These four students, all of whom were members of the Rural Health Scholars program at SUU, were recipients of traditional admission and the second class of the Early Acceptance Program that is currently available to SUU students who are members of RHS.
Recipients of admission through the EAP at SUU include Riley Fehr and Ashley Ostler, while those who gained admission through traditional means are Tyson Torgersen and Tyler Argyle.
Rita Osborn, executive director of the Utah Center for Rural Health, which houses the RHS program, said this accomplishment is significant in the development of SUU’s graduates who choose to advance to medical school and beyond.
“These students have an awe-inspiring opportunity to matriculate to one of the country’s most prestigious osteopathic medical schools. RVUCOM matched 100 percent of their students into residencies last year and had a 99 percent first-time pass rate on their national boards.”
Since SUU began awarding baccalaureate degrees, typically only one or two students annually moved on to medical school. After its 10th anniversary this year, RHS assisted 27 of its students with acceptances into medical school at various universities across the country.
Southern Utah University’s Rural Health Scholars program was developed in 2007 and works with pre-health students to assist them with the requirements for graduate health care programs including test preparation, mock interviews, one-on-one tutoring, and other necessary objectives for these competitive graduate programs.
“Rural Health Scholars attending Southern Utah University are extremely fortunate for this unique opportunity,” Osborn said.
For more information on Utah Center for Rural Health programs, contact Karen Ganss at (435) 865-8573 or visit www.suu.edu/ruralhealth.
Rocky Vista University is a health sciences university located in Parker, Colo. RVU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine was founded in 2006 and opened its doors in August of 2008, enrolling students in its four year program of study leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission.
RVUCOM is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and the Higher Learning Commission. For more information on RVUCOM, visit www.rvu.edu.