility with my future profession leaves me feeling the most fulfilled.

What are your medical interests?
I'm currently interested in family medicine and being a medical provider for marginalized and underserved populations. The healthcare system in this country is largely inaccessible for a large portion of the people who need healthcare, and I want to become a physician who strives to mitigate the many health disparities that exist through language-learning and patient advocacy.

What is a favorite memory you have from being in RVU?
There are so many! But if I had to pick, then I'd probably choose the celebration of graduating from the Master's program at RVU. The graduating class was relatively small, and so our class had grown very close. That graduation party was a celebration of that closeness and the pride that I have in my fellow graduates for completing such a rigorous program. Dr. Towne and Dr. Roberts have done an incredible job with the program.

What advice do you have for prospective students?
I think that in order to succeed in medical school, I needed to have balance between school and self. Despite being in medical school, I still needed to be able to express myself both in creative projects and express the person I want to become through reading every day. Creative projects, like creating a new bread recipe or designing a card to send to a friend, help me take time to reflect on where I am and how I’m feeling. By making time for reading, I’m able to educate my future self about topics that my present self cares deeply about, such as housing discrimination, modern segregation, implicit bias toward people of non-White racial and ethnic backgrounds, and disparities in healthcare. In medical school I needed to check in with my day-to-day self, but I also needed to make time to invest in the self that I aspire to become outside of school. My advice to prospective students would be to find out how to make that a priority in the most productive, sustainable way possible.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (MSBS) STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Stacey Clark
Hometown: Zachary, Louisiana
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am from a fairly small town outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I love to dance and watch football. I also have a pomsky named Princeton who keeps me busy. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas where I earned my BS in Forensic Anthropology in 2021. Sic' Em Bears!

What initially brought you to RVU? Why did you decided to pursue this degree?
Upon graduating from Baylor, my MCAT was not the best. I knew that I needed to work on improving my score; however, I did not want to take a gap year. I knew that attending a post baccalaureate program was a great option to improve as a student without taking a gap. I chose RVU because of the supportive atmosphere, as well as the many resources available to all students. I appreciated how the school focused on the student overall, regardless of their test scores. The faculty works diligently to make all students feel comfortable, while simultaneously preparing them for the rigors of many healthcare professions.

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests and hobbies)?
When I am not studying, I enjoy dancing, running, and drawing. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and experiencing different parts of the world.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a professor or student while at RVU?
Make an organized schedule. You will be surprised how much more you are able to accomplish when you have a set schedule.

What are your medical interests?
My medical interests include cardiology, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.

What is your favorite memory of being at RVU?
My favorite memory from being in RVU so far is the community service project that we had to do for medical humanities. We went to Denver to help with COVID vaccines given to the community. It was a great way to help the community and represent RVU in ways other than academia.

What advice do you have for incoming MSBS students?
My advice is to come into this program with an open mind. Know that this program is challenging and the strategies used in undergrad may or may not suffice for this program, but it will prepare you for your future healthcare endeavors. You will succeed if you work hard and believe that you are here for a reason.

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MASTER OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES (MPAS) STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

RESEARCH STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Eric Haskell, PAS
Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Class of 2021

Colorado Campus

Where is your hometown?
Englewood, CO

What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU (family life, interests, and hobbies)?
Adventures with my girlfriend and 10-year-old herding dog, climbing mountains via rock faces, descending mountains on skis, enjoying home-cooked meals with friends around a campfire after a long day outside.

What is an interesting or little known fact about you:
I've flown into various ranges of Colorado for mountain rescue via several different helicopter's including A-Stars, Blackhawks and Chinooks.

How long have you been doing research?
This past year has been my first experience conducting research.

Where did you get your undergraduate? What was your degree?
I received my Bachelors of Art in Philosophy at University of Montana

What type of research are you currently doing at RVU?
My current research looks at the prevalence of traumatic events and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in professional and recreational alpine sports. Prior to being a student at RVU, I worked and recreated in the mountains. I saw numerous accidents and felt their effects on the communities I lived among. PTSD research over the years has expanded from veterans to include other high risk professions and I wanted to further that research. My research will be published in The Avalanche Review this month.

Anything else you would like to share:
Descartes separated the mind from the body; however, my studies in philosophy and medicine have shown me that the two are more interconnected than we think. As future health care professionals, it is important that we contemplate and treat the whole patient, not just one part.

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Rocky Vista University welcomes employment inquiries from qualified individuals who share and support our mission and vision. We value individuals who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, community service, and excellence. As one of the newest of the colleges of osteopathic medicine, RVU enjoys an entrepreneurial culture featuring state of the art facilities and innovative approaches to learning.

The faculty and staff are a school's most valuable commodity. They are the basis of the school's success and the future success of its graduates. At RVU, we have a group of employees who are dedicated to the mission of providing quality healthcare education and of inspiring students to serve with compassion, integrity, and excellence. Visit the RVU Directory to get to know the faculty and staff.

The Marketing Department has developed many ways to learn more about RVU, to follow the latest news and events, and to sing the praises of our students, faculty, and staff. In the News Room, you will find press releases, the Vista View newsletter, the Prairie Dogs and Roadrunners blog, and our social media accounts.