Fall 2018 RHS Seminars

All seminars begin in WEEK2. Only students who are in their first semester of Rural Health Scholars need to attend the orientation during WEEK1. That orientation will be held Thursday, August 23, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. All current Rural Health Scholars students should be enrolled in one seminar course. All seminars are pass/fail, one-credit DSU courses.

To register:

  • Register for BIOL 3000R-50 (CRN 20975) for RHS Health Exploration Course or BIOL 3000R-51 or 52 (CRN 20976 or 22091) for Advanced Health Seminars
  • To complete registration, click here


  • For seminars, you are still required to do a weekly article and class reflection, due by Saturday at 12:00 midnight to Canvas.
  • You may switch back and forth between seminars if you so choose, especially if you are deciding between different medical disciplines. Please make sure you choose a primary seminar first to attend regularly.


RHS Health Career Exploration Class

Thursdays – 5:15-6:05 p.m., SCI 113
Taught by Rural Health Scholars Staff

Are you interested in a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, nursing, veterinary science, or literary any other healthcare field? This course is the course for you! We will explore the world of healthcare, helping students to identify career paths and the steps necessary to enter each field. We will discuss the requirements for graduate programs, the importance of service, loan forgiveness programs, hear from guest speakers, and learn about current developments in health care. THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR THE ROCKY VISTA EARLY ACCEPTANCE PROGRAM.


Verb.Reasoning/Reading Comp.

Wednesdays – 2:00-2:50 p.m., HCC 477
Taught by Rural Health Scholars Staff,

Reading Comprehension/Verbal Reasoning can be the most difficult part of your entrance exam whether it is the MCAT, DAT, GRE, or OAT. Join this seminar to assist in your entrance exams, as well as your reading comprehension for undergraduate courses. Learning strategies and practicing sections takes significant time – this seminar will give you tools to employ. This seminar will help with your other classes!


Rocky Vista University COM Early Acceptance Program/Medical Specialties

Thursdays – 4:00-4:50 p.m., SCI 137
Taught by Alexander Seegrist and RHS Staff members

This course is specifically for students interested in learning more about the Rocky Vista University Early Acceptance Program. This applies to either the Ivins, UT or Parker, CO campuses. Instructors will cover qualifications for this program, osteopathic medicine, requirements prior to matriculation, student eligibility, and application process.
NOTE: The first six weeks of this seminar leading up to fall break will focus on the RVU EAP Program, after which, students who will apply to the EAP will continue the application process. The final seven weeks of seminars will shift to the medical specialties.


Physician Assistant Seminar

Tuesdays – 6:00-6:50 p.m., SCI 109
Taught by Jacqueline Murray, PA-C, University of Utah PA Program

Discover the career of a Physician’s Assistant. Taught by a local PA Jacqueline Murray, course content will cover the application process, specialties vs. primary care, emergency medicine, palliative care, SOAP notes, and general role of Pas in Utah. This course is suggested for anyone interested in learning more about the PA career path, as well as those who have decided this is the route for them.


Pharmacy Seminar

Thursdays – 7:00-7:50 p.m., SCI 113
Taught by Colton Winder, PharmD, Hurricane Family Pharmacy

Taught by local pharmacist Colton Winder. Explore pharmacy as a career choice and learning of the challenges and successes of the profession. Students will also learn the basics of applying to pharmacy school. This seminar is a great choice for any student as the Pharmacy field impact all the healthcare.


Medical Skills Training

Fridays – 9:00-9:50 p.m., SCI 137
Taught by Elijah Fielding, PA-C, Family Healthcare

Learn to take blood pressures, do basic lab tests, take patient histories, and explore patient confidentiality issues. In addition, discover universal precautions and leave this class ready to interact with patients. This seminar is highly encouraged for students interested in participating in Health Fairs, Cultural Immersion Trips, and other patient exposure activities. If you do not have any other heath (Pharm Teach, CNA, MA, EMT).


Medical Spanish

Mondays – 1:00-1:50 p.m., HCC 475
Taught by Lauren Brown

Develop your medical terminology. This course will cover content from Barron’s Spanish for the Health Care Professionals. You should have a basic understanding of the Spanish language before taking this course. This course is suggested for those interested in attend a Spanish-speaking cultural immersion trip (such as Dominican Republic or Nicaragua) or anyone who may work Spanish-speaking patients in the future.


FQHC Dental Shadowing Practicum

On Your Own Time as Scheduled by Family Healthcare

This course is a collaborative effort between the Rural Health Scholars Program and the Family Healthcare St. George Clinic to offer pre-dental students a unique opportunity to shadow a professional dentist in a formally structured practicum at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

FAHCs mist serve an underserved area or population, offer a sliding fee scale, provide comprehensive services, have an ongoing quality assurance program, and have governing board of directors. Because of this, shadowing experience at these facilities are looked upon very favorably by dental school admissions boards, making this a unique opportunity to set yourself apart.

*There are limited spaces available. To reserve your seat in this seminar, you need to have completed to google form listed above.



U.S & World Health System

Tuesdays & Thursdays – 1:00-2:15 p.m., SCI 109
Taught by Kasey Shakespeare, MHA, MPH, MA, Innovations Plaza 177

Explore the ins and outs of the United States Healthcare system, including how we arrive at where we are today, what are the major problems facing our system, and what direction are we heading. Also provides an in depth comparison of the US system to those of a number of other countries across the globe.

NOTE: Please register for HLTH 3040 (NOT BIOL 3000R) for this course. It is a 3 credit hour class and is graded. Students are expected to still turn in a reflection journal to RHS at the end of the semester, but other course requirements will differ.